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Performance Certification of FIBCs

Supplier: Australian Flexible Intermediate Bulk Container Association

Performance certification of FIBCs is normally required by industry. In the case of transporting dangerous goods it is mandatory in most countries.

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Standards for non-dangerous goods FIBCs commonly used throughout the world include:

  • Australian Standard - AS3668-1989
  • Japanese Industrial Standard JIS 1651
  • American Standard T-4102
  • EFIBCA Standard- Commonly used in Europe for non-dangerous goods
  • British Standard for FIBCs - Used now to a lesser extent since EFIBCA standard was introduced
  • ISO Standard
  • In 1989 the AFIBCA Standard AS3668 was published and was widely adopted as the industry guideline throughout Australia and New Zealand and parts of Asia.
  • Dangerous goods
  • UN Chapter 16 is the main internationally recognised standard. All FIBCs carrying dangerous goods in Australia must be UN approved.
  • For food contact packaging the Australian HACCP code is commonly referred to.

TESTING LABORATORIES

There are many laboratories setup around the world and one in Australia for testing FIBCs. Most are reputable establishments but some overseas laboratories are not harmonized with our NATA Association.

UN certificates from overseas will normally only be endorsed by the Australian governing bodies where the testing company is recognised by NATA.

With certificates for non dangerous goods FIBCs, they can be supplied by any test house but we recommend that they come from a test house recognised by NATA.

LABELING

AFIBCA recommend that only FIBCs with labels affixed should be purchased. The minimum information required on any label is;

Name and address of manufacturer or distributor, unique type code, date of manufacture, handling instructions, safe working load (SWL), statement of compliance to a recognised FIBC standard.

 

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