In today’s world, patient safety is the primary concern throughout all stages of the medical packaging supply chain. The use of pre-sterilized devices or kits designed for one-time use is an effective way to ensure the cleanliness of the medical device being used. Plastics is an ideal material for single-use packaging because of their versatility, light weight nature, sustainability, and ability to withstand the harsh sterilization techniques required to destroy dangerous bacteria and pathogens.
Impact Plastics is proud to announce its achievement of Food Safety System Certification (FSSC 22000) for its Impact South facility located in Hamlet, NC. “FSSC 22000 Certification is a clear reflection of Impact Plastics' focus and commitment to the food packaging market and to drive continuous improvement in food packaging material for a safe food supply chain,” said Jimmy Shah, Food Safety Team Lead for Impact Plastics. Keep reading to learn more about FSSC 22000.
This article was originally featured in the Q1 2019 Edition of SPE Thermoforming Quarterly Magazine.
With continued population growth, urbanization, and real-time global connectivity, electronics has become one of the fastest growing industries in our modern society. Constant innovation in the fields of smartphones, tablets, laptops, gaming devices, video recorders and television, increases the need for packaging material to provide safe, easy to handle and lightweight material that keeps the product safe from Electro Static Discharge (ESD). North America is the headquarters for some of the leading consumer electronics markets. Products that were previously designed and assembled in North America but manufactured in Asia, are now returning to North America for production as a result of the increasing labor costs in Asia. It is very important for the part shipment and assembly lines for these expensive electronics to be ESD safe.
Plastic is used extensively in modern medicine and the incorporation of plastic into a wide range of applications has been increasing steadily over the past decade - but a thermoformed plastic medical device that touches the human body? Is this safe? How is this controlled? How can we ensure that this material meets the proper requirements and approvals for pharmaceutical and medical applications?