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IPS Testing Achieves ISO Certification for Incontinence Product Testing
APPLETON, WIS. (May 14, 2015) – IPS Testing, an independent testing and analytical services provider to customers in the paper, packaging, nonwovens and consumer products industries, announced today the expansion of its ISO 17025 certification to include testing of diaper and incontinence products.
IPS is now certified to test personal care incontinence products according to the following methods: Rate of Acquisition, Rewet, Breathability, Retention Capacity and Elasticity.
The added certification builds on the company’s many years of experience in evaluating absorbent products as well as its plans to assist the efforts of the National Association for Continence (NAFC) and manufacturers that target the institutional market to ensure minimum performance standards for incontinence products are met via standardized testing. Additionally, several states require manufacturers to submit products to an independent laboratory that is ISO 9001 compliant in order to participate in reimbursement programs.
According to Chris Reitmeyer, vice president of IPS Testing, the company sought out the more rigorous ISO 17205 certification, as it means, beyond good laboratory practices, that IPS is certified to complete the particular test methods indicated within the scope.
“This type of testing is important as it is designed to quantify key performance measures of incontinence products such as retention capacity. Doing these tests helps ensure that customers are receiving a quality product and that purchasers are receiving good value,” Reitmeyer said.
Demand for ISO 17025 incontinence testing is expected to grow due to the aging baby boomer population as well as the need to meet state requirements related to quality, according to Reitmeyer. The certification is also beneficial for National Brand Equivalency (NBE) purposes, as NBE testing is performed for retailers and big box stores to aid in the selection of suppliers for store brands.
“Many of the same manufacturers that supply the institutional market also cater to the store brand segment,” Reitmeyer said. “The test methods applied and the ISO accreditation achieved will support this dual purpose.”
Since opening its doors in 1989, IPS serves as an independent testing laboratory for many industries including paper, pulp and print materials; nonwovens; medical supplies; personal care and absorbent products; food packaging; and allied industries. IPS Testing combines physical and analytical testing along with interpretive data analysis to offer clients testing services that help improve and ensure the quality of their products. For more information, contact Chris Reitmeyer at (920) 609-1024 or visit www.ipstesting.com.
For over 30 years, the National Association for Continence (NAFC) has been the largest and most prolific consumer advocacy organization devoted exclusively to incontinence. NAFC is focused on education, collaboration and patient support, as well as increasing awareness of the various solutions associated with bladder and bowel health. NAFC is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization.