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ISO Revises Standard for Child-resistant Packaging Requirements and Testing Procedures

December 17, 2015

INTERNATIONAL - The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has revised ISO 8317:2015 Child-resistant packaging -- Requirements and testing procedures for reclosable packages, replacing ISO 8317:2003. The standard provides the child resistant performance requirements and test methods for re-closable packages. The 2015 version applies to the re-closable packages for any product intended to be exposed or removed from the packaging in normal use.

Standard TC/SC Stage Date
ISO 8317:2015 Child-resistant packaging -- Requirements and testing procedures for reclosable packages SO/TC 122/SC 3 Performance requirements and tests for means of packaging, packages and unit loads (as required by ISO/TC 122) 60.60International Standard published November 5, 2015

 
Revisions to the standard include:

  • Introduction revised to remove historical discussion
  • Addition of definitions for mechanical testing, mechanical test data, liner, essential characteristics, and minor modifications (2.6 to 2.10)
  • Former Clauses 3 and 4 consolidated into new Clause 3 and subsequent clauses renumbered
  • Requirements in previous edition 3.1, 3.2 and 4.2 not part of the testing, have been relocated and are now informative. These are now included in the introduction
  • Introduction need to consider essential characteristics for a series of similar packaging (3.1.1)
  • Clarification of instructions for evaluation of a series of similar packaging submitted at one time by separation under component type (3.1.2.2, 3.1.2.3, 3.1.2.4)
  • Addition of new subclause on additions to a series and minor modifications (3.1.2.5)
  • Reference made to ISO 13127 (Introduction and 3.1.2.5)
  • Charts for sequential testing updated to correct errors (Figures 1 and 2)
  • Need to disable all (or any) incorporated tamper-evident features before testing added (4.3)
  • Use of torque meter added for sample preparation of packages with torque-dependent closures (4.3)
  • Deletion of the limit (35 %) for the percentage of child tests administered by an individual tester (4.4.3)
  • Deletion of the limit for number (30) of adults obtained from and tested at any one site, and number (35) of adult tests administered by an individual tester (4.5.2).
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