SA condom testing taken to new level
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.