Tamper-evident packaging has long been a major requirement for pharmaceutical, food, beverage and beauty products. It is designed to indicate to a customer, wheter the product which have bought might have been opened.
In pharma packaging FDA (Food and Drug Administration) requires that pharma manufacturers use tamper-evident packaging on over-the-counter (OTC) products for retail sale to ensure customer safety. Accordig to FDA a tamper evident packaging "is one having one or more indicators or barriers to entry which, if breached or missing, can reasonably be expected to provide visible evidence to consumers that tampering has occurred." In addition, the indicator or barrier must be "distinctive by design,"
There is a wide range of solutions and below you can find some examples of clever tamper-evident devices.
Constantia Teos is a tamper-evindet foil cover developed by Constantia Flexibles. It was originally designed for syringes housing tumor necrosis factor inhibitors, also called TNF Blockers. The biggest advantage is peelable cover foil that is functionally destroyed during initial opening. As such, the cover foil provides reliable protection against the package’s illegal reuse. It hides several possibilities like holograms, customized security foil, special security pigments and inks, and unique-to-product security printing, such as microtext, hidden graphics, and built-in pattern deviations.
ShurSeal®, is a carton sealing system offered by Shurtape Technologies. It combines Shurtape HP Series packaging tape with a PrimeLoc™ tape applicator. The tape and applicator add consistentand highly secure seals and when needed, offer visual evidence via fiber tear that the tape has been removed or tampered with.
A brand protection program was developed by Leica Geosystems and Schreiner ProSecure’s security seals are playing an important role in this product protection strategy. These seals are used worldwide to identify the originality of Leica products, but it can be used for other target groups as it combines several security features:
- Color-shifting security ink,
- Holographic strips.
- KeySecure in human-readable format (each label has an unique number and the customer can confirm the authenticity of the product on a website)
- KeySecure as QR code for smart phones
- Tamper protection.The seal has die cuts that make it more difficult to detach without destroying it.
Last but not least, Igb last year presented a tamper-evidnet folding box. It’s a mechanical solution which provides both the authenticity of the contents and the technical security of the box. All with the least economical impact on the pharmaceutical industry and the habits of the final user.