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Sanitary Napkin Pad Testing as Per IS 5405 and ISO 10993
IIRT undertake the testing of Sanitary napkins which are used by women when they menstruate. Though using Sanitary napkins pain that comes with menstruation they can certainly reduce the inconveniences associated with vaginal discharge. Quintessential for women, sanitary napkins need to be of superlative quality, so that they don’t have to deal with leakages and discomfort.
These senitary napkins pad make absorbtion of the blood discharge without leaking for a specific number of hours. The senitary pad are use based on use and through systemitacally.
Quality Standards for Sanitary Napkins
To insure good quality of sanitary napkins, quality insured specifications have been formulated by the Bureau of Indian Standards. IS 5405 has detailed descriptions of the norms and regulations that the sanitary napkin manufacturers have to adhere to.
Parameters for testing quality of sanitary napkins
Sanitary napkin has an absorbent filler like cellulose pulp, cellulose wadding, tissues and cotton. These filters are tested to ensure that they do not contain lumps, oil spots, dirt and foreign contaminants.
The covering of the absorbent fillers is the material that allows the discharge to flow into it. It has to be porous. Mostly materials like cotton, gauze and non-woven fabrics are used for making the coverings. They should also be clean and hygienic.
Test of finishing
The surface of the pad should feel soft and comfortable and should not cause any irritation to the skin. The adhesive used to assemble the pad should be used carefully to stick only at the correct points. The absorbent fillers should be placed at even distances to make the surface of the pad smooth.
Testing of absorbents
IIRT is conducting tests on absorbents by subjecting them to liquids. If they can soak adequately without leaking, they are accepted to be good.
Testing sanitary napkins on these parameters according to IS 5405 the biocompatibility test should be according to ISO 10993 to quality Cytotoxicity, Skin irritation and skin senstization.
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