C-TPAT High Security Seal Standards- DELAY

POSTED ON: 2/22/2012
C-TPAT High Security Seal Standards - Delay

This message is to clarify the notice sent to all partners on February 7, 2012—Notice of New High Security Seal Standards—March 1, 2012.  The message advised C-TPAT partners that the new International Organization for Standardization (ISO) mechanical seal standard (ISO 17712:2010 ) is scheduled to become effective on March 1, 2012, and recommended that certified companies begin phasing in ISO 17712:2010 compliant seals after their current stocks of high security seals have been exhausted.   

Since the issuance of the previous notice, C-TPAT has learned that the tamper evidence element of the ISO 17712:2010 requirements (Clause 6) cannot be met.  To date, no accredited independent laboratories have been willing to test and certify seals as complying with the tamper evidence requirement.  Consequently, C-TPAT has determined that implementation of the new standard is not viable by the March 01, 2012 deadline.