What is Cold Chain Testing?

STERIS provides a range of cold chain testing services for packaging designed to transport products that can be affected by normal environmental conditions. The cold chain distribution process is an extension of the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) environment that many products are required to adhere to. These services test the packaging solution to show how long it keeps the products in the stipulated conditions, typically between 2°C and 8°C, in order to retain the freshness of food products or the efficacy of medical or pharmaceutical products.

This testing simulates conditions the products could potentially be exposed to during their shipping duration, whether locally or globally, and is carried out using a range of climatic/environmental test chambers.

STERIS’s experience provides an independent test service for users of temperature-controlled packaging to evaluate the packaging up to its useful life.

Why Perform Cold Chain Testing?

  • To ensure the product can be transported without being damaged by external environmental conditions
  • To ensure the stability of the product

Additional Tests May Include:

  • Altitude testing
  • Drop testing
  • Compression testing
  • Vibration testing

Guidance Documents/Standards

ISTA 7D – Temperature Test for Transport Packaging

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