Testing and consultation services

The Accessible Design Division offers a number of services as well as research to assist you in producing more accessible packaging. If you’re unsure how or which services might assist you, then contact us and we can guide you through the process.

Initial Scientific Review (ISR) The Initial Scientific Review (ISR) report evaluates and estimates the percentage of the population that can safely and easily open and read your packaging using the Accessibility Rating. The ISR is a easy to understand two page report, that also provides suggested modifications to improve the design.

Click here to find out about the testing process for an ISR.

Note: The ISR and its Accessibility Rating is also used by HealthShare NSW and Health Purchasing Victoria (HPV) to assess single served packaging’s accessibility. Find out about receiving a Packaging Accessibility Rating for the health system.

Comparative Scientific Review (CSR) The Comparative Scientific Review (CSR) is in the same easy to understand format as an ISR report, but allows you to compare two products to each other. Commonly used to:

  • benchmark a design against a competitor’s product
  • compare different packaging formats
  • highlight changes/improvements between a new and existing product.
Initial Scientific Review – Partial Review / Prototype Review Companies developing new packaging designs or assessing supplier options can undertake an Initial Scientific Review – Partial Review / Prototype Review to evaluate certain aspects of packaging that might be available for an indicative assessment and Rating. This service can assist you in making informed decisions along the development process, so you can choose the most easy-open option for your customers.
Easy to Open (ETO) testing and certification for packaging Easy to Open (ETO) testing results in a detailed report about your packaging, that includes testing and feedback from consumers with functional limitations like arthritis.

If packaging passes testing, it can then apply for the ETO certification, which includes a logo that can appear on its packaging to educate consumers about the benefits of the design.

Ease of Use (EOU) testing and certification for products Ease of Use (EOU) testing results in a detailed report about your product, that includes testing and feedback from consumers with functional limitations like arthritis.

If your product passes testing, it can then apply for EOU certification, which includes a logo that can appear on its packaging to educate consumers about the benefits of the design. 

Other accessibility design services The Accessible Design Division also offers other services to meet client’s needs including assistance with product or packaging development, as well as customised accessibility research and guidelines. Find out about options that might assist you in your development process and assist you with your accessibility goals by contacting the Division.
Please note: All fees exclude GST and are subject to change as services are provided on cost recovery basis.