IVM and tests
Our test institute, IVM , is one of the few institutes in Europe that is accredited in accordance with EN 45011 to certify packaging in accordance with ISO 8317 and ISO 17025 in order to carry out the tests for ISO 8317. IVM has long experience of child-resistant packaging and started as early as 1975. Dr. Rolf Abelmann, CEO at IVM says the following about our child resistant caps and closures:
“We have found the quality of the closures to be outstanding. They are robust and function perfectly. All the elements of the closure have been well made and together create a really great solution in a variety of sizes and sealings. We are also of the opinion that the materials used to produce the closure mean that the closures are really durable!” – Dr. Rolf Abelmann, IVM
Carrying out tests for ISO 8317
The packaging is tested by both adults and children to ensure good and correct function. In order not to over expose children, a sequential test method is most frequently used (where the number of children depends on the number of opened packages). This means that children between the ages of 42-51 months are given the task of opening the packaging – initially, 5 minutes on their own and then a further 5 minutes after instruction from the leader of the test. For every packaging that a child manages to open, the number of children is increased. The packaging can be regarded as child-resistant if no more than 15 % of the children can open it prior to instruction and 20 % after instruction (this is the reason that they are called child-resistant, rather than child-proof). In order not to expose the children to any danger, water is used as the test liquid and this is also the reason that only the child-resistant function is tested and not chemical resistance.
100 adults between the ages of 50-70 have five (5) minutes to open the packaging and then one (1) minute to correctly re-seal it. 90% of them must be able to open and re-seal the packaging correctly within the time frame.
Only after all tests have complied with the respective requirements can the packaging be deemed to be child-resistant and suitable for adults – something that we at Emballator Växjöplast can proudly confirm with relevant certificates of approval.