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Child-Resistant Packaging

The Basics of Child-Resistant Packaging

Also referred to as “special packaging” within the industry, child-resistant packaging is used as a poison prevention method to stop children from ingesting dangerous items.

Specific organizations play a significant role in the field of standardization. Among the 12,000 valid standards developed by the American Society for Testing and Materials is the classification for child resistant packaging, the ASTM D3475 Standard.

The Poison Prevention Packaging Act Title 16 CFR 1700, enacted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, requires a number of household substances to be packaged in child-resistant packaging. It demands that packaging be designed and constructed to be significantly difficult for children under five years of age to open.

Child-Guard has been awarded a DMF, Drug Master File listing. Basically a DMF allows Child-Guard to be considered as an approved packaging material by the FDA for pharma applications. This is an important “status” to CG and flexible packaging formats that serve the pharmaceutical market.

The list of products that require child-resistant packaging is growing, and may impact you in the near future. A few current examples include:

  • Products from which the liquid cannot flow freely
  • Iron-containing drugs and dietary supplements
  • Methyl salicylate
  • Mouthwash
  • OTC switch drugs

In response to these two compliance guidelines, Slide-Rite® developed a revolutionary child-resistant technology, Child Guard Track & Slider. Its tested performance changes the possibilities within the flexible packaging industry, providing a system that’s adaptable to many film structures, under many design demands. Keeping children safe in ways that were never possible before. Learn more.

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