About COA & Flexitanks

The use of flexitank systems (flexitanks fitted within an ISO container) for the transport of non-hazardous bulk liquids has grown substantially in recent years. The increased use of flexitanks is enabled by the development of new technology materials and manufacturing processes that ensure that industry provides a reliable and economical global service. It is estimated that 800,000 flexitanks will be transported in 2016.

The COA is committed to the safe operation of flexitank systems and continues to work with container owners and the flexitank industry to develop existing quality management standards. The focus on “reliable quality” led the COA to develop a Code of Practice for Flexitanks,first published in 2009 to formalise guidance for the key functions of manufacture, testing. This original Code of Practice was refined by updated versions, the latest of these, version 5 released in September 2016. Click HERE to download a copy.

COA has participated with BSI to publish a recognised international flexitank standard, “PAS 1008:2016 Specification for the performance and testing of a single-use flexitank”.

Companies that demonstrate that they achieve the required standard are included in the COA Members Code of Practice Flexitank Quality Management List (FQML) and awarded a Certificate of Compliance.

 

PAS 1008:2016 Specification for the performance and testing of a single-use flexitank 

  1. This standard can be obtained from:http://shop.bsigroup.com/pas-1008
  2. COA Code of Practice - Flexitank Quality Management List

COA Members’ that hold a current COA certificate and have provided evidence of audits and certificates in compliance with the requirements of the Code of Practice and PAS 1008:2016 are entered onto the COA Code of Practice Flexitank Quality Management List. View the latest FQML

Technical Secretary

The COA Flexitank Technical Secretary manages the work of the COA's Flexitank Quality Management Programme. The Technical Secretary can be contacted at: technical@containerownersassociation.org

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COA Flexitanks Management Committee