EU Labelling mandatory elements
*This label example is only for general information and cannot be applied automatically to any product.
The labelling (including: container, outer packaging and inserts) of a cosmetic product must reflect the Product Information File of that product. As such, the labelling can only be created after the product information file was compiled and reviewed by the Responsible Person. The final artwork of a cosmetic product labelling, must contain the following information:
- Full Commercial Name
- Product function (must be translated) – When the precautions for use cannot appear on the container and outer packaging for practical reasons, they can be added to an insert/leaflet. In this case the “open book” symbol shall appear on the labelling.
- Particular precautions for use (must be translated) – When the precautions for use cannot appear on the container and outer packaging for practical reasons, they can be added to an insert/leaflet. In this case the “open book” symbol shall appear on the labelling.
- Ingredients list – Ingredients shall be listed with their INCI names in descending order of concentration. The ingredients list may appear on the outer packaging only.
- Expiry date – Date of minimum durability or PAO. (Period after opening) for products which durability is more than 30 months.
- Responsible Person name and address
- Manufacturer name and address (recommended)
- Batch number – When impossible, for practical reasons, to make it appear on the product container, it may appear only on the outer packaging
- Product country of origin – “Made in … “ only if manufactured outside the European Union.
- Nominal quantity – The nominal content at the time of packaging, given by weight or by volume, except for packaging containing less than 5 grams or milliliters, free samples and single‐application packs.
EU Language Requirements
The label of a cosmetic product (container & outer packaging) should meet the language requirements set by each EU Member State.
As a minimum, beauty brands shall translate the product function and precautions for use into the national languages of the EU States in which they market their products.
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.
|EU member state||Official language|
|Belgium||German, French, Dutch|
|ETFA country||Official language|
|Switzerland||German, French, Italian|