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The protocol for the evaluation of poison prevention packaging is the procedure to meet government standards for conducting child-proof unit tests involving child and adult panel testing. It was established by a joint government-industry committee on safety closures and then modified by the Food and Drug Administration which also developed poison prevention packaging standards. Currently the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency are responsible for poison prevention packaging on products.
Protocol parameters are test units, panelists (considered both by age and number), testing time, testing place, and interviewers.
The major problems in protocol studies are the strict requirements for specific age and sex groupings of panelists, communications with nursery schools, what is a safe-on position, and adult acceptance of poison prevention packaging.
A thorough quality assurance program including auditing of marketed products should follow protocol testing.
packaging, accident prevention, evaluation
President, Perritt Laboratories Incorporated, Hightstown, N. J.