When you make and sell products, you will need to make sure that they are packaged safely and correctly. This is not just to keep the products safe during transport, but to make sure that the consumer is safe while opening and using the items. There are regulations regarding packaging methods which will need to be tested and approved by a competent authority.
Find a Tester
One of the easiest ways to make sure that your packaging methods is to find a qualified tester to work with in designing those methods to begin with. You will need competent authority approval for legal reasons and many of the companies certified to give this approval can also help with other steps along the way. This can save you time and money as well as give you more confidence in your methods. Testers will look at the materials used in the packages, the shape of them and how they hold products, other attributes such as branding and label information are handled by other laws and not usually subject to testing or approval from a competent authority.
Learn the Regulations
You can also learn the key regulations for the products that you are packaging and shipping to ensure that the methods you are using will be approved before you find a tester. This can help you understand what a competent authority is for the field and how to choose the right one to work with. You will want to make sure that the tester or package designer you work with has experience with the types of products you sell and the markets you are selling them in.
The right packages can keep your products from breaking or spoiling on the way to the customers. These attributes will need to be approved by a competent authority to be legally used in packages. Other aspects such as branding and information will have separate regulations that do not usually require testing.