Certified to ISO/EN 8317
and US16 CFR 1700.20
Certified for the USA and Europe
Locked4Kids is certified according to US16 CFR 1700.20 and ISO 8317. These standards not only specify child resistance, but also senior friendliness (CRSF).
Locked4Kids qualifies as primary packaging
In 2013 the development of child resistant cartons containing blister strips in a tray was started. Mid 2014 different sizes of Locked4Kids packaging was tested by Belgian testing institute BVI. With excellent results. Only immediate or primary packagings qualifies as child resistant packaging.
Besides this, these packagings have to pass testing according to protocol US CFR 1700.20. To qualify as primary packaging, all packaging parts should stay connected after each opening by the consumer. Locked4Kids meets these requirements; all packaging components stay firmly connected, each time the packaging is opened and re-closed by the user.
Severe testing. How it's done
To become certified, different sizes of Locked4Kids cartons were tested by the testing facilities of BVI in Belgium, a ISO 17025 certified institute. Tests with children usually takes place at infant schools and playgrounds and involves between 50 and 200 children per test. In isolated groups of 2, children are instructed to try to open the packaging, even by using their teeth if they like. Than they get 5 minutes to open the packaging spontaneously.
After the first 5 minutes a close distance demonstration on how to open the packaging is given by an auditor. Immediately after demonstration children get another 5 minutes to try to open the carton. To pass the test, no more than 15% of openings is allowed during the first 5 minutes and no more than 20% during 10 minutes.
Tests in Europe and the US showed amazing results
Locked4Kids is not just certified. Tests demonstrated amazing results. Performance requirements state that no more than 45 out of 300 children are allowed to open the packaging during the first 5 minutes of testing. Tests showed that only 2 out of 300 children were able to open Locked4Kids cartons. That is less than 1%, whereas the allowed maximum level is 15%.
After demonstration of the opening procedure by the auditor, no more than 60 children are allowed to open the cartons during the second 5 minutes of testing. Tests with Locked4Kids showed that only 11 children were able to open the cartons. That is less than 4%, whereas the maximum level allowed is 20%.
More amazing results were achieved with adults
Locked4Kids cartons have also been tested with seniors. Official testing regulations allow for a minimum level of 90%, which means that at least 90 out of 100 seniors should be able to open the child resistant cartons easily. Tests with Locked4Kids showed that all seniors (100%) were able to open the packaging easily. Even without any opening pictogram printed on the carton.