|QUALITY TESTING METHOD||PRODUCT RANGE|
|UN CODE TESTING PROCEDURE AND FAQ ( FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION)|
|The suitability of a drum for international transport is mentioned in the UN recommendation and is determined by subjecting the filled packaging to certain performance tests. In case of plastic drums these tests are :|
|1. Drop Test (The Height of drop test is determined by the packaging groups and specific gravity ( Density of product to be packed)|
|2. Stack Test for 28 days|
|3. Air & Hydraulic leak tests for liquids carrying drums
The testing of drums is conducted by approved test authority in India. The certificates in India are issued by the Indian Institute of Packaging. (Authorised by Director General of Shipping Government of India).
|B. UN CODE MARKING INTERPRETATION|
|Once a packaging has fulfilled the requirements set out in the performance tests, the UN recommendations then set out a procedure for marking the packaging in an appropriate manner. The certified packaging is first to be marked with the UN symbol. This is followed by a sample code for Identifying the type of packaging, e.g. for plastics drums :|
|1H1 NON REMOVABLE HEAD.
1H2 REMOVABLE HEAD.
3H1 JERRYCAN, NON REMOVABLE HEAD.
3H2 JERRY CAN, REMOVABLE HEAD.
|This in turn is followed by a letter X, Y, or Z, which identifies the packaging group to which the drum has been tested depending upon whether the drum was tested for solids or liquids, the code will contain an "S" preceded by the gross weight of the package tested in Kg. or followed by a number specifying the hydraulic test pressure in KPA. Underneath this code is the certificate number preceded by letters identifying the country in which the drum was certified.|
|C. Validity :-|
|NORMAL VALIDITY OF CERTIFICATION IS FOR 3 MONTHS|
|1. Validity given is for production of the packages. The Packages produced during the validity period can be supplied in additional period of 10 days after expiry of the certificate.|
|2. Against certificate, manufacturers/dealers can supply maximum 2500 packages. If the requirement of exporters is more than 2500 packages it is necessary to take a quality checking report by the manufacturers/dealers of the packages by submitting 5 certificates.|
|3. The manufacturers / Dealers of the packages should not supply the packages after 100 days period from date of issue of certificate.|
|4. The packages produced by the manufacturers/exporters within 100 days can be used for 3 months after expiry of the certificate.|
|5. It is necessary to check the authenticity of the packages by conducting trails as per IMDG-CODE, ANNEX - I if packages are left over after 6 months from the date of issue of certificates. Once the satisfactory performance is obtained, then the exporter/s can utilise the balance quantity of the packages for next three months (i. e Total 9 months period from date of issue of certificate).|
|D. TIME/ COST REQUIRED FOR CERTIFICATION|
|i) For full open mouth drums ( for powders):- The time required for test certification is approx. 7 days ( subject to availability of IIP Inspector). The charges for certification would be approximately Rs.15000/-|
|ii) For narrow wide Mouth drum ( for liquids/pasted). The time required for test certification is approx. 35 days ( subject to availability of IIP Inspector)|
|iii) The charges for certification would be approximately Rs.15000/-|