Product Design Testing and Certification
Federal law requires manufacturers and importers to test and certify many consumer product designs for compliance with consumer product safety requirements.Tread Global performs various testing services for a wide range of consumer products. Whether you need general quality control inspections or compliance testing for agencies such as the International Standards Organization (ISO), Federal Communication Commission (FCC), Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). We specialize in child related safety testing, such as Child Resistant Containers subject to the United States Code of Federal Regulations Title 16, Part 1700, for Poison Preventive Packaging.
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Child Resistant Packaging Testing and Certification
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:
- iron-containing drugs and dietary supplements
- methyl salicylate
- 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.
Tread Global will provide a unique preliminary feasibility study that employs industry professionals in the field of Geriatric / Senior Care and Childhood Development. These professionals will initially evaluate your packaging by presenting it to the targeted age groups, with the objective of assessing the motor skills and cognitive ability required to open the package.
This preliminary study is not controlled subject to the CFR Title 16, Part 1700 testing protocol, nor will any participants in this preliminary study be used in the official Federal test. The purpose of this preliminary testing is to offer the client initial analysis for a strategic approach for the administration of the CFR Title 16, Part 1700 testing.
Tread Global Inc has efficient procedures to streamline testing, providing quick turnaround and competitive pricing. A non-refundable deposit of $2,000 is required to initiate a preliminary study, though many packages don’t require this. Some clients request an initial study, many times we will recommend it. We won’t run a full test for packaging if we believe it will fail. Should the client choose to move forward with the administration of the CFR Title 16, Part 1700 minimum testing of 150 participants, the entire balance will be due to initiate.
The certification costs $7,995 for single use packaging, and $8,995 for multiple use or re-securing packaging. Should the client choose, or if needed to continue a panel, further testing will be administered at a charge of $1,800 per 50 participants. All payments are required upfront. Call us for pricing if you need Canadian, European, or ISO standards testing.
Tread Global – Not Your Average Testing Facility
With Certification requirements from CPSC, your packaging must have reliable analysis and reporting that you can stand behind. As well as employing industry experts to strengthen the conclusion of your test report, Tread Global is a participating member of American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and a participating collaborator with the CPSC. Tread Global plays an integral role in Consumer Product Safety for the Federal Government. We are not just a testing facility but a full service product development firm who can participate with further product design improvements, engineering, overseas mass manufacturing and logistics. When working with Tread Global you are working with product development experts who will provide not just constructive product feedback but the most credible analysis and reporting available.
Pricing and estimated completion time are subject to change depending on the scope of work and extent of testing. Our fee is based on the administration and reporting of the test and is not contingent on “passing” results. The client is required to provide all necessary packaging for the administration of testing. Three to five weeks will be necessary for testing and final reporting.