In the wake of these new provisions manufacturers have to comply with the following mandatory requirements:
The packaging industry has already offered promising solutions for quite some time now. Even before the new EU regulation was adopted, the companies in this industry cooperated with the leading authorities and producers in many ways to come up with safe designs for laundry detergent packaging. Pursuant to the new regulation children may no longer be able to see through the packaging of liquid detergent packaging units, symbols that are understandable for children must be attached to the packaging in a clearly legible manner and the capsules proper should be produced in moderate, less striking colours while their contents must be made inedible with bitter aromas. On top of this, thicker films are to make it harder to open the capsule with your teeth.
A.I.S.E., the organisation representing the soaps, detergents and maintenance products industry, is raising awareness about the safe use of liquid detergent capsules in a Europe-wide initiative entitled “Keep Caps from Kids”. Principal sponsors of this initiative include the companies “Henkel”, “McBride” and “P&G” alongside other sponsors such as “Unilever” and “MonoSol”
After evaluating a study from 2015, ECHA currently expects the number of cases of illness notified in this connection to decrease by some 75% by 2020.