Labelling & Safety Data Sheets

Artwork translations are an important and necessary aspect of both the UK Cosmetic Regulation and EU Cosmetic Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009. Article 19.5 of the EU Cosmetics Regulation has the provision for each member state to legally insist that their own official language(s) be used for:

• the nominal content
• date of minimum durability
• precautions/warnings
• product function (if not clear from the presentation).
In addition, the packaging of products marketed in the UK and EU must also include the country of origin and the relevant Responsible Person (RP) to labels:
• Products sold in the UK, which are made in the EU, will need to have the specific country noted, e.g. Made in Italy/France
• Products sold in the EU, which are made in the UK, will need to be labelled: ‘Made in the UK’.

In practice, the nominal content and durability are not translated as they are represented by globally recognised units and symbols. Meanwhile, the Precautions/Warnings and product functions must be translated into the target market language(s) irrespective of their own local requirements. Any Precautions/Warnings that must be placed on the artwork are advised on by the safety assessor and are included in any Cosmetic Product Safety Report produced by them. These Precautions/Warnings must also be translated.
Some member states, such as France and Hungary have legislation requiring all information given in other languages to also appear in their own language on artwork.

We have a competitively priced, UK based, translation partner who can help customers meet these translation requirements. They offer technical translations in over 250 languages and dialects and are certified to BSEN ISO:9001 Quality Assurance, working under NDAs to ensure complete confidentiality.

Safety Data Sheets

Introduction to Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals
We can create safety data sheets (SDS) for global regulatory compliance (CLP & OSHA). In 39-languages. Following the standard 16-section format:
• Section 1. Identification
• Section 2. Hazard(s) identification
• Section 3. Composition/information on ingredients
• Section 4. First-Aid measures
• Section 5. Fire-fighting measures
• Section 6. Accidental release measures
• Section 7. Handling and storage
• Section 8. Exposure controls/personal protection
• Section 9. Physical and chemical properties
• Section 10. Stability and reactivity
• Section 11. Toxicological information
• Section 12. Ecological information
• Section 13. Disposal considerations
• Section 14. Transport information
• Section 15. Regulatory information
• Section 16. Other information, including date of preparation or last revision

The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) is a system developed to standardise the classification and labelling of chemicals worldwide. GHS allows an internationally recognised method for the identification and communication of the hazards associated in transporting and supplying chemicals across the world.

In Europe, GHS is implemented via Classification, Labelling and packaging (CLP) Regulation (EC) 1272/2008. The Safety Data Sheet follows 16-point GHS format and must be in the language of the Member State.

In the USA manufacturers, distributors and importers of cosmetic ingredients and chemicals are required to comply with GHS in the workplace through Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s Hazard Communication Standard (OSHA). Requiring the completion of a standard 16-point GHS SDS.

GHS For Cosmetic Products

Although finished cosmetic products do not require GHS labelling in terms of their consumer use, manufacture, storage, transportation, and retail sale hazards can arise during production. As such cosmetics are covered by GHS where workers may be exposed and in transport. The production of Safety Data Sheets is an effective method commonly used to provide information required for safe use and disposal of the cosmetic product.

For more information about labelling, artwork, or safety data sheets services, please contact us