• There are so many crazy laws and regulations about labeling, Watergraphics helps our clients with legality of label design. We put together a a quick reference guid to help you navigate FDA regulations.

    FDA considers, cosmetics  to be anything that is used to alder odors of the body, change the appearance of the body, maintain the body, protect the body or cleanse the body. If your Does your  product fall under the category of the cosmetic labeling laws?


    1. ADDRESS is required. Every product with a PDP has to note the contact information for the company manufacturing the product. This can be difficult for people who have a home manufacturing plant for small batch product creation. The good news though is that you can leave out the exact street address if the business is in in a directory online or in a phone book.

      FDA regulations in creative layout.

      FDA regulations in creative layout.

    2. BOLD TYPE is specified. The FDA mandates when to use bold lettering on labels. The net weight contents of what you create needs to be in bold font and on the bottom third of your label. Yes- there are rules on how your label has to be laid out. Be sure to consult with FDA rules and guidelines to make sure you are following them exactly.
    3. Ingredient list (mandatory/not required)? If you are making soap, as by definition of the FDA, you don’t need an ingredient list. However if you categorize your product under cosmetics, then you do need to list what is in it. You can decide whether or not you want to label your soap with ingredients, but if it has a scent or moisturizing qualities, then it needs it according to the FDA.
    4. PDP (principal display panel). This is the box you put on the bottom your product outlining the ingredients. If you hear the term PDP you need to know what it refers to and what its requirements are. Again—be sure that you read what the laws are and how to exactly create your label so as to comply with regulations.
    5. FONT requirements. There are rules of fonts that must be used. Be sure to find out what is appropriate according to the FDA before you do your printing. Different areas of your PDP need different fonts and font sizes.  As a rule, watergraphics never uses anything below 5pt type on any label -ever.

    If you’re in the business of creating cosmetics then you need to know about cosmetic labeling laws. It’s a requirement of manufacturing. Be sure to check with the regulations as dictated by the FDA so you are in compliance with all of them.

    Watergraphics strives to be plugged in with FDA regulations.  Here’s a helpful link: https://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/labeling/

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