What you need to know about Child-Resistant Closures

Posted Monday Nov 4, 2019

Below is a summary of Liquid Bottles understanding of Child-Resistant Closures (CRC) and Packaging.  Note that we are not attorneys, therefore this is not a legal opinion.  Please review the regulations and engage your own legal counsel to ensure full compliance. 

Depending on the type of product you are manufacturing and/or packaging, you may be required to use special child-resistant closures (CRC) / packaging.  Child-resistant packaging is intended to protect consumers from inappropriate access to potentially dangerous products and also protect your business from liability. 

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is the federal organization that creates and enforces safety regulations for packaging, and mandates the child-resistant packaging rules.  These regulations are found at 16 CFR Title 16 Part 1700 for Poison Prevention Packaging Standards, including flow restrictions, child-resistant, senior-friendly, and tamper evident closures.

Liquid Bottles stocks many different child-resistant closures (CRC).  We engaged independent laboratories for testing and also performed additional testing of the CRC droppers and dripper-style closures that we stock to ensure they meet the CPSC requirements for child-resistance, tamper evidence, and flow restriction.  The manufacturers of the non-dispensing CRC closures that we stock are tested by the respective manufacturers to make sure those closures are in line with CPSC standards.  

Using CRC certified packaging in your production is necessary if your product falls under the guidelines from the CPSC.  However, since your filling and capping process impacts the ultimate determination of compliance with CRC regulations, you should also perform or engage professional testing of your final product to ensure compliance and preserve your business from potential liability.

Here are some tips to help with your compliance of these important safety regulations:

  • Be familiar with the continuously updated guidance on the CPSC website and related references specific to your products/industry
  • Talk to the CPSC directly at 800-638-2772 to address your specific situation needs.
  • Use packaging from reliable sources who can provide you with CRC certifications for their packaging
  • Complete testing of your final product
  • Maintain documentation of your due diligence. If your product is involved in an incident, the CPSC may require you to produce evidence that you used proper manufacturing and packaging processes.