Cambridge Security Seals Meets ISO 17712:2010 Standard

Manufacturers addresses ISO specification relevance for mechanical freight seals

Pomona, N.Y.—March 8, 2012Cambridge Security Seals’ (CSS) current high-security barrier seal products can be used by companies seeking compliance with the new ISO standards that went into effect on March 1. CSS redesigned its products beginning in 2010 when the new standard was under consideration, and all of its seals in that category sold since meet or exceed the measurable criteria as set out in the standard.

“We have tested Cambridge Security Seals’ products and can confirm the products have met every testable criteria set out by ISO 17712:2010,” said Haim Gurewich, Sales Engineer for Dayton T. Brown, an independent engineering and testing laboratory in the U.S.

ISO 17712 2010 was first published in September 2010 and included an 18-month transition period (to March 2012) to deal with technical issues. The new standard is the third generation of 17712. The first was a Publically Available Specification (PAS) published in 2003 and the second was a revision to PAS 17712 published in 2006. Each revision builds on previous requirements.

“This update to the existing standard accounts for product modernization and grants customers added assurance that security seals will perform as needed in the protection of their high value and sensitive cargo,” said Brian Lyle, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Cambridge Security Seals. “CSS customers should be aware that we updated our design, manufacturing and quality assurance in 2010 in anticipation of this improved standard, and they can feel confident using their existing inventory and continuing to order the CSS products upon which they rely. We appreciate the time and effort invested by the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) to ensure the new standard is both meaningful and practical.”

According to the International Organization for Standardization, “ISO establishes uniform procedures for the classification, acceptance and withdrawal of acceptance of mechanical freight container seals. It provides a single source of information on mechanical seals which are acceptable for securing freight containers in international commerce. The purpose of mechanical seals is to determine whether a freight container has been tampered with, i.e. whether there has been unauthorized entry into the container through its doors. Seals can be effective only if seal users properly select, store, account for, apply, document and attend to seals prior to use and in use. Whilst these issues are not addressed in ISO 17712:2010, they are relevant to successful use of the seals covered by ISO 17712:2010.”