The Packaging Accessibility Rating provides a single national standard for determining the ease of opening and safety of comparable food products. Each product is given a Packaging Accessibility Rating using a rating system of -8 to +8. The highest rating is a +8 and an -8 is the worst result. The higher the Rating the better the outcome for the patient/consumer.
The Packaging Accessibility Rating is a combination of the following three elements. The estimated percentage of the general population, not healthcare population, who can open the packaging. The degree of difficulty encountered with critical and non-critical tasks required to open and read packaging. Safety, if opening the product increases risk of injury, hard to read directions, allergy warnings, expiry dates etc. Products with a Rating of +2 or lower are more likely to have a negative impact on healthcare population, versus the general population, which the Rating is based on.