Learn About CBD Labeling –
the market, the requirements, and the solutions
The CBD industry is a rapidly growing market with constant regulation changes. While the industry continues to evolve, one thing is clear: cannabis is here to stay, and we can expect to see more legalization, consolidation, research, and product offerings.
If you’re hoping to capitalize on the CBD market, here’s what you need to know:
What is CBD? CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a chemical compound from the cannabis plant. It’s a naturally occurring substance used in products like oils and edibles to impart feelings of relaxation and calmness. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), it is not psychoactive.
Benefits of CBD: Help assuage everyday aches and pains, help treat severe medical conditions, relief from various mental health conditions, consumers can take it without any unwanted or hallucinogenic side effects, can be produced legally and widely sold without contradicting federal law.
CBD Products: Products include oils, topical creams and lotions, beverages, gummies, terpenes, capsules, tea, coffee, syrups, pet products, and more.
CBD Labeling Requirements
For starters, every state that authorizes the sale of CBD products also mandates the labels of CBD products sold within their borders be labeled in accordance with the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA).
Following the FDA regulations for cosmetic product labeling, CBD-infused health, and beauty product labels should:
- Avoid false or misleading claims
- Provide the required information (includes identity statement, statement of the quantity of contents, name, and place of business, distributor statement, material facts, warning or caution statements, and ingredients)
- Properly & legibly display label information
- Not violate the Poison Prevention Packaging Act of 1970
At the time of publication, the FDA doesn’t currently allow the sale of CBD products intended for ingestion, and labeling requirements differ state-by-state. While some states permit the sale of CBD in foods and dietary supplements, they require specific label information and warning requirements. For a more comprehensive understanding, visit this list compiled by the FDA – list of the 26 most common questions about cannabis products and their regulations.
It’s also worth noting, a growing number of states are mandating the inclusion of a scannable bar code, QR code link, or web address linked to a document containing the above-outlined information. Ensuring compliance with the laws of each individual state where CBD products are sold can be a challenge, yet it’s a crucial step in mitigating the risks of enforcement action by federal and state agencies. For more specific information pertaining to the FDA guidelines surrounding CBD labeling, read more here.
CBD Labeling Solutions
In this evolving industry, AstroNova offers state-of-the-art solutions to help you increase profits and market share. Constant regulation changes in the industry mean facing constant labeling changes. Having labeling solutions in-house and readily available offers a solution for all your on-demand labeling needs, allowing for flexibility in product changes, releases, and limited edition revamps. Additionally, AstroNova’s QuickLabel and TrojanLabel brands offer the only label printers on the market capable of printing labels as narrow as the industry requires, ultimately providing less waste and reduced cost for customers.
Some of the best labeling solutions expertly engineered to benefit the CBD Market:
TrojanLabel T2-C – Ideal for those requiring higher volume output
- High print speed up to 12 inches per second (60 ft per minute)
- Superior print resolution up to 1600 dpi
- Print width 2” to 8.8″
- First tabletop press to operate at high-volume capacity and precision of a digital press
QuickLabel QL-120X – Perfect for narrow applications & color-matching with white-based materials
- Fast print speed up to 12 inches per second (60 ft per minute)
- Superior print resolution up to 1200 dpi
- Print width 0.5” to 4.2”
- Industry-best performance
- Excellent reliability
QuickLabel QL-300 – Solution for dynamic, colorful branding and special effects
- Print in White (CMYK+W), allowing you to expand your branding opportunities
- Print speed up to 6 inches per second (30 ft per minute)
- Exceptional print resolution up to 1200 dpi
- Print width 0.83” to 4.95″
- High-resolution output with low toner consumption
- Durable labels that withstand abrasion, moisture, and UV exposure
QuickLabel QL-60M – Single Color Application Solution
- Print speed up to 5.9 inches per second
- Prints smaller labels at a 4 mm x 3 mm minimum printable area
- High accuracy and fast print speeds
- Ideal for producing durable images for linear and 2D barcode printing, overprinting, and surfaces exposed to extreme conditions
When it comes to CBD, it’s essential to have label materials explicitly suited for this industry. Luckily, AstroNova’s GetLabels division has the widest variety of material options. Whether you’re looking for materials that are narrow, eye-catching, glossy, matte, extremely durable, resistant to oils, or are made with materials such as hemp or grass paper, GetLabels has you covered. GetLabels understands that in a competitive industry, it’s not only essential to ensure your materials fit your needs, but it’s equally important to personalize your products and stand out on the shelves. We have Media Specialists equipped to offer you a consultative approach, or browse our online materials finder and find the material that fits your needs.
Questions? Let us know, we’re here to help!
At AstroNova, we offer a total labeling solution. We provide the tools you need to integrate production efficiencies into your business and keep up with industry demands from a wide variety of label printers, materials, technical support, training, and a library of support videos. Contact us to schedule a free, web-based demonstration and to speak with one of our specialists!
GHS (Globally Harmonized System) Chemical Labeling Compliance
Until 2003, chemical labels were regulated by standards created by individual nations, usually with advice and commentary from related industry groups. We now find ourselves in an era of globalization, in which a globally interconnected supply chain accomplishes the manufacturing, packaging, transport, sale, and use of chemicals and chemical products.
Costs of GHS labeling are varied. The European Union, the United States, Canada, and Asian countries have all moved towards GHS chemical labeling compliance at different rates, and with different final standards.
Although all of these packaging guidelines are GHS compliant, they do have subtle differences in language, size, and orientation rules – when a company ships chemicals to each of these countries, distinct packaging is needed for each location. From shipment to shipment, packaging an unpredictable amount of specific chemicals with unique GHS labels is a process that can be difficult to prepare for, without the appropriate packaging solution.
Benefits of the GHS Chemical Labeling Compliance Standards
Increased Safety, Communication, and Trade Facilitation
While the industry is required to bear the costs of re-assessing and re-packaging chemical products, it is important to note that there are benefits of GHS chemical labeling compliance.
- GHS allows for a simpler export of chemical products to foreign markets, with no more country-specific documentation and testing standards, workplace safety standards, and environmental standards.
- GHS further protects human health and the environment with consistent international hazard communication to inform all users throughout the chemical supply chain to the presence of a hazard. Compliance also minimizes exposure and risk to those hazardous chemicals through safer transportation, handling, and use.
- In all participating countries, GHS ensures the safe management of chemicals through identifying hazards and communicating them. This is particularly useful for countries without well-developed regulatory systems.
- GHS provides increased and simplified international trade, leading to improved communication and growth in international markets for companies seeking to import and export chemical goods.
Mandated GHS Label Requirements
• Product Identifier
The ingredient name or number of the pure chemical substance or chemical mixture. The technical name(s) must be harmonized with IUPAC, CAS, and with the technical name(s) listed on the MSDS sheet. It must also be aligned with the UN Proper Shipping Name if the chemical is regulated under the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (UNRTDG). The Product Identifier is meant to prevent accidental or uninformed exposure. A worker, shipper, or supply chain partner must be able to identify the chemical and recognize its potential hazard accurately.
• GHS Pictograms
Each red, black, and white point-set, square-shaped pictogram conveys information about particular hazardous risks associated with a chemical. In combination with the signal word “Danger” or “Warning,” the pictogram communicates the severity of the risk and is meant to prevent accidental or uninformed exposure. More than one pictogram may be used on the same chemical label, if applicable. The size of the pictogram, and other label elements, should be proportionate to the physical dimensions of the label. Examples:
• Signal Words
Either “Danger” or “Warning” used to emphasize hazards and indicate the relative level of severity of the hazard, assigned to a GHS hazard class and category: “Danger” for the more severe hazards, and “Warning” for the less severe hazards. Only one signal word corresponding to the class of the most severe hazard should be used on a label.
• Hazard Statements
These phrases describe the nature and degree of the hazard posed by the chemical. All hazard statements should be included on the label for a substance/mixture possessing more than one hazard. Example of a hazard statement: “Heating may cause an explosion.”
• Precautionary Statement
These statements must relate to the GHS pictogram and further describe measures that should be taken to minimize or prevent risks associated with the hazard. The number of precautionary statements should be kept to a maximum of six. Example: “Keep away from heat/sparks/open flames/hot surfaces – no smoking” in relation to a pictogram that shows Explosive Danger and a Hazard Statement such as “Heating may cause an explosion.”
• Supplier Information
Each chemical container, including secondary packaging such as crates and master cases, must include a GHS label printed with the Supplier Information. This must include the name, address, and telephone number of the manufacturer or supplier of the product.
• Supplementary Information
Additional product information volunteered by the manufacturer, supplier, or other responsible parties. It is acceptable for the manufacturer to make a statement that is not harmonized with the GHS standards. However, the statement must not conflict with GHS standards.
Label Size Requirements
Most countries do not require minimum label sizes for GHS labels; however, they stipulate that GHS labels are easily readable. In the European Union, label minimums are outlined, depending on the capacity of the container. Within the European Union, the proper minimum label dimensions based on container size are depicted on the chart below:
Printing GHS Labels In-House
The variety of GHS label formats and size configurations has made the prospect of printing labels in-house, tailored for each chemical product, attractive to many chemical manufacturers. There are a couple of options for printing GHS labels as part of an in-house packaging process:
Option One: Printing Labels with a Barcode Printer
In this scenario, a barcode label printer is used to print pictograms, signal words, manufacturer address, and other text in one-color: black. Secondary and additional colors, red for the GHS pictograms and other colors for logos and branding, are pre-printed onto a roll of labels.
This pre-printed roll is inserted on a thermal transfer barcode printer, which prints the black-colored portion of the label, including the black section of the GHS pictograms, signal words, hazard warning, and other text with a black-colored thermal transfer ribbon.
This solution requires a large inventory of pre-printed labels, and a separate pre-printed roll for each variation in chemical label: different countries, languages, pictograms each get their own pre-printed roll. This presents a logistical challenge in a production setting, where packaging staff is required to identify and select the correct pre-printed label roll from among the many rolls on warehouse shelves for each batch.
Option Two: Printing Labels with a Full-Color Label Printer
A full-color digital label printer grants the capability of printing variable GHS labels with maximum flexibility to comply with GHS labeling regulations, along with customer and retailer demand.
Chemical manufacturers are finding that a full-color label printer provides them the most flexibility for printing GHS labels for international and domestic markets, wholesalers, and private label retailers.
A four-color or five-color printer can satisfy BS5609, GHS, private, and custom labeling requirements at the same time. However, an in-house, full-color digital label printer gives chemical manufacturers the capacity to print labels that integrate all GHS required elements and create graphic-rich primary display panels that include logos and branding the same label printing process.
Questions? Let us know, we’re here to help!
At AstroNova, we offer a total labeling solution. We provide the tools you need to integrate production efficiencies into your business and keep up with industry demands from a wide variety of label printers, materials, technical support, training, and a library of support videos. Contact us to schedule a free, web-based demonstration and to speak with one of our specialists!
The world of packaging & labeling is quite complicated and can be littered with complex terms and legalese. The origins of the USA’s current regulatory framework can be traced back to the Uniform Packaging and Labeling Regulation (UPLR) that was first adopted in 1952. The UPLR requires that consumer packaging bear a label specifying the following:
- the identity of the commodity
- the name and place of business of the manufacturer, packer, or distributor
- the net quantity of contents in terms of weight, mass measure, or numerical count is in a uniform location upon the principal display panel
UPLR has precise definitions for seemingly simple and straightforward terms like “package” or “label.” Select terms you may find useful are defined and explained below. For a complete list of terms along with their definitions and exceptions, please refer to the relevant section in NIST Handbook 130.
The term “package,” whether standard package or random package, means any commodity: (a) enclosed in a container or wrapped in any manner in advance of wholesale or retail sale, or (b) whose weight or measure has been determined in the wholesale or retail sale. An individual item or lot of any commodity on which a selling price is marked based on an established price per unit of weight or measure shall be considered a package or packages.
Consumer Package or Consumer Commodity
A package that is:
- customarily produced or distributed for sale through retail sales agencies or for consumption
- used by individuals for the purposes of personal care
- used in the performance of services ordinarily rendered in or about the household
- used in connection with personal possessions
A package that is a lot, shipment, or delivery of packages of the same consumer commodity with no fixed pattern of net contents.
Any written, printed, or graphic matter affixed to, applied to, attached to, blown into, formed, molded into, embossed on, or appearing upon or adjacent to a consumer commodity, or a package containing any consumer commodity, for purposes of branding, identifying, or giving any information concerning the product or the contents of the package.
Principal Display Panel(s)
The part(s) of a label that is designed to most likely be displayed, presented, shown, or examined under the usual and customary display and purchase conditions. Wherever a principal display panel appears more than once on a package, all requirements about the “principal display panel” shall pertain to all such “principal display panels.”
A package containing two or more individual packages of the same commodity, in the same quantity, is intended to be sold as a multi-unit package, but where the component packages are labeled individually in full compliance with all requirements of this regulation.
A package intended for retail sale, containing two or more individual packages or units of different commodities. Examples: antiquing or housecleaning kit sponge and cleaner lighter fluid and flints.
A package intended for retail sale, containing two or more individual packages or units of similar, but not identical, commodities. Commodities that are generically the same, but that differ in weight, measure, volume, appearance, or quality, are considered similar, but not identical. Examples: two sponges of different sizes or plastic tableware, consisting of four spoons, four knives, and four forks.
A spot label is a label clearly defined utilizing a border, indentation, or other means that cover only a small portion of the surface of a principal display panel of a package; the entire portion of the principal display panel outside the area of the label contains no printed or graphic matter of any kind. A spot label may provide all required labeling information (identity, responsibility, and net contents), but it must at least indicate the identity and net contents.
A header label or header strip is a label that is attached across the top of a transparent or opaque bag or other containers that bears no other printed or graphic material.
A package that is one of a lot, shipment, or delivery of parcels of the same commodity with identical net content declarations. Examples: 1 L bottles or 12 fl. oz cans of carbonated soda, or 500 g or 5 lb. bags of sugar.
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AstroNova has a long history of working closely with the medical device and medical supply community for over 30 years, including experience in achieving ISO 13485 certification and producing a variety of medical devices and supplies of our own.
Due to recent events, we are receiving requests for expedited orders to help our customers who are actively involved in the fight against COVID-19. One customer specifically, a major American manufacturer of diagnostic healthcare products, is working diligently to produce swab collection kits, among other products to provide to labs and the government. To meet this demand, they are exponentially ramping up production to meet the needs. In short, every piece produced needs a label.
How are AstroNova Printers and Materials Qualified for the Medical Community?
Over the years AstroNova has worked with leading medical device manufacturers to ensure AstroNova label printers and label materials pass mandated, stringent regulatory requirements and independent laboratory testing to support their global packaging initiatives on these key points:
- Establish AstroNova printers that can effectively, accurately, and repeatedly produce labels with adequate color matching
- Substantiate that the inkjet ink, thermal transfer ribbons, and/or toners used by AstroNova label printers provide adequate abrasion resistance, moisture & chemical resistance, ensuring high-quality readability, free of excessive scuffing that might prevent legibility or barcode scanning.
- To show label stock sufficiently adheres to a variety of packing materials and substrates used in many packaging configurations including pouches, trays, bags and tubes, both sterile and non-sterile materials such as foil, Tyvek® (some corrugate and some with SBS – sterile barrier system), film, bubble bag, polybag, and tube and furthermore, remained adhered to their package component
In conclusion, our samples passed both the initial and post-conditioning review with a 100% pass rate with 0% failures, validating AstroNova label printers and AstroNova label stock successfully meeting the required protocol and passing all validation requirements. Thereby, the validation team was able to confirm that the AstroNova label printer, and AstroNova label stock combination is a proven system to support the sterile and non-sterile box and label operations and the Global Label initiative.
How Does it Differ from Verification?
Process validation is a term used in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device industries to indicate that a process has been subject to such scrutiny that the result of the process (a product, service, or other outcomes) can be practically guaranteed. The general public may use terms like “verification” or “validation” loosely or interchangeably in conversations, but the FDA assigns specific definitions to terms like these.
Validation means confirmation by examination and provision of objective evidence that the requirements for specific intended use can be consistently fulfilled. [Definitions 21 CFR 820.3 (z)]
Verification means confirmation by examination and provision of objective evidence that specified requirements have been fulfilled. [Definitions 21 CFR 820.3 (aa)]
While the completion of process validation is a regulatory requirement, a manufacturer may decide to validate a process to improve overall quality, eliminate scrap, reduce costs, improve customer satisfaction, or several other reasons. Coupled with adequately controlled design and development activities, a validated process may result in a reduced time to market for new products. The pharmaceuticals and Medical Device industries are facing an unprecedented situation right now due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has impacted communities all across the world. Time to market, while always deemed necessary by the industry, is even more critical now as millions of lives can be potentially impacted.
Phases of Process Validation
In general, the validation of a process is the mechanism or system used by the manufacturer to plan, obtain, record, and interpret data. These activities may be considered to fall into three phases:
- An initial qualification of the equipment used and provision of necessary services – also known as installation qualification (IQ)
- A demonstration that the process will produce acceptable results and establishment of limits of the process parameters – also known as an operational qualification (OQ)
- Establishment of long-term process stability – also known as performance qualification (PQ).
Since our label printer solutions are used widely in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device industries, AstroNova understands these challenges and can support our customers with these process validations on our printer products and supplies, ensuring they can be completed smoothly and quickly.
We just released procedures and templates to help perform IQ, OQ, and PQ on our QL-120/120X range of printers. Our trained technical support staff can help your teams complete these procedures remotely as well as ensure that process validations can be done in a safe manner, and quality products can be produced and shipped out of your facilities in record time.
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In the cosmetics industry, looks matter. There’s a lot of pressure for product packaging to portray the end results –even when working with small surfaces. But while trying to catch the consumer’s eye, there are still regulations products must follow. So how can you make your custom cosmetic labels both attractive and effective?
First Things First: Product Requirements
Regardless of your product line, you need to be aware of the industry requirements for cosmetics labels. What are the most common rules and regulations for labeling in the cosmetics industry?
According to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, it is prohibited to market cosmetics that are adulterated or misbranded as well as while in interstate commerce. FDA regulations are required for any product, except soap, intended to be applied to the human body for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance.
A cosmetics label is considered misbranded if:
- labeling is false or misleading
- the label does not state the name and address of the manufacturer, packer, or distributor or the net quantity of contents
- the required information is not stated prominently, with conspicuousness, and in terms that it is read and understood by consumers under customary conditions of purchase and use the container or its fill is misleading
Read the full list of FDA cosmetics labeling standards here.
Make Compliance Easier
Ensure products meet all FDA regulations and easily maintain labels with an in-house label printer – this includes overseas, certifying compliance within each country.
Meanwhile, printing in-house also offers a much more affordable option compared to outsourced printing. By printing in your facility, you have the ability to produce large or short runs of labels as needed with expiration dates, ingredients lists, allergen warnings, barcodes, organic and natural certifications.
Make Sure Your Products Have What They Need
In addition to FDA requirements, environmental exposure can require a higher need for durability.
If you offer lotion, body wash, or facial cleansers, you may want to consider a printer that applies water-resistant labels. This will help protect your labels from fading or peeling. Utilizing these resistant labels will bring your products to another level of professionalism. By adhering to both FDA standards and product needs, your cosmetics will perform effectively.
Watch how CJ’s Unique Boutique uses their durable QuickLabel printer to label all of their lotions and creams:
Stand Out On The Shelves!
Looks matter in this industry.
Makers of cosmetics and personal care products don’t just need a lot of labels – they need a lot of different labels. One body lotion alone can be available in dozens of different scents, an array of bottles, tubs, and more. Your product packaging is what makes you stand out from the competition. What catches eyes on the shelves can be the difference between the purchase of your brand over competitors.
If you’re looking for a cost-effective way to enhance your cosmetics label designs, an in-house label printer is the best solution. For instance, not only will printing cosmetics labels in-house save money, but it is perfect for short-runs of seasonal products, new scents, sizes, and formulations – especially when it comes to the design process.
Using your own label printer will allow you to control your label from start to finish – making sure it showcases your product as envisioned.
Make Your Custom Cosmetics Labels Attractive and Effective With QuickLabel!
If you’re looking for a photo-quality, colorfast label printer with high-production rates, we recommend the QuickLabel color label printer.
The QuickLabel printer is an extraordinarily fast printer with the ability to produce beautiful, vibrant color labels in an astounding 1200 dpi.
“It’s a cost-effective time-saving printer. It creates excellent quality labels for our packaging, and I couldn’t be happier.”
– Ryan Flynt, CJ’s Unique Boutique
By acknowledging your product packaging design, the durability of labels, and FDA standards, custom cosmetics labels are able to function effectively while attracting consumers to your products.
Looking to Print Cosmetic or Beauty Labels In-House?
If you’re interested in learning more about creating eye-catching labels in your own facility, feel free to contact us to schedule a free demonstration or speak with one of our specialists!
Did you know not all labels meet the requirements to be considered BS5609 certified?
If your business generates products that require this certification, such as chemical jugs, hardware, and industrial product labels, and more, it is important to know what BS5609 is and the standards that need to be met.
What is BS5609?
BS5609 is the internationally recognized British Standard for pressure-sensitive adhesive labels used for overseas shipping. Also known as the Marine Immersion Label Testing Standard, chemical manufacturers refer to this standard when their labels are used on hazardous chemical containers transported by sea.
BS5609 certification establishes whether or not labels remain adhesive and readable on containers and barrels, after prolonged exposure to the ocean environment including both seawater and sand abrasion.
Elements, including those required by GHS, such as red and black ink of GHS pictograms, hazard statements and health warnings all must remain identifiable on the label with slight or no color change or print removal in order to pass BS5609 testing.
Where Can You Get BS5609 Certified Labels?
Surprisingly enough, you can print them yourself. With some help, of course.
QuickLabel now has a line of BS5609 certified label printers for GHS labels. These label printers are available in three models for various label sizes, all of which are able to produce BS5609-compliant labels.
Not only will you remain compliant, but you can print all of your labels in short-runs, in-house.
Eric Pizzuti, Vice President of QuickLabel states, “We are confident that our QL-120D label printer and our BS5609 certified labels and inks comprise the most durable, reliable, and easy-to-use GHS label printing solution on the market.”
Pizzuti continues, “Chemical producers who need to print black and red GHS labels for bottles and cartons will be pleased to know that they can also print their front-panel primary display labels in full-color using the QL-120D, which boasts excellent print quality and 1200 dpi resolution.”
QuickLabel BS5609 Label Printer
The QL-120D label printer allows you to print durable labels that can get dirty, wet, scuffed, and exposed to sunlight and chemicals – all while maintaining legibility and colorfastness.
Thanks to cutting-edge pigment ink formulation and GetLabels qualified label stocks, labels printed by the QL-120D comply with GHS hazard warning labeling regulations and BS5609 certification, one of the most stringent physical label standards in the world.
The QL-120D Label Printer
Variable color shoebox labels, hardware labels, electrical labels, industrial product labels, and color warehouse labels are ideal uses for the QL-120D. Its reliable operation, 12 ips print speed and 1200 dpi print quality make the QL-120D a high performer for your production facility.
Similar to the QL-120/QL-120X commercial label printers, the QL-120D prints labels from 0.5”- 4.2” wide and up to more than 15” in length. The QL-120D is also compatible with matte polypropylene and paper label materials and doesn’t require lamination to make durable labels.
Not all JanSan labels are easy to get approved. If you handle sanitation or chemical supplies, you know there are specific marks and content that must appear on the product labels.
In this post, you will gain insight into chemical and GHS label markings and how to label them. In addition, we will cover how utilizing an on-demand color label printer can provide the best labeling solution for your products.
What Are GHS and Chemical Regulations?
Janitorial and sanitation products are among the chemicals that require color-coded chemical hazard identification labels in compliance with GHS Labeling regulations.
GHS stands for Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, which are usually represented as red and black pictograms.
Also known as graphic symbols, pictograms are used to communicate specific information about the hazards of a chemical. The GHS regulation standards use a total of nine pictograms.
The purpose of these symbols is to provide workers with better information on the safe handling and use of hazardous chemicals, thereby allowing them (or anyone handling the product) to avoid injuries and illnesses related to exposures to hazardous chemicals.
To read more on each GHS classification symbol, with a more in-depth review of each, please view our white paper GHS Chemical Labeling Compliance: Requirements & Solutions.
What to Include on Chemical Cleaning Supply Labels
The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) states, “chemical manufacturers, importers, or distributors must ensure that each container of hazardous chemicals is labeled, tagged or marked with the following information: product identifier; signal word; hazard statement(s); precautionary 1 2 statement(s); and pictogram(s); and name, address and telephone number of the chemical manufacturer, importer, or other responsible parties.”
Make Compliance Easier by Printing Compliant Labels In-House
Now that you have a better understanding of the labeling requirements, what’s the best way to create your labels?
If you are in the industry, you already know most GHS label printers offer the ability to print GHS compliant labels in just two colors, red and black.
An ideal durable label printer, QuickLabel tabletop label printer has the ability to instantly print full-color GHS JanSan labels in 1200 dpi resolution.
The QuickLabel “D” printers produce durable, pigment based labels that are able to withstand water, dirt, exposure, abrasion, and hazardous chemicals while maintaining color-fastness.
So, with a QL-120D, you can print your entire chemical label in seconds, including your logo and primary display panel graphics and the red and black GHS pictograms, text, barcode, and serializations.
See What the Extra-Durable, GHS Compliant Kiaro! D is Capable of:
Printing in full color, 1200 dpi allows your compliant GHS labels to send two messages:
1. A responsible manufacturer has packaged the product safely.
2. The company logo and branding stand out from other competitors.
A QuickLabel printer provides valuable competitive advantages by maintaining GHS compliance and showing off signature brands.
Stand Out on the Shelves
While other companies are stuck with identical packaging, you have the option to stand out with custom messaging. Your custom label and verbiage will ensure customers and clients know exactly who manufactures their chemicals.
To get the perfect package, we recommend using labeling software in addition to an in-house label printer. Labeling software allows you to link your database of chemical descriptions with a label printer for accuracy.
With a robust color label printer such as the QL-120D and a fully-featured GHS labeling software such as NiceLabel, it is easy to become compliant and maintain compliance.
Interested in learning more about in-house durable label printers?
Contact us for more information on GHS and chemical JanSan labels.
In the food and beverage industry, the nutrition facts table is an important part of the product label. Displayed directly on your product, the Canadian Nutrition Facts table (US, European, etc.) must be accurate and updated to governmental changes.
If you are a consumer or business owner, it is important to understand and use the nutrition facts label correctly. Therefore, hand-in-hand with the ingredient listing, the nutrition facts table is required on most packaged foods in many countries.
Changes to the Canadian Nutrition Facts Table
On December 14th, the Canadian FDA announced changes to be made to their nutrition facts table.
So, they released a statement regarding these major upcoming changes, explaining, “We’re making improvements to the nutrition facts table and list of ingredients on food labels based on feedback from Canadians and stakeholders. The food industry has a transition period of 5 years to make these changes. This means that you might start seeing new food labels as early as 2017.”
Some of the major label changes include:
- Serving size more consistent to easily compare to similar foods & know how many calories and nutrients are being consumed
- Increased calorie font size
- New % daily value, % daily sugars value, and footnote
- Clearly defined list of sugars included within the ingredient list
You can review the full article statement here.
So what does this mean to you?
There will be a much greater need for the flexibility of changing, altering, and updating label information on demand.
So who does this affect?
If you are a food/beverage industry business owner in Canada, these Canadian Nutrition Facts changes will affect your production line, label design and product distribution overall. However, this change is not limited to Canadian businesses.
So, if you are a global company and/or a company who distributes products to Canada, all labels containing the nutrition facts table must change to adhere to the new Canadian FDA rulings.
How can you make these adjustments easier on your business?
It’s simple. With the need for specific, on-demand labels you will require private labeling.
Although, the only downfall to this is the additional expenses that come with outsource label companies, including shipping time and labeling errors.
If this is a concern, an in-house color label printer is your solution.
Using your own color label printer will allow you to make these changes to your product labels in your own facility, saving you the time and money spent on outsourcing.
With label values, listings, and percentages becoming more specific, owning your own label printer will let you make changes to your labels or create new ones on your own production line.
Because these changes are coming soon. Getting a head start on such a significant change is never a bad idea.
Learn more about quality on-demand color label printer options today.
What is the Drug Quality Security Act?
The Drug Quality Security Act (DQSA) is an important US law that aims to create and establish an electronic traceability system for pharmaceutical drugs. As of January 2015, the new serialization system began.
What is a DQSA-Compliant Label?
With this new policy, prescription drugs will now be tracked by the FDA. They’ll be tracked down to the individual dose by a serial number that will be printed right on the label of your prescription drugs. The serial number will be stored in an FDA database. If you’re wondering what the label needs to look like, it’ll be something like this:
But what truly are the benefits of traceability? Well, first and foremost, it’s important to comply with federal regulations. But, besides that, you can actually enhance the reputation of your brand, and draw attention to your safe practices.
Along with those benefits, traceability also:
- Promises consumer safety
- Protects your product from fraud and counterfeiting
- Improves your product’s efficiency
- As of January 2015, the lot-level traceability system begins.
- As of late November of 2017, manufacturers will be required to serialize pharmaceutical products.
- By November 27, 2023, the law will require the complete transition to an electronic, interoperable traceability system at the package level. (source)
Why do we need the DQSA?
The DQSA keeps consumers safer. You may recall the incident in 2013 in which a strain of fungal meningitis was spread via a small compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts. The DQSA was strengthened as a direct result of that event.
The new DQSA serialization requirement will allow the FDA to view a product’s history, much like a browsing history on an Internet application. By allowing the FDA to view history, it will enable suspect products and illegitimate products to be sniffed out and taken care of before a consumer gets to them.
Who Does the DQSA affect?
The DQSA will affect:
- Wholesale distributors
- Third-party logistics
All of these groups will have different rules to follow when it comes to complying with the Drug Quality and Security Act.
- Manufacturer: When the DQSA defines a manufacturer, it means a company that:
“(A) Holds an application approved under section 505 or such a license issued under section 351 of the Public Health Service Act for such a [pharmaceutical] product, or if such a product is not the subject of an approved application or license, the person who manufactured the product.
(B) a co-licensed partner of that company
(C) an affiliate of that company that receives the product directly from the producer or a co-licensed partner (Section 581)
- Re-Packager: A re-packager is considered “a person who owns or operates an establishment that repacks and re-labels a product or package for further resale or distribution without a further transaction.” (Section 581)
- Third-Party Logistics: Third-Party Logistics is the activity of outsourcing activities related to Logistics and Distribution. (Logistics List)
- Wholesale Distributor: A Certified Wholesale Distributor is a company who handles wholesale shipments for the manufacturer of a product (or in some cases is the product manufacturer). They have a warehouse, distribution center, and ship products directly to the retailer. (World Wide Brands)
How Can Your Pharma Labels Communicate Safety?
Your product labels can do more than just comply with the DQSA serialization requirement. They can show your commitment to safety by using photos, graphics, and color codes to assists patients and caregivers. Printing a color label with a photo of a pill that matches the correct dosage, printing a label with a photograph of a patient, and printing labels with color-coded areas will all increase patient safety. We recommend that you investigate the benefits of using a QL-120X color label printer to print your pharmaceutical labels.
If You Want to Know More…
- Drug Quality & Security Act: Meeting Supply Chain Responsibilities https://www.fdli.org/docs/dqsa-2014/e-jungman_fdli-dqsa-2-20-14.pdf?sfvrsn=0
- Pharmaceuticals, Traceability, E-Pedigree, and Obama’s ‘Other’ Healthcare Law http://supplychaindharma.com/pharmaceuticals-traceability-e-pedigree-obama-healthcare-law
- Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA), Title II of the Drug Quality and Security Act of 2013 http://www.fda.gov/drugs/drugsafety/drugintegrityandsupplychainsecurity/drugsupplychainsecurityact/
Our friends at Health Canada have just updated their labeling regulations for natural products. If you’re a Canadian maker of nutritional products, then there are some new regulations that you must keep in mind when selling your products there.
What is the Natural Product Number?
The Natural Product Number is a new labeling tool that is being required by Health Canada. The NPN is an eight-digit number that indicates the natural health product has been approved by Health Canada and is safe, works, and is of the high-quality. All products with a Natural Product Number are licensed for retail in Canada.
The red circled area of the label is the Natural Product Number. This 8 digit number verifies that the product has been approved by Health Canada.
In order to meet Health Canada’s new regulations, here’s some information you will need to have on your label, along with the Natural Product Number:
- product brand name
- product license holder
- product’s medicinal ingredients
- product’s non-medicinal ingredients
- product’s dosage form
- product’s recommended use or purpose (ie its health claim or indication)
- risk information associated with the product’s use (ie cautions, warnings, contraindications, and known adverse reactions)
If you have all of the above information on your natural health product, along with a Natural Product Number, then you’re good to go!
My Label is Good to Go… Now What?
Now that your label meets the new Health Canada regulations, you need a printer that will make your new label in the highest quality and resolution – and the QL-120X color label printer is just the tool for the job.
QuickLabel Systems has plenty of experience making labels with the natural products industry and takes great pride in working with you to assist you in all of your labeling needs. Contact us for a virtual demonstration of the QL-120X color label printer, or call our Canadian headquarters at 800-565-2216 with any questions regarding your labeling needs.
Best regards on all of your health product labeling, Canada!