How to Extend Shelf Life for Type II Items

Some items like paint or ink have assigned shelf-life periods that may be extended after inspections, tests, or restoration. To find out if your item’s shelf life can be extended, check DOD’s Shelf-Life Extension System website:

You must register for an account the first time you visit. From the menu, choose the Shelf-Life Extension Program (SLES), then the Quality Status List (QSL). If the contract, lot, and batch of the NSN you enter was tested and has passed and been extended, it will show up on the QSL. If your item was stored using proper storage standards, then QSL test results are your authority to extend the item’s shelf life. For help, read the online FAQ or contact the Army shelf-life POC at DSN 795-7685, (570) 615-7685, or email: 


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