Testing reclosable packages with children

Tests of this type can be carried out at AIJU, thanks to its database of more than 10,000 families and children from 0 to 12 years old, 400 kindergartens and schools and a network of partners with whom we carry out studies at a European level. We also have technicians with extensive experience who are specialised in conducting studies with children.

For both standards, the test can be performed on 200 children or by following a sequential method, which reduces this sample and therefore the cost of the study. In the different phases of the test, we determine the length of time children have to open the packages. In each part, we give them verbal instructions and/or visual demonstrations, depending on the test protocol. If the child manages to open the package then the test result is negative.

In the case of the ISO 8317 standard, the test must also be carried out on 100 adults; each adult must receive a package with its accessories and specific written instructions. No demonstration of how to open or close the package should be made. In each case, the length of the test is defined. If the adults are able to open the package then the result of the adult trial is positive.

Test requirements, procedures and protocols for packaging with children
Requirements and test procedures for reclosable packaging (ISO 8317:2015)

This international protocol specifies the fitness-for-use requirements and test methods for reclosable containers considered resistant to opening by children.  The aim of this study is to provide a standardised test method and criteria to ensure that a package effectively prevents access by children in the 42 to 51 month age group. On the other hand, the suitability of such packaging for adults aged between 50 and 70 should be analysed.

AISE Test Protocol. Superior Child-Impeding closures for Reclosable Hazardous Liquid Laundry Detergent Capsules Packaging

This protocol specifies the testing method for packages that are not intended to be opened by children. As in the previous case, the aim of this protocol is to specify a test method and a criterion that ensure the effectiveness of the packaging in preventing access by children.

The main difference with the ISO 8317 test is the age of the children on whom the test is performed; in this case the children are aged from 12 to 36 months. This is justified because it is the age group that has the highest risk of suffering an accident with this type of product.

AIJU is the supplier that AISE recommends for this type of test and was the laboratory that was commissioned to carry out the initial studies that were used to draft the protocol.

Benefits of child-proof packaging testing

The main benefit that your company obtains by conducting this test is that you are complying at all times with the international regulations established for child-resistant reclosable containers. Passing demanding protocols that minimize possible risks inherent to making the product available on the market.

Having a certificate that demonstrates compliance with this standard enhances the company’s image of quality in the eyes of both customers and consumers.

Identification of possible points of improvement of the prototype before the production phase begins
Issuance of a certificate by AIJU certifying that the packaging is designed to prevent/resist opening by children
Access to new marketing opportunities thanks to the certificate. A fundamental requirement for many multinational companies and large distributors
Improved company image, increasing its association with values such as quality and concern for child safety
Expertise in tests with children and adults

AIJU has more than 25 years’ experience in social research with children, as can be seen by the numerous projects it has undertaken at regional, national and European level. Its most recent European studies have been published as official documents of the European Commission and included in standards. These investigations are carried out at all times in compliance with all national, European and international codes of ethics.

AIJU has a database of more than 10,000 families with children, as well as a network of more than 400 collaborating schools, play-centres and kindergartens, which significantly facilitate the collection of high quality representative samples.

All this knowledge has served as the basis for AIJU’s positioning as an international benchmark in the testing of child-proof reclosable packages.

Ana Mata
Coordinator of the testing of reclosable containers with children
96 339 1376