Quality Control

  • Durex has over 80 years of experience of manufacturing condoms. So it’s safe to say that every single one is the product of a process that’s tried and tested.
  • That starts with the bare basics. So, all our condoms use only the finest quality raw materials.
  • Then, each is tested electronically, with samples from every batch also inflated with air to test their strength.
  • International standards demand that a condom can contain 18 litres of air in this ‘air burst test’. A Durex condom will typically expand to hold 40 litres of air without bursting. (Just one example of us not just meeting worldwide safety quality standards – but exceeding them.)
  • Sample condoms are also filled with water to make sure they don’t leak. (To be on the safe side, we conduct about two million of these water tests per month.)
  • All condom types are also dermatologically tested.
  • In fact, if one sample doesn’t pass any of our tests, the whole batch of up to 432,000 condoms doesn’t leave the factory.
  • Now, as well as pushing the boundaries of product testing, we are also constantly undertaking research projects – looking for new ways to improve our products or spotting new trends in sexual behaviour that may lead to whole new product areas.
  • This means that we have collected a goldmine of information that’s regularly consulted by health ministries, hospitals, scientists, academics and other sexual health bodies.
  • So…there you have it; the best processes, making the best products, backed by the smartest thinking.
  • Maybe that’s why millions of people across the world trust Durex every day.