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Understanding Child Resistant Packaging

Posted on 4th August 2015

A few weeks ago we wrote a blog which focused on one of our latest projects with Buster, a range of cleaning products for the home. We designed, developed, prototyped and manufactured the cap assembly for the Buster Deep Clean Foamer, as well as carrying out extensive pack testing, including the Child Resistant Certification. Depending on which industry you work in, ensuring your packaging is child resistant can be very important.

What is Child Resistant Packaging?

The British Plastics Federation (BPF) is one of the most prolific voices in the plastic industry and since introducing the child resistant packaging certification, it has prevented children from exposing themselves from harsh chemicals and medicines which could result in them ingesting them. Child resistant packaging has been designed so children under the age of five find it very difficult, or near impossible, to open a product, however, it is also designed so adults can easily open and use the product as directed.

There are two types of child resistant packaging on the market, reclosable and non reclosable. You may have come across some of the most popular types of reclosable packaging such as:

  • Push and turn
  • A two-piece moulding
  • Squeeze and turn packs

However, blister and strip packs are common non reclosable child resistant packaging which you will find in medicine packaging, for example.

Getting Certified

There are certain standards a packaging must comply with to certify as a child resistant pack, these include:

  • BS EN ISO 8317:2004 – Certain tests are carried out for reclosable packaging such as household chemicals
  • BS EN 14375:2003 – This covers reclosable packaging for medicine and other pharmaceutical products
  • BS EN 862:2005 – This standard covers non-reclosable packaging for other products excluding medicines

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At Coda Plastics we are able to supply packs which are fully child resistant certified, ensuring your product is in line with necessary regulations. If you would like more information on our services and what we can do for you, don't hesitate to contact us on 01692 501020.

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