Child Resistant Packaging


Subject to federal law, all US manufacturers must submit their product packaging to be tested and certified for child-related safety before sending the product to market. As an independent and ISO 17025 accredited facility, Tread Global specializes in child-resistant safety training and certification for a range of consumer products.

Experienced in testing thousands of consumer products for child-resistance, Tread Global is accredited to conduct child-resistant package testing for the following federal agencies:

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (16 CFR, part 1700)
Environmental Protection Agency (40 CFR, part 162)
Canadian standards (CSA Z76.1 & Z76.2)
European standards (EN8317 & EN14375)
International standard (ISO 8317)

How Do We Test Your Product Packaging For Child Resistance?

In order to be deemed a successful test, each study must follow the strict parameters outlined in the 16 CFR § 1700.20(a)(2)(iii).

In accordance with 16 CFR § 1700.20(a)(2)(iii), Tread Global gathers a panel of 50 children( ages 42-51 months, 50% male and female), and 100 senior adults (ages 50-70 years, 75% female) to test, and divide them into three corresponding categories by age. For reclosable packages, 100 children are needed for the certification.

Over the course of 10 minutes, the children are instructed to open the provided packages by any means they have. This includes the ability for children to use their teeth or any other tricks to open the packages.

For the adults, the testing period is 5 minutes, with an extra minute if the package is being tested for re-securing. Adults may use tools, for example, a pair of scissors.

What Products Need To Be Tested For Child Resistance?

The complete list of substances requiring Child-Resistant packaging can be found in 16 CFR §1700.14. Specific examples of products available OTC and requiring Child-Resistant packaging include:

  • acetaminophen
  • aspirin
  • cannabis
  • diphenhydramine
  • ibuprofen
  • iron-containing drugs and dietary supplements
  • imidazolines
  • methyl salicylate
  • mouthwash
  • naproxen
  • OTC switch drugs

Have a product ready to go to market but need to submit it for child-resistant testing? Let our experts put your product to task. Call today to learn more.