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New Changes Promote Greater Container Seal Security And Confidence

Worldwide leader in the manufacturing of security seals, TydenBrooks, expresses support for the recent Clause 6 clarification of the ISO 17712-2010 standard for high security seals.  The certification process will be easier to understand and will increase customer confidence knowing the security seals they buy are following a rigid certification process.

The ISO standard designated 17712:2010 was established to define procedures outlining the certification of mechanical container seals.  The seals are included as part of any security system used to allow visual determination of a break into a container, entry way, or movement of a valve.  The seal indicates when any tampering has occured.  Clause 6 specified that manufacturers would use third-party testing to certify the compliance of their seals. 


In February 2012, U.S. Customs and Border Protecton (CBP) informed the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) that Clause 6 could not be achieved because currently there aren't any accredited third-party centers willing to test the tamper evident seals and certify them against this new requirement. 

The latest change to Clause 6, which comes into effect in May 2014, allows manufacturers to make the auditing of seals part of their company's ISO 9000 procedures.  They must also prove to independent auditors for ISO 9000 that their seal design includes tamper resistance and that they clearly show when the seal has been tampered with.  The C-TPAT High Security Seal certification requirement will be mandatory after May 2014, but manufacturers are recommended to implement these standards immediately. 


TydenBrooks is the leading manufacturer of high security seals globally.  Our focus is on security seals that meet or exceed the ISO 17712:2010 standards for the safety of storage and cargo in a variety of industries. According to our EMEA General Manager, Nic Dancey stresses the importance of the Clause 6 clarification means customers will soon have confidence that the high security seals they buy do meet the ISO standards. They can be assured that the safety measurement is based on the current methods used by criminals to break into containers or tamper with cargo. TydenBrooks has been actively involved in the development of security seal standards and is happy to see this element of the regulations finally resolved.

Prior to the clarification of Clause 6, manufacturers of high security seals were left on their own to interpret the tamper resistance testing process and implement their own methods and rating system.  The new standards require manufacturers to pass an ISO 9000 audit of their products before they can advertise that they are compliant with the standards.

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