Labeling Requirements: Recent Changes & How to Comply [2021]

Sumedha Gurav

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December 24, 2020

Labeling requirements are constantly updated by authorities such as the FDA, FSSAI, and others. Revise your product labels with a seamless workflow and roll out compliant products faster.

Complying with labeling requirements matters more than ever

It really does. 

According to a report, 33% of labeling errors on medicine caused severe fatalities. In the U.S, the FDA often recalls products that don’t comply with labeling requirements.   

It’s not just the responsibility of authorities but also of brands and manufacturers to always provide consumers safe and/or nutritious products. 

That’s where mandatory labeling requirements come into play.

Recent Changes in Labeling Requirements

In the U.S., the FDA routinely rolls out new labeling requirements for food, cosmetics, drugs, and medical devices. Recently, they announced the inclusion of warnings on nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for public safety.     

To curb the sale of counterfeit products, the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (aka CDSCO) in India has issued healthcare brands to always apply QR codes even on the secondary and tertiary packaging. 

To encourage the promotion of local products, the Government of India has mandated that ‘Country of Origin’ needs to be listed while uploading products on any marketplace platform.    

Following the recent Brexit, brands and manufacturers have to follow certain labeling requirements regarding food and drinks. For products registered after January 1st, 2021, they have to use the new UK GI logos. Previously registered products have until January 4th, 2024 to update their packaging labeling to comply with the new requirements. 

 Easily update your product labels with the right tools - Artwork Flow

With so many updates and looming deadlines, brands need to work fast and roll out revised labels and reach consumers in time. However, we can all agree that revising labeling artwork due to compliance updates is a long and tedious process. So, how can you smoothen the process?  

How can Artwork Flow Help to Update Product Labeling 

Perhaps, you have received the recent revisions in labeling requirements and the deadline. To comply with them, you will need to update the product label and send it to your printer well in advance for manufacture. 

E.g, the requirement dictates the presence of a certain accreditation logo on the back of the pack labeling.

Here’s how Artwork Flow can help you do it faster and with accurate results:

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Final Thoughts

With stringent labeling requirements established for almost all industries, brands have to be quick to implement them. When importing or exporting, products need to comply with these requirements or bear recall costs and damage to brand reputation. 

Adopting Artwork Flow can smoothen out processes and decrease the product’s time-to-market. Teams will receive updated artwork files without errors and your next batch of products will comply with all the necessary labeling requirements.    

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