E-liquids labels: which are the mandatory elements?

2020-01-31T10:37:25+01:00 November 28th, 2019|Pratical tips, Regulations|0 Comments
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TPD, CLP, Consumer Code, local requirements … what information is currently mandatory to be included on the label in e-liquids with and without nicotine to comply with all the regulations governing vaping products in the EU?

e-liquids with nicotine

Labels of nicotine containing e-liquids must include the following:

  • nicotine content (in mg/ml);
  • amount of nicotine delivered per dose (mg/10ml);
  • health warning (having specific graphic requirements on font and size, e.g: it covers 30% of the surface, percentage raised to 32% for Member States with two official languages ​​and 35% for those with more than two official languages); in some Member States it is also mandatory for zero nicotine;
  • recommendation of keeping the product out of children’s reach;
  • list of ingredients above the 0,1% (weight/weight) in descending order of weight;
  • signal words, pictograms and its relative warning, precautionary statements and tactile triangle, if the mixture is dangerous according to the CLP Regulation;
  • a recommendation on disposal;
  • data of the manufacturer/the importer (name, address and telephone number);
  • batch number.

The label shall be in the official language of the Member State where the product is marketed. Some Member States require more than one language.

Nicotine zero liquids

The requirements for products without nicotine are different, for which they must be reported:

  • a recommendation for keeping the product out of children’s reach;
  • a recommendation on disposal;
  • signal words, pictograms and its relative warning, precautionary statements and the tactile triangle, if the mixture is dangerous according to the CLP Regulation;
  • instructions and precautions for use;
  • data of the manufacturer/the importer (name, address and telephone number);
  • batch number.

It is important to remember that in some States nicotine-free products are assimilated to those with nicotine; therefore the labeling must comply with the TPD requirements and must therefore include, in addition to the above-mentioned elements:

  • health warning, according to the same specifications previously indicated;
  • list of ingredients above the 0,1% (weight/weight) in descending order of weight.

Verification of compliance

All so simple? Of course it’s not … Member States may add specific requirements on labeling and additional national regulations. The regulatory framework can change rapidly and independently in each Member State.

It is also possible to indicate a series of non-mandatory elements, that can be particularly appealing to consumers. On the other hand, there is information that cannot be used in the label of a product.

It is therefore always advisable to carry out a professional check on the conformity of the labels, both for products already on the market and for launches in new national markets. Packaging is in fact the first connection with consumers, but also with the control authorities.

Contact us to check your labels or to design together those for new markets or new products.