Are there some best practices for shipping my samples to PCL?

Yes. Here are three very helpful actions: 1. Write the quote number on the outside of your package(s). 2. When possible, place your package(s) on a pallet. Use added protection such as sheeting, corner boards, banding, and stretch wrap. Have samples delivered via small parcel or less-than-truckload shipping, such as UPS, FedEx, or DHL. Please use over-pack shippers and cushioning. 3. Clearly indicate whether samples are arriving in over-packs and should be removed from over-packs prior to testing. This helps the lab intake technician accurately record receiving information and prepare for testing.

Does PCL stock prevalidated packaging?

Yes! PCL has single- and dual-barrier film-to-Tyvek pouch options and one dual-barrier tray option. Many of our prevalidated packaging options come with carton boxes and shippers. Request a quote for more information..

How do I add PCL to my approved supplier list?

Contact us, request a quote, email, or call and we’ll connect you with a sales engineer who will help with the information you need..

How do I start working with PCL?

Contact us, request a quote, email, or call and we’ll connect you with a sales engineer who will assist with your medical device packaging project.

How many locations does PCL have?

We have two labs located in the greater Grand Rapids, MI area and a sales office in Boulder, CO.

I need help purchasing a sealer. Can PCL help with this?

PCL partners with many medical device sealing manufacturers and would be happy to help procure a sealer for your sealer validation.

Is PCL ISTA Certified?

Yes, we are. See Packaging Compliance Labs ISTA Certificate here.

Should I use ASTM or ISTA for my transit simulation?

ASTM D4169 and ISTA 3A are both acceptable standards for medical device transit validations per ISO 11607. The decision about which to use depends on how you will be shipping your product once it is for sale. We can give feedback about what we typically see, but would ask that you rely on your regulatory consultant.

What happens to my samples when testing is complete?

You tell us. We can discard the samples or return them to you for further evaluation. Sample disposition is discussed in the return shipment instruction that your operations supervisor will provide.

What industries does PCL service?

PCL is a medical-focused lab. We also support the pharmaceutical and diagnostics industries.

Where can I find a copy of the PCL ISO 17025 certificate?

See Packaging Compliance Labs ISO certificate here

Where should I ship samples for testing?

Packaging Compliance Labs, LLC, C/O [Work Order #] 4334 Brockton Dr SE Suite E Kentwood, MI 49512

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