The Importance of 16CFR1700.20 Certification for Child Safe Packaging
The adult world is full of hazards for small children. Navigating the dangers that come with growing up can be a trying experience for even the most attentive guardian. The child's home must always be safeguarded to prevent accidents, and their toys, cribs, and clothing carefully monitored to make sure they're safe. In particular, medicines - either for children or adults - present a fascinating target for small children. Thankfully, there is a government testing process which ensures safety in packaging. Here are some reasons why 16CFR1700.20 certification is so important.
The Limits of Child-Resistant Packaging
Every parent is aware of their child's ability to create danger where there isn't any. They need to keep in mind that child resistant packaging is the last line of defense in keeping the child out of harm's way. Regardless of the safety of a set of unicorn bottles, all medicines should be kept up and away from children.
Child-Resistant Products Don't Have to Be Senior-Proof
As we age, our dexterity diminishes. And with the onset of arthritis in most people, opening some medicine bottles can prove to be particularly challenging. However, while 16CFR1700.20 certification will prevent children from getting into bottles, it does not mean it should restrict accessibility to adults.
When a product has received 16CFR1700.20 certification, you know it has undergone thorough testing to reach that point where it's as safe as possible. While it is assumed the closure is tested, the container itself must also pass the same high standards. So, when you have child resistant dropper bottles, and they say they have 16CFR1700.20 certification, you can reliably trust those bottles will be safe in the presence of small children.
If you suspect a product is in compliance, but aren't sure, ask your supplier for proof of certification. Just because a gorilla bottle has the push and turn mechanism in the cap doesn't necessarily mean it's certified.
Beyond the obvious safety considerations, US law requires that all medicine bottles have 16CFR1700.20 certification. If you don't know a product is certified, it's your responsibility to find out.