Child resistant packaging

Since child-resistant packaging was introduced, the incidence of accidental ingestion of potentially hazardous products by children under 5 years old has fallen. The degree to which this is due to the use of child-resistant packaging as opposed to other factors, such as greater public awareness of the hazards, is not easily assessed, but there is little doubt that child-resistant packaging has made a positive contribution to the reduction.

Child-resistant packaging is used to create a physical barrier between a child and a potentially hazardous product. Various types of packaging are recognized as being child-resistant, based on performance testing against standards for specific product categories and packaging types.

Key standards fo child resistant packaging: 

BS EN 14375:2003
Child-resistant non-reclosable packaging for pharmaceutical products. Requirements and testing 


BS EN ISO 8317:2004
Child-resistant packaging. Requirements and testing procedures for reclosable packages


BS EN 862:2005
Packaging. Child resistant packaging. Requirements and testing procedures for non-reclosable packages for non-pharmaceutical products


BS 8404:2001
Packaging. Child-resistant packaging. Requirements and testing procedures for non-reclosable packages for pharmaceutical products


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