Packaging used for potentially hazardous products must comply with European and national regulations, including the obligation to provide child-resistant packaging.
Child-resistant packaging means a container and closure system:
You need it if your product is potentially hazardous and it is intended for sale in a retail environment.
Packaging manufacturers must select a container and closure system:
Packaging manufacturers must perform appropriate resistance tests* on:
* these tests must be performed by an accredited laboratory
In France, Article 22 and Annex 4 of Ministerial Decree of 9 November 2004 (defining the criteria for classification, packaging and labelling of hazardous preparations) sets forth the requirement for child-resistant closures. [This information relates to French law. For more information, please refer to the local laws in your country.]
This decree transposes Directive 1999/45/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 31 May 1999 repealed and replaced by regulation 1272/2008/EC of 16 December 2008 (Regulation on the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures).
The issue is also covered in several standards: