LANSING, Mich.—Smithers Pira's distribution testing laboratory in Lansing, Mich., has achieved ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation through the American Association of Laboratory Accreditation by meeting stringent, internationally recognized lab quality standards.
The firm said the accreditation requires rigorous processes and procedures that ensure its laboratory meets the highest standards for independent distribution testing accuracy and quality.
"Our goal is to ensure that our customer's products are packaged so that their characteristics and performance during intended use are not adversely affected by transport and storage," said Michael Kuebler, technical director at Smithers Pira. "Smithers Pira has worked with various companies to validate distribution performance for a range of medical and pharmaceutical products including tissue implant products, inhalers and medication."
Smithers Pira provides independent testing and consulting services to ensure pharmaceutical and medical products meet ISO 11607, an international standard accepted in the European Union and is an Federal Drug Administration-recognized consensus standard in the U.S.
The testing laboratory offers seal/closure evaluation; physical tests for sterile package integrity; physical tests for packaging performance; a variety of specific testing for seal strength, burst, pressure, dye penetration, vacuum, aging, distribution and storage.
Smithers Pira, which is a subsidiary of the Smithers Group, provides services for the medical packaging, food and beverage, consumer goods, electronics and automotive markets in North America. It also does market research and helps clients evaluate packaging performance, manage compliance, gain market insights and identify opportunities.