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SA condom testing taken to new level

2011-12-05 21:17

Johannesburg - Condom testing is soon to be carried out in line with new, international standards at the SA Bureau of Standards (SABS), the institution said on Monday.

This would be the first such testing in South Africa of male and female condoms made from synthetic materials.

"Before the formal adoption of these standards, no test methods existed in South Africa for condoms made from synthetic materials," said Sadvhir Bissoon, standards executive at SABS.

"Hence, the adoption of the international standards allow products to be tested locally while giving local manufacturers an opportunity to supply raw materials or develop new innovative products for commercial trade."

He said the standards related to issues such as condom fit, packaging and production design.

They further stipulated that all materials used in synthetic condoms be validated as constituting a barrier to the HI-virus and other infectious agents responsible for the transmission of sexually transmitted infections.

Bissoon said the adoption of the condom standards - known as SANS 23409/ISO 23409 for the male devices and SANS 25841/ISO 25841 for the female devices - came about through a continued relationship between the SABS, the department of health, and the International Organisation for Standardisation.

Comments
  • maseratifittipaldi - 2011-12-06 05:52

    I am going to apply for the job as a tester.

      makatika - 2011-12-06 08:54

      Good for you, I will organize that you have soft artificial stuff to test with

      Heinrich - 2011-12-06 11:33

      What's the name of that arti one? Does she like testing?

  • Preshen - 2011-12-06 10:04

    Why the the penis throw the condom out the window ? He was pissed off

  • Samuel - 2011-12-06 11:23

    When it pass the test, they will staple a tag on it declaring it safe

  • Samuel - 2011-12-06 11:26

    Three some: will need condoms that work (came about through a continued relationship between the SABS, the department of health, and the International Organisation for Standardisation.)

  • Faizie - 2011-12-27 18:41

    Can I nominate my child father who doesnt pay maintenance. Perhaps some other girl will be saved

  • Steyn - 2011-12-27 19:44

    ...and when can we expect these certified products on the shelves?..It will Bissoon... :-)

  • Steyn - 2011-12-27 19:55

    Now we can vociferously appeal to everyone: Use condoms, sex is not something you f.....fool around with!

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