how are condoms tested?

Safety & Security

If you look at condom packages, you'll come across a lot of phrases like "individually electronically tested", "maximum reliability", and so on. What does this all mean, and what is actually required of condom manufacturers? Curious? Good.

Electronic Testing

Dimensional Testing

Air Burst Testing

Package Integrity Testing

Leak Testing

Tensile Testing

Different manufacturers have different testing equipment. For this reason, the exact methods of performing the tests will vary somewhat from plant to plant. The standards, however, are the same for every company selling condoms in the U.S. Overseas manufacturers must also comply with the standards and they are routinely audited by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure compliance.