How Can a Custom Tamper Evident Label Improve Specimen Integrity?

When something is tamper evident, it means it is designed in a manner that ensures easy detection of unauthorized access to the packaging or product. Tamper evident labels are used in a number of environments to prevent potential harm to the product or purchaser including the pharmaceutical, health, food production, and electronics industries. Today, several levels of security are necessary to keep consumers safe and are used to:

  • Identify Potential Violators & Methods
  • Limit Access to Products or Items
  • Make Tampering Difficult & Time Consuming
  • Indicate the Presence of Tampering
  • Help Consumers Identify a Problem
  • Maintain Test or Sample Validity

Beside preventing the harm to a product or the purchaser, a tamper evident label helps to maintain the integrity of what you are selling. In the medical and pharmaceutical industries, this also guarantees the integrity of samples, test results, treatment methods, and prescriptions. If the goal is to improve specimen integrity, then tamper evident is an essential label quality.

Three Ways a Tailored Design Boosts Reliability

Before buying a pre-designed label, it is important to understand the advantages of using a custom design. Every container used to store a specimen is of a different size and design. A general design will have difficulty fitting the container or package appropriately for improved tamper resistance. Custom tamper evident labels are automatically sized for the specimen packaging and already have the brand printed on them. They are designed to improve specimen integrity because of the following three labeling elements:

  1. Tailored to the Environment
  2. Sized to the Container
  3. Fitted with an Appropriate Adhesive

Specimens are often moved between locations or kept off-site at a remote facility. Since they are often stored for drug testing or other types of lab related work, they need to be safe from tampering and capable of withstanding the conditions of the environment where they are stored. Some labels will not be able to maintain quality in these environments. For example, it is possible for the adhesive to not react appropriately, which results in the label not adhering to the container.

A custom tamper evident label ensures that the branding and specimen information remains on the container. By having them pre-printed, you also are able to reduce the chance of someone changing this information. Tailored designs allow the adhesive to be custom-made to the storage conditions. This prevents the label from becoming easily damaged, unreadable, or falling off completely. It is too easy for them to be placed on the wrong specimen container when they do not adhere properly. The same applies when the label is too big or small for the storage container or package.

Finally, custom tamper evident labels provide further options for safe proofing the specimens because additional features may be added for identifying or preventing intervention. At Shamrock Labels, we understand how important it is for a sample or specimen to move safely between facilities or environments. We offer custom services to make certain each specimen is identifiable, tamper-proof, and safe in even the most unusual circumstances. Contact us today to learn how our solutions are able to further boost specimen integrity in your lab or facility.

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