Quality

Outside: Your advertisement!

The HGH Card & Care Service is responding to a certain quality demand with its products. This applies to the packaging, contents and the assembly. With these class IIb medical products, a certified QM system must even be introduced with the condom manufacturer as well as at the assembling facility.

1) Card packaging:

For the CondomCard® these 4 FSC certified materials are used:

a) normal image printing paper 300 g/m² (matt or shiny) + dispersion coating
          advantage:            Inexpensive material
          disadvantage:       difficult to fold, meaning expensive assembly
b) certified environmentally friendly cardboard 250 g/m² + dispersion coating
         advantage:            Environmentally friendly material (Blue Angel and EU Ecolabel certified)
         disadvantage:       colours not as bright as with chromolux card
c) solid chromium sulphate board 240 g/m² + dispersion coating
         advantage:            similar to chromolux – only cheaper, good feel
         disadvantage:       more expensive than image printing, but easier to fold
d) high-quality chromolux material 250 g/m² + dispersion coating
         advantage:            fine card, high colour brightness, best feel
         disadvantage:       very expensive material, but easy to fold.

In addition, there are optional interesting and varied finishing possibilities such as e.g.:

  • lamination
  • embossing
  • UVcoating
  • gold-silver-glitter
  • soft-touch effects
  • hot foil lamination
  • lenticular techniques
  • spot and structure varnish
  • addition of scent and perfumes.

This is how it looks in practice:
Chromium sulphate cardboard, shine lamination, strawberry flavour on condom and CondomCard®.

The scent is activated by rubbing. If you have a sample (of the card and condom) in your hand, you can test it and see for yourself. Of course, all HGH Card & Care Service quality products are produced in an FSC certified printing plant. All folding cards are sealed with a 20 mm round transparent adhesive point after filling.

2. Assembly:

The assembly is only carried out within Germany and by certified companies with a certified QM management system in accordance with the standard DIN EN ISO 13485. This means that full retraceability between manufacturer and customer is guaranteed for every customer-specific order, which is documented and archived by HGH Card & Care Service and by the assembly factory.

3. Condoms:

A condom is a class IIb medical product in accordance with the (MPG/Medical Devices Act) [corresponding to EU directive 93/42/EEC (MDD)]. Medical protective covers and Lubricants are class I medical products. The HGH Card & Care Service takes this very seriously. This is why each CondomCard® contains all the required legal labelling in accordance with the underlying standard EN ISO 4074 for condoms. In addition, the certified QM system in the manufacturing company of the condoms gives the security for a quality product with a numbered CE label.

Legal labels:

  • LOT-No. (logo “LOT” + no.)
  • expiration date (logo “egg timer" _ _ _ _-_ _)
  • latex symbol (logo “latex”)
  • damage (logo “box”)
  • single-use (logo “crossed-out 2”)
  • Condom manufacturer (logo “factory”)
  • manufacturer item no. (logo “REF” + no.)
  • CE-Label (logo “CE”)
  • temperature (logo “thermometer”)
  • instructions for use (logo “book”)

Information on the respective contents:         

  • brand                   
  • number
  • material
  • covering
  • shape
  • colour
  • Condom width
  • Condom length
  • Condom thickness
  • flavouring substance      

Instructions for use with illustrations:

  • preparation
  • “before” use         
  • “after” use

Further instructions:

  • additional instructions
  • storage instructions
  • disposal instructions       

Depending on the product variant, the legal labelling will be:           

  • on an accompanying leaflet (for the CondomCard® 46forty-six plus)
  • or printed on the outer and inner sides (for the models 72seventy-two, square1one and square2two).

All the above-mentioned information can be found in the menu option “condom selection”, for the individual products of the respective condom manufacturers. You can look out your desired condom in the gallery selection.
Your “own” sealing foil is of course particularly effective in advertising. However this is an extremely laborious, time-intensive (6 months) and expensive process. Unfortunately these are only available if you order 500,000 pieces for a one-sided multi-coloured print.

Excursus – the environment:
Question: What happens if you just leave a condom lying outdoors?(Which is something you should never do!)
Answer: Strictly speaking, the natural rubber latex (which is a liquid) already doesn't exist any more, since production. The condom then consists of only natural rubber. This decomposes outdoors within a few weeks. However, this is not a residue-free decomposition or 100% break-down, because chemical residues remain (such as, e.g. Zinc oxide), which are added in the condom production process.
Conclusion: Therefore, condoms are not bio-degradable. They should still go into general waste.

Excursus – pearl index:
No contraception method can guarantee 100% protection from pregnancy or infection. The reliability of a contraceptive is determined using the pearl index. This is a measurement for how certain it is that a pregnancy is prevented. The safety and reliability of a contraception method is the easiest to recognise by measuring how often it fails. The pearl index corresponds to the number of pregnancies per 100 women who have used one of 15 contraception methods over one year. The pearl index was named after the American biologist Raymond Pearl who “invented” it in 1932.
The pearl index of “condoms” is listed with 2-12. This means that in various studies, during one year, 2-12 of 100 women became pregnant. To compare: The pearl index of the “pill” is at 0.1-0.9 out of 100 women. Sexual intercourse “without the use of any contraceptive” has a pearl index of 60-80. However, this index is not a completely objective or absolute measurement.

Inside: Oh, la la!