EU Language Requirements

The label of a cosmetic product (container & outer packaging) should follow the language requirements which are exerted by the National Laws of the EU member states. The outcome of a correct compliance strategy would require only the product function and precautions for use to be translated to the official language(s) of the EU state it is to be sold in. The table below provides an overview of the official languages in the EU Member States with the aim to assist the manufacturer to know which languages should appear on the labels of cosmetic products to be place on specific markets.

It is critical to remember that the function should always be translated and appear in the official language(s) of the country on the label. However, the Precautions for use  should always be translated – but if it is practically impossible to put them on the label, they may appear on a leaflet enclosed to the product.

When it comes to the expiration date of your product, you may use a symbol for the expiration date instead of writing Expiration date 28/7/2021 – this symbol is internationally recognized, on both inner and outer packaging:

28/7/2021

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