Company : IfKiV e.V.

Category : Specialised Packaging

Key Products : Pharmaceutical products, child safety analyses

Institut für Kindersicherheit im Verpackungswesen

The Institut für Kindersicherheit im Verpackungswesen (IfKiV e. V.) or, in English, Institute for Child Safety in Packaging, is an independent, neutral test laboratory. IfKiV e. V. was founded in Hamburg, Germany, as a registered non-profit organisation in 1994. During the late 1990ies and early 2000s IfKiV e. V. co-operated in several Standards Committees and were thus able to participate in formulating the final state for relevant standards.

IfKiV e. V.s president is currently Dietwalt Ost, who holds a diploma in psychology; the vice president is Peter Dlugi M.A.

As a test laboratory IfKiV e. V. assist packaging manufacturers or suppliers of pharmaceuticals and detergents in developing and getting approval of child resistant (CR) packaging products for international markets - mainly Europe or USA -, wherever child resistance is required. IfKiV e. V. tests packages for pharmaceutical products and household goods with regard to the child resistance requirements according to the standards:

  • (DIN) EN 14 375,
  • (DIN) EN ISO 8317, ISO 8317,
  • (DIN) EN 862 and
  • PPPA (16 CFR 1700.20)
  • Other standards for CR packaging tests

Peter Dlugi (Vice President) - testing with a pair of children

Within the context of child resistant packaging


  • IfKiV e. V. act as consultants,
  • IfKiV e. V. do expert child safety analyses,
  • IfKiV e. V. conducts studies and pre-tests,
  • IfKiV e. V. conducts full tests according to the above standards and IfKiV e. V. issue certificates.


IfKiV e. V. specifics:


  • More than 30 years of experience in the field of CR packaging
  • As a registered non-profit organisation IfKiV e. V. tests are impartial and independent
  • IfKiV e. V. activities are oriented towards the DIN EN ISO / IEC 17025 (a quality control standard, IfKiV e. V. are under constant supervision of the “Hanseatisches Supervisions- und Prüfkontor Dr. Lorenzen”/ ‘Hanseatic Office for Supervision and Inspection Dr. L.)
  • IfKiV e. V. employ several test teams in Hamburg, Berlin and 1 further regional area
  • Each test team consists of a Test Manager (test execution) and a Supervisor (quality control). All our Test Managers undergo a psychological test and are specifically trained for the interaction with children in nursery schools.

CR Packaging Examples

IfKiV e. V. test products:


  • IfKiV-pre-tests of CR packaging: IfKiV e. V. offers clients to find the best CR alternative among different options in an economic way.
  • These tests are conducted in nursery schools with 4-6 children in a group. The children try to open several different packages including a reference package (of which we know the results in an IfKiV-full test).
  • IfKiV-full tests of CR packaging: According to the above standards full tests of CR packaging achieve the certificate needed for approval or market launch.
  • These tests are conducted in nursery schools with pairs of children aged 42-51 months over a period of 10 minutes and with seniors aged 50-70 years in different testing facilities.

Contact Details

IfKiV e.V.
c/o Dietwalt Ost,
Goldbekufer 2,
D 22303 Hamburg,
Tel.: +49-40-8004486
Fax.: +49-171-7796898

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