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What Information Should Be Included on Pharmaceutical Labels?

Just as with any packaged item, pharmaceutical products need to have appropriate labels.

And while pharmaceutical label design needs to be user-friendly and practical, there are other factors that also need to be considered. 

The most important requirement of your label is that it ensures the health and safety of customers or professionals. The drug or chemical needs to be clearly identifiable and all the necessary information provided alongside the product must be visible to read, with no faults or flaws.

In this article, we’ll explore the legal and practical requirements of pharmaceutical labels, from the information you need to display, to the physical qualities your pharmaceutical labels need to have.

What constitutes a “pharmaceutical label”?

A pharmaceutical label is used for a wide range of chemical products, from over-the-counter medications, such as painkillers and supplements, to medical and laboratory equipment, like infection test kits and sample containers.

As pharmaceutical products often contain volatile or dangerous substances, they present a heightened risk for the user. This means that there are regulations that must be followed and certain qualities that must be ensured.

Strict labelling regulations are put in place to ensure that consumers are provided with clear and accurate information about the product, but what information do you need to include on your pharmaceutical labels?

What are the pharmaceutical labelling regulations?

Just as with any label for a product that is manufactured in the UK, there are certain requirements you must include to remain compliant with government regulations. 

Drug labelling regulations require certain information to be displayed, as set out in the Human Medicines Regulation 2012 – Part 13

Here are the 5 facts about your pharmaceutical products that need to be included on the label:

  • The product name and purpose, so the contents can be clearly identified
  • Dosage and use instructions 
  • Specific instructions for demographics, such as pregnant women and children.
  • Ingredients, both active and inactive 
  • Warnings and potential adverse side effects 

It is also important to note that pharmaceutical labels must feature braille for blind and partially sighted users. It must feature on more than one side of the product, be unabbreviated, and in a position that does not obscure the printed information. 

What are the practical requirements of a pharmaceutical label?

Another essential quality of pharmaceutical labels is that they must have the same durability as the lifespan of the product. 

The label must remain in place and legible, so the information and instructions are always available while the product is in use and careful selection is needed to ensure the correct papers and inks are used. 

This means that it must be able to withstand exposure to conditions that occur during storage, distribution or extensive laboratory usage. These conditions include: 

  • Moisture/humidity and submersion
  • Chemical exposure
  • Rough-textured surfaces
  • High and low temperatures
  • UV light/radiation

It must also be constructed with materials that will not contaminate the product. 

Pharmaceutical labelling services from Premier Labels

At Premier Labels, we understand that regulations and British standards can turn your pharmaceutical label design into a time-consuming and complex process. 

As one of the few label suppliers in the UK that specialise in pharmaceutical labels, we strive to meet all of your requirements, by meeting your product safety, regulatory compliance and durability specifications.

If you have any questions about your pharmaceutical labels, or if you want to talk to one of our friendly specialists, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team today. 


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