How to make compliant cosmetic labels

2020-07-06T15:24:52+02:00 July 6th, 2020|Pratical tips, Regulations|0 Comments

Cosmetics and their packaging

Packaging is a very delicate element in the marketing of a cosmetic: it’s the first interface with the consumer, to whom it must provide clear and not misleading information, but also with the Authorities responsible for checking the conformity of the product. Let’s see together what are the mandatory elements for the design of a compliant label.

According to the EC regulation n.1223 / 2009, a cosmetic product is a “substance or mixture intended to be applied on the external surfaces of the human body, on the teeth or on the mucous membranes of the mouth to clean them, perfume them, modify their appearance, protect them, maintain them. in good condition or correct body odors ”. By law “cosmetic products are made available on the market only if the container and packaging of cosmetic products bear the following indications, in indelible characters, easily legible and visible”. By law, the indications must be reported both on the case and on the primary packaging, that is, on the container in direct contact with the product, unless the size of the product allows it.

What is the essential information to make a compliant cosmetic label?

  1. The name or company name and address of the Responsible Person.
  2. Nominal content expressed by weight or by volume: this indication is not mandatory for specific formats, such as free samples, single-dose and packaging with a content of less than 5 g or 5 ml etc.
  3. The date of minimum duration or PAO: the date of duration is the date by which the product can be used, if properly stored, and by which it continues to perform its initial function; this date is preceded by the symbol of the hourglass or by the words “Preferably use by:”. On the other hand, for products with a minimum duration of more than thirty months, an indication must be given of the period of time in which the product, once opened, can be used without harmful effects for the consumer, preceded by the symbol representing an open can or from the acronym “PAO” (Period after opening).
  4. Special precautions for use: in case of practical impossibility to report the special precautions for use on the container or external packaging, these must be contained in an instruction sheet, a clamp or a tag attached. The consumer must be referred to these indications by means of an abbreviated indication or by means of the referral symbol.
  5. The manufacturing batch number: it is information that allows you to identify the product, and that allows you to track and control the production and distribution chain of each individual product.
  6. The origin of the products: if a product is manufactured in a non-EU country, it’s mandatory to report “Made in …” followed by the name of the non-EU country from which the cosmetic originates.
  7. The function of the cosmetic product, unless it is evident from its presentation.
  8. The list of ingredients: according to the law, an ingredient is any substance or mixture used intentionally in the cosmetic product during the manufacturing process. On the other hand, the impurities contained in the raw materials used and the secondary technical substances used in the mixture but which do not appear in the composition of the finished product are not considered ingredients.

What can we do for you

Packaging is a very delicate element in the marketing of a cosmetic: it is the first interface with the consumer, to whom he must provide clear and not misleading information, but also with the Authorities responsible for checking product conformity.
It must also satisfy your business strategies.

For this reasons, we carefully design and translate new labels, or revise existing ones, respecting your marketing strategies: transform the conformity of your products with us into a strong point for your brand!

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