NCRT enjoys working with package engineers and material suppliers to help create a package that will pass testing criteria. All testing is conducted in accordance with the CPSC guidelines and our own internal SOP's. To meet the varied needs of our customers, NCRT offers the following services:
- Pre-test Package Evaluation
- Preliminary Testing
- Child-Resistant Package Testing
- Senior Adult Use Effectiveness Testing
Services Included with Each Test:
- Protocol preparation
- Sample preparation
- Closure application
- Package cycling
- Photos of tested packages
- Daily updates with detail of failures
- Return or destruction of samples
- Electronic and hard copy of final reports
- Quick turnaround
- Client observation
Child-Resistant Package Testing
Every package entry is documented in detail as to exactly how the child entered the package. Pictures of the opened packages are promptly provided to the customer.
Senior Adult Use Effectiveness Testing
Adult testing is just as important as child testing. Packages could be made so that no one can open the package, but there is a fine line in creating a package that is safe for children and also senior friendly.
Adult Resecure Testing
The Resecure Test begins by administering the Senior Adult Use Effectiveness Test. Upon completion of the test, the re-secured packages are taken from the adults and given to the child test subjects. In this test, it is critical that the senior adults not only be able to open the package but also properly close it.
The preliminary evaluation test is conducted to quickly test a package design with children and/or adult test subjects. The number and type of test subjects in the test group is determined by the client. This test is used for package development and preliminary data gathering. The preliminary evaluation step is an excellent way to take a look at the package and identify any problems early in the design process. By identifying these problems early, there could be huge savings in time and cost.
Sequential Child Test
The child test follows CPSC 16 CFR 1700.20 guidelines, which require testing groups of 50 children.
The children are given 10 minutes to try and open a child-resistant package. All methods of opening and entry times are documented. No more than 10 children are tested at one test site, therefore at least five test sites are required to complete one sequential child test.
- 30% of the children must be 42-44 months in age
- 40% of the children must be 45-48 months in age
- 30% of the children must be 49-51 months in age
Senior Use Effectiveness Test
The senior adult test follows CPSC 16 CFR 1700.20 guidelines, which consist of testing 100 adults.
- 25% of the adults must be 50-54 years of age
- 25% of the adults must be 55-59 years of age
- 50% of the adults must be 60-70 years of age
70% of the adults in the senior use effectiveness test must be female. The test consists of one five-minute time period and a single one-minute time period. All methods of opening and entry times are documented. No more than 24 adults may be tested at one test site, therefore at least four test sites are required for a 100-member senior adult test.
The resecurring test follows CPSC 16 CFR 1700.20 guidelines, and begins by administering the adult resistance test. Upon completion of the test, adults are asked to re-secure the opened packages. The re-secured packages are then taken from the adults and given to the child test subjects. The sequential child test is then performed on the re-secured packages. All methods of opening and entry times are documented.
Preliminary Evaluation Test
The preliminary evaluation test follows CPSC 16 CFR 1700.20 guidelines. This test is conducted on 20 children, 20 adults, or a combination of both. This test is not a comprehensive test and should only be used for package development purposes and preliminary data gathering.