Child-Resistant Packaging Certification
Standards have been developed to guarantee that child resistant packaging is both safe and effective.
Our child resistant folding box is designed according to:
- US 16 CFR 1700.20, american standard including reclosable and not reclosable packaging, of any content, using panels of children and adults
EU BS EN ISO 8317 test process for reclosable packaging of any content, using panels of
children and adults
The standards state that child resistant packaging should be tested with children and adults as follows:
A group of children aged between 42 and 51 months are asked to open a pack. If they don’t
succeed after five minutes, they are shown how to open it, and then given five more minutes to
A child resistant pack should be impossible to open for at least 85 per cent of children in the first five minutes, and for at least 80 per cent following the silent demonstration
The pack is also tested with a panel of adults aged between 50 and 70. At least 90 per cent of this group must manage to open and reclose the pack.
Child Resistant (& Tamper Evident) Regulation in usa
The growing demand for child-resistant packaging is driven by the rising concern about children poisoning caused by ingestion of poisonous items such as pesticides, household chemicals, pharmaceutical products and insecticide among others.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) poisoning by ingesting toxic items kept in the household is the prime reason of serious accidents among children aged through 14.
Child-resistant packaging is regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) under the Poison Prevention Packaging Act (PPPA). On August 3, 2017, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced draft guidance entitled Child-Resistant Packaging Statements in Drug Product Labeling. This guidance is intended to assist applicants, manufacturers, packagers, and wholesale distributors who choose to include child-resistant packaging (CRP) statements in prescription and over-the-counter human drug product labeling.
The Poison Prevention Packaging Act (PPPA), introduced in the US in 1970 defines child resistant packaging as follows:
«The term ‘‘special packaging’’ means packaging that is designed or constructed to be significantly difficult for children under five years of age to open or obtain a toxic or harmful amount of the substance contained therein within a reasonable time and not difficult for normal adults to use properly…»
Children are curious and attracted to anything around them. Keeping children away from hazardous substances and using child resistant folding boxes or containers for medical products and other chemicals are key to prevent accidents.
Child resistant packing rules and regulation in the USA may vary from state to state depending on the product contained. Some products require child resistant packaging, others tamper evident features or both child resistant and tamper evident combined. We highly recommend you to consult the regulation of the state you plan to do business in, to ensure you cover all the requirements.
UNINTENTIONAL CHILDREN POISON FACTSHEET
According to a report released by the US Consumer Product Safety commission (CPSC) on January 2017, in 2015 there were an estimated 70,600 emergency department-treated unintentional pediatric poisonings that occurred at home, or 82 percent of the total 86,400 emergency department-treated unintentional pediatric poisonings.
SOME PREVENTION TIPS
- Always refer to the relevant laws, regulations and best practices.
- Store all household products or medical product out of children's sight and reach. Keep in mind that young kids are often eye-level with items under the kitchen and bathroom sinks.
- Install child safety locks on cabinets or drawers where you have stored poisonous items. It only takes a few minutes, and it gives you one less thing to worry about.
- Read product labels to find out what can be hazardous to kids. Dangerous items include medications, makeup, personal care products, pesticides.
- Don’t leave poisonous products unattended while in use. Many incidents happen when adults are distracted for a moment on the phone or at the door.
- Buy child-resistant packaging when available and keep products in their original packages to avoid confusion.
- Be aware of any medications or makeup that may be in your handbag. Store handbags out of the reach of young children.
- Don’t keep it if you don’t need it: safely dispose of unused, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs and over the counter drugs.
- Save the relevant emergency numbers on your mobile, or post it near your phone or where it’s handy.
- Ensure that grandparents and caregivers are well aware of all the above tips.