ISO packaging Standard protects children from everyday products

A new ISO Standard for packaging of everyday products will help to save children from death and injury. Every day, children may die or become ill because they have ingested medicines, household cleaning, or do-it-yourself products. ISO 13127:2012 Packaging – Child resistant packaging – Mechanical test methods for reclosable child resistant packaging systems will help to reduce such tragedies. The Standard will help designers and manufacturers to ensure children cannot open potentially dangerous products.

There are a number of ways to reduce the risk of domestic accidents, such as increasing public awareness of hazards associated with various products and the use of suitable information and labelling by the manufacturer. However, this is not enough. It is also important to design child resistant product packaging, thus creating a physical barrier between the child and hazardous products.

ISO 13127, working in conjunction with the well-known existing panel testing Standard ISO 8317:2003 Child-resistant packaging – Requirements and testing procedures for reclosable packages, will deal with the many situations where, over the life of a pack, minor changes are made. It will enable a comparison, by means of mechanical tests, of some of the physical parameters of the panel tested packaging systems, with those that have been subjected to change. Many manufacturers already conduct their own mechanical tests. But some don't.

ISO 13127 will offer standardisation to those who do mechanically test their products after minor changes and an opportunity to do so to those who don't. It will generate standardised performance data that may be compared to similar data exhibited by panel tested packs.

Summarised from an ISO media release, 19 December 2012.

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