How to Make Your Custom Cosmetics Labels Attractive and Effective

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 

cosmetics labelingEnsure 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!

How to Comply with DQSA Requirements for Serialization & Traceability

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?

DQSA RequirementsWith 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

Prescription Medication in Orange Pill BottlesWhat are the DQSA Compliance Dates?

    • 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
  • Repackagers
  • Third-party logistics
  • Pharmacies

All of these groups will have different rules to follow when it comes to complying with the Drug Quality and Security Act.

DQSA Definitions

  • 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?

DQSA Requirements

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.

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How to Comply with FDA Requirements for Dietary Supplement Labeling

Are you Compliant with the Most Up-to-Date FDA Regulations for Nutritional Labeling?

We’re often asked to provide an overview of dietary supplement labeling requirements for products such as vitamins, herbal supplements, and other functional foods.  To ensure your current labels are compliant, here are the requirements for marketing and labeling dietary supplements:

First, What is a Dietary Supplement?

According to the FDA website, the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act defines a dietary ingredient as a vitamin; mineral; herb or other botanical; amino acid; or dietary substance used to supplement a diet.  Unlike drugs, supplements are not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent, or cure diseases.

It is required that most foods, including dietary supplements, bear nutrition labeling.  It’s important to note that although dietary supplements are regulated by the FDA as foods, they’re regulated differently from other food and drugs.

The label of a dietary supplement product is required to be truthful, but also requires the below:

Dietary Supplement Labeling Must Include: 

  • Name of product
  • Net quantity of contents
  • Name and address of the manufacturer, packer, or distributor
  • Directions for use

Supplement Facts Panel
A nutrition label for dietary supplements is referred to as a Supplement Facts Panel.  The required information includes:

  • Serving size
  • List of dietary ingredients
  • Amount per serving size (by weight)
  • Percent of the daily value (%DV)

How to Format a Supplement Facts Panel

The formatting of the Supplement Facts panel is strictly proscribed. For example, the panel must be enclosed in a box. The title must be more significant than all other print, and it, along with headings, must be bolded. So, the type must be easy to read with black lettering and letters that are upper and lower case. If the package is less than 12 square inches in total area, all letters can be uppercased.

While it’s essential to ensure all labeling requirements are met, easy readability and a professional-looking label, are also important and should be top-of-mind.  Not only should you clearly communicate to consumers, but you want to attract them to your product as well, which is where AstroNova can help.

Dietary Supplement Labeling Solution 

QuickLabel printers provide high-quality, distinctive labels in-house with quick turnaround time, making it effortless to print and update your labels and help your business grow.

Keeping up with the changing regulations can be tiresome and costly. Continually changing regulatory compliance requires supplement manufacturers to adapt their packaging continuously. Therefore, having an in-house printer, where you can print exactly what you need when you need it, not only provides a competitive edge but also provides peace of mind, not to mention substantial cost savings.

By digitally printing labels in-house, manufacturers can simplify the packaging process and experience greater production flexibility. It’s a wasteful and inefficient practice to buy pre-printed labels in large quantities or find yourself sitting on pre-printed inventory that’s deemed unusable due to a change in label requirements.

With a QuickLabel QL-120X inkjet label printer, the cost per label is affordably low, with no excess label inventory – no wasted labels, no overstocking, and no more outside printing expenses.

Relabeling Supplements 

In a global economy, bulk ingredients and finished products are regularly imported and repackaged into individual bottles, jars, rounds, and packs.  So, with a QuickLabel in-house label printer, it’s simple to make new supplement labels that comply with domestic labeling regulations.

Enhance product labels with logos, photos, brand images, supplement facts label panels, lot and batch numbers, best-before and expiration dates, color codes, country of origin, manufacturer’s address, and other label content.

How to Submit Your Supplement Label for FDA Review

To submit your dietary supplement labeling to the FDA for a safety review, you must send the information to the Office of Nutritional Products, Labeling, and Dietary Supplements, Center for Food Safety, and Applied Nutrition and Food and Drug Administration. The address is 5100 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park, MD 20740. An original and two copies of the notification must be submitted.

Moreover, a manufacturer is required to submit a notification to the FDA at least 75 days before delivering the supplement for interstate commerce.  If a new ingredient is added to a supplement, the manufacturer is required to notify the FDA before it enters the market for consumer use.
Note: If a supplement was developed before October 15, 1994, the FDA does not require that it be reviewed before entering the marketplace.

Looking to Bring Your Labeling In-House?

See for yourself how a QuickLabel printer can make your supplement labeling more efficient and profitable.  Contact us or schedule a free, no-obligation virtual demonstration to speak with one of our specialists.

For more detailed information about labeling dietary supplements, please visit:

http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/GuidanceDocumentsRegulatoryInformation/DietarySupplements/ucm2006823.htm

http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/DietarySupplements-HealthProfessional/

Proposed FDA Labeling Requirements Aim to Make Shoppers Smarter

When compared to the labeling of organic foods, the labeling of conventional foods has been lightly regulated by the FDA. But that may all change soon. As of September 2013, proposed legislation plans to allow the FDA to more tightly control how manufacturers to label foods both to communicate and visually present information to consumers.

For years on end, shopping for healthy foods has been a struggle for some consumers due to the confusing labeling on shopping items. New legislation titled, The Food Labeling Modernization Act of 2013 was announced in September 2013 and aims to give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) more authority when it comes to monitoring food and beverage labeling for conventional foods.

To be clear, “conventional food” items are on the opposite end of the spectrum from organic food items. They are foods that are produced with pesticides, insecticides, fertilizers, or hormones. Conventional foods are the subject of the proposed new labeling requirements.

Under this Act, the FDA would be directed to establish a standard symbol system for front-of-packaging (FOP) labeling on conventional foods. Essentially, the Act aims at giving the consumer more knowledge about the food they’re consuming.

How your labels might change under the Food Labeling Modernization Act:

Front of Package Standards:

  • If the principal display panel (PDP) does not include summary nutrition information that mirrors the nutritional value of the food, the food will be deemed as misbranded
  • Labeling must use a simple, clear labeling design including calorie and nutrient information

Ingredient Disclosures:

  • The PDP must disclose information regarding the use of added color, non-caloric sweeteners, added flavoring, and sugar alcohols on all products. Added color disclosure applies to all products excluding, ice creams, butter, and cheeses.
  • Declaration of added sugars per serving statement on the label.
  • The percent of daily calories recommended for consumption statements will be added.
  • Declaration of caffeine added if the amount is 10mg or over from all sources.
  • Ingredient listing formats will be changed for easier reading. Changes include upper and lower case characters, a non-condensed font type, separation of ingredients with bullet points, and higher color contrast between the text and the background.
  • More regulations would be put in place on the use of nutrient content claims for cholesterol, saturated, and trans fats.

“Natural” Foods:

  • Natural foods are misbranded if they contain any artificial ingredient or coloring, or if they include ingredients that are chemically altered. Examples of such ingredients include high fructose corn syrup, maltodextrin, chemically modified starch, cocoa processed with alkali, or any other artificial ingredient specified by the FDA.

Whole Grain Foods:

  • If a product claims that it is “whole grain” or “whole wheat”, the percentage of whole grains or whole wheat must be clearly identified next to the label.
  • In order for a product to be deemed as “healthy”, at least half of the grains in the food have to be whole grain.

Single Serving:

  • A product that can be consumed on a single occasion will be deemed as “single serving”.

The big picture: what these labeling changes mean

Nutrition Label

Both the FDA and its Center for Food Safety and Nutrition (CFSAN) have identified these new regulations as top priority and have goals at changing the way that conventional food items are labeled to create smarter and easier shopping experiences for consumers. In their push to create smarter shoppers, the FDA aims to create food labels that are easier to read and understand. Although there is skepticism over whether the bill will actually pass, it will play an important role in proposed FDA regulations that are expected for the coming year.

What these changes mean for YOU, and how QuickLabel can help

According to the bill, big changes for food labels are in store. Not only will there be added ingredient information, but the formatting for labels will be changed as well. Under the bill, the FDA would be required to offer guidance on requirements to food manufacturers and likewise, manufacturers would be required to provide documentation to the FDA that validates their claims within 90 days of the request.

QuickLabel printers are here to help. With the Kiaro! inkjet label printer, labels are printed instantly and label changes can be made easily through our easy-to-use Custom QuickLabel labeling software, allowing you to conveniently change your label designs without having to pre-order entirely new labels for your products. The Kiaro! inkjet label printer will not only save you time and energy ordering new labels, but it’s also going to be less expensive than other label printing options.

More Resources About the Food Labeling Modernization Act:

O&H Danish Bakery Adds to Their Sweet Success

O&H Bakery Loves the Kiaro! Inkjet Label Printer

AstroNova visited O&H Danish Bakery in Racine, Wisconsin. This family bakery is a tradition in the area, and all over the world. Their most well-known product is the traditional Danish kringle. This labor-intensive flakey buttery pastry with delicious filling is popular not only in all of their Racine retail locations but also all over the world.  O&H ships their melt-in-your-mouth kringles globally.

bakery labelsO&H loves working with QuickLabel for many reasons O&H President and Owner Eric Olesen said, “Our bakery was founded on a principle of if we are going to do something let’s do it well. Knowing that we can do something well still isn’t good enough, we want to continue to get better at what we do. For instance, one of the reasons that we chose Kiaro! (now the QL-120X) for a label printer is that we really like the quality. I’m a firm believer that people eat with their eyes. Part of the experience of shopping for bakery is not looking just at the bakery but the first thing they are going to see many times it the label that’s on the bakery product. So we really want good detail, one that’s well representing that image that we are trying to portray on the label and I think that the Kiaro! label printer does just that for us.”

O&H Danish kringles come in a wide variety of flavors. Personally, I loved the one with cherry filling. We were also lucky enough to sample some of their other baked goods which include pies, cookies, bread, cakes, and much more. I highly recommend all of the flavors though, so go ahead and order a kringle today!

O&H loves the possibilities that the Kiaro! provides. They value the savings they get and being able to keep up with FDA label requirements and ever-changing ingredients without ever wasting a roll of bakery labels.

Of course, they also love the quality of the printer and labels Wendy Xavier, Administrative Quality Control Manager explained. “The most impressive feature of the Kiaro! is the quality of the picture. The round labels that we do, those are my favorite because it has a picture of the bakery on it. It’s very clear and it’s just really good quality.

If you would like to see for yourself how the Kiaro! inkjet label printer will help you gain more customers to schedule a virtual demonstration in your office or factory.