What is ISO 17712?
Hoefon Security Seals is a supplier of high security seals for, amongst others, shipping containers and trailers. All our security seals are ISO 17712 certified. In this blog we will explain what ISO 17712 means.
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is the global leading developer of voluntary international standards. ISO creates documents that provide requirements, specifications, guidelines or characteristics that can be used consistently to ensure that materials, products, processes and services are fit for their purpose. There are standards for a great variety of products, processes and services and ISO 17712 is a standard for security seals.
ISO 17712 for security seals
This ISO standard documents uniform procedures for the classification, acceptance and withdrawal of mechanical freight container seals. ISO 17712 defines 3 types of classes of security seal strength: “I” for indicative, “S” for security and “H” for high security, where H has the highest strength, also known as barrier capacity.
Security seals has to be tested by an independent third party laboratory to validate the security seal’s classification. The test laboratory must be accredited according to ISO 17025 for testing specific to ISO 17712.
The ISO 17712 standard requires independent testing against three main categories:
- Security seals must be tested to determine its physical strength.
- Seals must be designed and constructed with tamper indicative features that generate tell-tale evidence of tampering.
- Manufacturer’s security-related business processes must be audited.
More information and details about ISO 17712 can be found in ISO’s official documentation.
CTPAT Approved Security Seals
Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) is but one layer in U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) multi-layered cargo enforcement strategy. Through this program, CBP works with the trade community to strengthen international supply chains and improve United States border security. CTPAT is a voluntary public-private sector partnership program which recognizes that CBP can provide the highest level of cargo security only through close cooperation with the principle stakeholders of the international supply chain such as importers, carriers, consolidators, licensed customs brokers, and manufacturers.
CTPAT requires the use of ISO 17712 “H” class seals. Our high security seals are C-TPAT compliant. Do you want more information about our security seals?