SMTL undertakes testing of sharps containers to BS 7320 and the international standard which replaces it, BS EN ISO 23907:2012 (Sharps injury protection - Requirements and test methods - Sharps containers).

The testing undertaken by SMTL includes all of the standard requirements as follows:

  • Container stability
  • Strength of handle
  • Resistance to penetration (needle penetration testing of the container sidewalls)
  • Resistance to damage and leakage after dropping
  • Labelling and marking 


  Needle Penetration Forces for sharps bins 

If you wish to commission sharps bin testing, then contact the SMTL:

Surgical Materials Testing Laboratory, Princess of Wales Hospital, Coity Road, Bridgend, UK, CF31 1RQ.

Tel: +44 (0) 1656 752820

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