UN group rules on IBC full design leakproofness test

The UN Committee of Experts recently ruled that manufacturers and reconditioners of intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) and other packagings do not have to perform a full design test on packagings, according to a report by the Reusable Industrial Packaging Association (RIPA).

The UN clarifications on key provisions of the Orange Book ends nearly two years of a contentious international debate on the matter, notes an article in RIPA’s newsletter, Reusable Packaging Today.

The International Confederation of Container Reconditioners (ICCR) reportedly had a major impact on the final decision after submitting a paper on the subject to the UN committee and by participating in the debate.

RIPA notes that the committee’s decision basically formalizes what has been a long-time standard practice in the U.S. and most developed countries.

“The Model Regulations testing provisions should be clearer in meaning with these changes,” RIPA President Paul Rankin said in the article. “Further, no manufacturer or reconditioner will need to change any current practices.”

Special note for companies that use IBCs: BASCO carries a complete line of IBCs that are available in 275-gallon, 330-gallon and 550-gallon sizes. Whether you need an IBC to transport hazardous liquids, chemicals, food-grade products or other contents, BASCO likely has a product made of materials that are compatible with your contents.

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[Published Spring 2015]