Package Testing

Package testing is essential to ensure the safe and efficient delivery of your pharmaceutical or medical product to its final destination. By simulating real-world conditions under the most current ASTM, ISO, and ISTA standards, Infinity Laboratories assesses your package or container’s readiness for distribution. Our team provides the highest quality testing services and our laboratory is A2LA-certified, demonstrating that our quality system is sufficient to conduct ASTM test standards.

Importance of Package Testing

As your testing partner, Infinity will work to ensure that your package remains intact throughout product distribution. Our comprehensive package testing replicates the conditions of the distribution process in controlled and accelerated settings. Infinity’s package tests encompass a range of distribution-related pressures, such as drops, impacts, environmental stressors, and vibrations.

Each product’s specific distribution method dictates the presence of potentially harmful pressures, which differ in frequency and strength. Package testing typically involves multiple rounds of assessments to gauge the performance of the packaging materials and configurations, and ASTM test standards direct most medical device testing.

Infinity Laboratories’ Package Testing Lab

Infinity’s A2LA-certified laboratory is fully equipped to conduct robust package testing for your final drug product or medical device. Our package testing apparatuses  include:
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Manual Handling Apparatus

Simulates the manual handling and manipulation of packages in various real-world scenarios, assessing the durability, structural integrity, safety, and overall ability of the package to navigate distribution intact.

Atmospheric Conditioning Apparatus

Simulates environmental conditions, like temperature variations, humidity, and pressure changes, the packaged product might encounter during its distribution and storage.

Accelerated Aging Apparatus

Accelerates aging conditions by introducing stressors like temperature, humidity, and light in a controlled environment.

Tensile Strength Apparatus

Determines the maximum force a material can withstand before breaking or deforming.

Gross Leak Testing Apparatus

This apparatus creates a controlled environment in which a package is pressurized or subjected to a vacuum to identify the potential for leaks.

Burst Testing Apparatus

Used to determine the burst strength or the amount of internal pressure a package such as flexible films, bags, pouches, and other containers can withstand before rupturing or bursting.

Dye Penetration Apparatus

Uses a colored or fluorescent dye to identify any points of penetration or seepage through the packaging material of a sealed package.

Visual Inspection Apparatus

Relies on human visual assessment, aided by appropriate lighting and magnification, to identify issues that could impact the package’s quality, safety, or functionality.

Sutherland Rub Tester Apparatus

Evaluates the resistance of printed or coated packaging materials to rubbing or abrasion.

Incline Impact Apparatus

Evaluates how well packaging materials and designs can withstand sudden impacts during transportation, handling, or storage.

Electrodynamic Shaker Apparatus

Assess how well packaging materials and products can withstand vibrations during transportation, handling, or other environmental conditions.

Package Testing Services

Infinity’s package testing laboratory is ISTA and ISO 17025 certified. For medical devices, our team conducts all performance testing for packages and containers under ASTM D4169. ISTA standards are typically used for industrial testing, and Military Standards (MIL-STD) are also used when applicable.

Atmospheric Conditioning

Standard: ASTM D4332

Environmental conditioning product packaging is integral to any distribution or packaging testing. Packages are typically exposed to several different profiles, including but not limited to tropical, tundra, and desert climates, before performing packaging or distribution testing. All environmental conditioning is performed in qualified and calibrated chambers that can accurately control temperature (+/- 2C) and humidity (+/- 5%) – if applicable.


Standard: ASTM D642

Measures the compressive resistance of your package or container to ensure the supply of your best end-product. ASTM D642 tests with fixed-head and swivel platen compression to perform corner-to-corner and edge-to-edge orientations on all packages and containers.

Incline Impact

Standard: ASTM D880

Measures a container’s ability to withstand impacts and if the interior packaging can protect its contents. Reproduces the shock damage that may result from handling packages, such as rail switching or pallet marshaling impacts. Incline impact tests evaluate containers and compare the performance of different container designs or shipping systems.

Loose Load Vibration

Standard: ASTM D999

Loose load vibration and fixed displacement vibration testing assess a package’s ability to protect products in three main areas: transit environments, operational environments, and warehousing environments. Testing capabilities include bounce testing and ASTM D624. All testing methodologies meet ISO requirements standards ISO 8318 and ISO 2247.

Manual Handling

Standard: ASTM D5276

Manual handling and drop testing are conducted to measure the readiness of your package for the sudden shocks of free falls that may happen while in transit. Infinity provides necessary ISTA drop test procedures for any type of packaging to ensure they comply with current ISO and ASTM standards.

Random Vibration

Standard: ASTM D4728-17

Random vibration testing simulates the shakes and bumps that may occur during transit to ensure product integrity. ASTM & ISTA profiles are used to simulate truck or air transit vibrations. Packages will be tested in the number of orientations to be used during shipping.

Tensile Strength Testing

Standard: ASTM F88

Whether a medical device is designed for single use or intended for re-sterilization and subsequent use, the package must ensure sterility while remaining user-friendly for healthcare professionals. This standard gauges the tensile strength of the adhesives used in product packaging to achieve this balance, ensuring the package maintains its integrity throughout its lifecycle.

Gross Leak/Bubble Test

Standard: ASTM F2096

This method covers the detection of gross leaks in packaging and is used for tray and pouch packages.

Burst Testing

Standard: ASTM F1140

These methods evaluate the tendency for package failure when the package is exposed to a pressure differential, such as those that commonly occur during sterilization and transportation.

Dye Penetration Testing

Standard: ASTM F1929

Dye penetration integrity tests detect and locate leaks caused by channels formed between a transparent film and a porous material.

Abrasion Resistance of Printed Materials

Standard: ASTM D5264

The standard for abrasion resistance of labels on medical device packaging ensures that all information will still be legible after material contact. Tests are performed using the Sutherland Rub Tester, which rubs materials together at a specified rate.

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