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Can you test a product that already exists so that it can meet US Certification for Dangerous Goods by Road?
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Gary Lindsey, Dangerous Goods, a Division of Berlin Packaging

Thank you for your inquiry to our website!

I believe your question is: "Can we test other containers/packages, that we do not manufacture, to meet the regulatory requirements for the USA?"

And, depending on the application, yes, we can. We do use a third party test lab for all our UN certifications, but, if your package system requires changes and then testing for a single package or combination package mark, we can help in the design development and coordinate UN certification.

If UN certification is all you require, the US does acknowledge UN markings from other countries; and, with a few exceptions, is pretty much harmonized with the rest of the World in this area.

Please let us know if we can be of further assistance.



What is variation packaging?
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Cathy Lada, Dangerous Goods, a Division of Berlin Packaging

It is packaging that gives flexibility to the shipper. Within parameters outlined in 49 CFR 178.601, you can ship inner containers different than those that were tested, when certain conditions are met. When using variation packaging, the shipper must follow the manufacturer’s packing and closure instructions. Failure to do so can result in fines and/or injury to property or persons.



Where can I find the different variations for inner containers of combination packaging?
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These can be found in the 49 CFR 178.601 (g) Selective Testing.



Do I need to actually test a package that only needs to be "capable" of passing drop tests?
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The one true way to show capability is to actually perform the drop test. This can be done internally and documented and does need to be performed every two years.

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