Performance Standards + Testing

Performance certification of FIBC's is normally required by industry. In the case of transporting dangerous goods it is mandatory in most countries. Standards for Non- Dangerous Goods FIBC's 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 FIBC's- 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 Recommendations for the Transport of Dangerous Goods. All FIBC's 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 FIBC's. 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 recognized by NATA

With certificates for non dangerous goods FIBC's, 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 FIBC's 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 recognized FIBC standard.