Printing and Packaging Material Lab Testing

Our laboratory testing for printing and packaging materials helps you ensure your packaging meets legal requirements, quality standards, and customer expectations. Learn how our global network of accredited labs helps you simplify quality control.

QC Tailored for Printing and Packaging   

Printing and packaging products are subject to a wide range of expectations. Packaging must protect a product from production to the time it reaches the consumer. Packaging that comes into contact with food must be safe. Labels and packaging may need to meet regional safety or environmental requirements. And beyond that, printing and packaging must represent a product’s brand effectively, and consumers want packaging that’s eco-friendly and easy to open.

When it comes to printing and packaging materials, laboratory testing is an essential tool for avoiding costly production delays, compliance violations, returns due to product damage, or rejection due to bad presentation. Our quality and safety testing experts can help you make sure your printing and packaging materials comply with regulations, protect the product, and meet all expectations. Our physical, mechanical, and chemical laboratory tests will help you produce safe, compliant printing and packaging materials that meet legal requirements and quality standards no matter where they end up.

Printing and Packaging Laboratory Testing Requirements

Testing requirements for printing and packaging are as diverse as the products being packaged. As an established leader in quality testing across multiple industries, QIMA offers experienced testing services for a variety of printing and packaging products. The printing and packaging products and materials we test include, but are not limited to: 

  • Packaging for consumer goods
  • Personal care product packaging
  • Food contact packaging
  • Household product packaging
  • Medical and scientific device packaging
  • Sterile packaging
  • Packaging for toys, juvenile/children’s products
  • Packaging for electronics and appliances
  • Sustainable packaging
  • Polyethylene terephthalate and recycled PET packaging
  • Shrink film, stretch-wrap film packaging

The safety and environmental standards of destination markets also vary. QIMA has the global experience to help you understand which regulations and quality standards apply to your printing and packaging products, and how to make sure you meet the requirements.

Printing and Packaging Laboratory Testing Expertise

We have experience testing printing and packaging products against standards and regulations across the globe. We can evaluate your products by testing them against the standards of destination markets as well as any customer-specific requirements you have using a variety of chemical, physical, and mechanical procedures. Tests include:

  • Durability tests
  • Drop and impact testing
  • Construction review
  • Package composition
  • Product function/performance test
  • Package integrity
  • Product parameter check
  • Sensory analysis
  • Moisture/humidity tolerance
  • Heat Deflection Temperature (HDT)
  • Thermal/cold-chain shipping
  • Elevated/reduced temperatures
  • Altitude testing
  • Stacking
  • Compression (machine and dead weight)
  • Burst strength
  • Tensile strength
  • Fragility
  • Tear and perforation testing
  • Storage
  • Glue adhesion
  • Shelf life, accelerated aging
  • Label durability (ink rub, peeling)
  • Environmental conditions
  • Vehicle transportation simulation, vibration/shaking
  • Heat seal/hot tack testing
  • Abrasion resistance
  • Color, gloss, opacity testing
  • UV/sunlight exposure
  • Other tests according to customer requirements or predetermined rules
  • Labeling review

QIMA also offers tests in preproduction phases to help you catch and correct problems early. Leverage our experience with printing and packaging requirements globally across multiple industries to ensure that you get the best support possible throughout the process.

Why QIMA for Product and Supplier Compliance?

The QIMA Benefits

  • A network of global labs providing one-stop service to you and your suppliers
  • Industry leading turnaround time for testing 
  • Testing capabilities covering a wide range of consumer products including electrical & electronics, hardlines, softlines, toys and juvenile products
  • Lab experts trained and certified in regulatory standards and the newest testing methods
  • Global technical support team with rich experience to help you build tailor-made testing programs
  • Easy online and mobile booking and dashboard for managing orders and accessing data anywhere, any time

More Resources

Food Packaging Testing - Learn more about QIMA’s food packaging and food container testing services.

TPCH Compliance Packaging Testing - Learn more about U.S. standards for toxics in packaging, and how to comply.