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“A cleanroom or clean room is a laboratory facility ordinarily utilized as a part of specialized industrial production or scientific research, including the manufacture of pharmaceutical items and microprocessors.” -Wikipedia-
The Australian Vape (e-cigarette) Industry has in recent years grown and looks to continue its growth for many reasons. Currently, the Australian vape industry is not regulated, however Leading quality & reputable e-liquid manufacturers both large and small always take a responsible approach to ensuring a high level of cleanliness in the environment that their e-liquid is manufactured and bottled.
This good stewardship and ethical practices leads to benchmarking and self regulation therefore offers the end user piece of mind and contributes to the future proofing of our industry.
To the left and below, you will see 2 extracts from Aussie Vape Labs Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) that most importantly ensures all clean room users and staff maintain a high level of clean continuity. Below we will take a look at what fundamentals are considered for clean rooms and primarily, what sets the different classifications apart.
On average, the human eye can not see particles smaller then 50-60 microns therefore you will get an idea of the level of filtration that HEPA filters provide. Clearly there is a large jump in comparison from an ISO 8 clean room to an ISO 5 classification because at a particle concentration size of just 0.5 micron there is almost 3.5 Million per M³. That is is a huge difference.
To be deemed compliant, strict testing is performed by a NATA (National Associations of Testing Authority) accredited technician. If satisfied the technician will issue the initial “tests result” detailing the data and methods used in accordance with the relevant standards. A certificate of compliance is issued and to maintain compliance, continue testing must be carried out at certain intervals.
A certified NATA assessor performing one of multiple locations/points of the air particle count.
Australian Standards have adopted and utilised classifications set by The International Standards Organisation.
Above is again a small snippet taken from the test report detailing some of the tests that were undertaken for the certification of AVL’s ISO 6 clean room.
The above test result is in reference to particle size allowed (In Red) and the actual particle count (In Black) taken by the technician. Aussie Vape Labs far exceeded the acceptable level required.
International Standards Organisation, commonly refereed to as ISO is considered the elite body for making sure things are safe, reliable and of good quality .
The document snippet below is a test report which is traceable to Australian Standards and issued by the accredited technician. The test results are very detailed and it is not uncommon to have a test result report detailing more then 20 pages of data.
Finally after a lot of careful planning, design and hard work, the reward is the certificate of compliance which will support any commercial claim made when selling your final product. It is therefore obvious that the difference between a ISO 6 clean room compared to a ISO 8 clean room is massive, be sure to check the certification and credentials direct from the manufacturing source. If you are considering moving your e-liquid manufacturing overseas, please reconsider as some manufacturers are less stringent with control features and continuity and for the same cost you will be able to remain truly Aussie made. Keep your manufacturing Aussie. Keep your dollar local! To find out more contact us