The NF S99-700 standard, established for the method of qualification of thermal performance, is a reference for the field of thermal and refrigerated packaging used for the transportation of healthcare products. It defines testing protocols to ensure the ability of these packaging systems to maintain products within a specified temperature range, based on defined operating conditions and at least one temperature profile.
The NF S99-700 standard primarily focuses on the qualification of thermal performance, excluding other aspects such as mechanical resistance (shock, compression, puncture, etc.), resistance to radiation (UV, etc.), reusability, etc. However, it can be integrated into an overall qualification protocol or a reusability qualification protocol.
The standard qualification is the recommended basic qualification mode according to the NF S99-700 standard. It strictly follows the protocol described in the document and is applicable in the absence of specific specifications. It only applies to individually packaged units that are not permanently grouped.
On the other hand, specific qualification allows for adaptations to specific specifications. It applies to configurations involving the permanent grouping of individual packaging units. This approach offers more flexibility to meet the specific requirements of the product or shipping context.
The testing method defined by the standard aims to verify the performance of a thermal or refrigerated packaging system in the transportation of healthcare products. The proposed tests allow for checking the packaging's ability to maintain a product within a specified temperature range under defined operating conditions and at least one temperature profile.
The NF S99-700 standard applies to both thermal and refrigerated packaging systems that do not need to be connected to a power source during the shipping process. This covers a wide range of packaging used for the transportation of healthcare products.