Guidelines for Labelling Regulations in South Africa


Labelling and packaging on commercial goods serves a far more important function than simply attracting consumers. It provides them with information that allows them to make an informed decision about their purchases. This is because labels are expected to contain information on nutritional information (in the case of foods) as well as weight and varying production variables which have an influence on the quality and use of the product concerned. Since these labels are important for this function, there are certain guidelines that manufacturers need to meet in order to ensure that the information they supply to consumers isn’t misleading or opaque. These guidelines are largely determined by the industries with some of them being more stringent (in the pharmaceutical and biological medicines industry for example) that they regulate, though there are some that stand true in any situation.

Labels should not be False or Misleading

Since clients make careful decisions about their purchases using information supplied on labels, it is essential that they be completely honest with regards to nutritional information and ingredients. The temptation to change wording to make products seem more attractive is always there, but by deceiving your consumers into buying a product you are infringing on their right to make an informed purchase.

They Should Warn of Unusual Additives

Many manufactured goods (especially those deemed fit for consumption) have the addition of ingredients which may be harmful to those who consume them, particularly those that suffer from allergies. If your product makes use of materials that could be considered harmful to anyone, a warning should be supplied to keep consumers protected.

The Intended Use of the Product Must Be Made Clear

Some products have very specific guidelines for their usage, and in some of these cases, the incorrect approach could lead to injuries, illnesses or in severe cases, even death. These types of manufacturers should take care to instruct users on their intended usage, as well as supplying warnings of the possible outcomes of not doing it correctly.

Contact MRA Regulatory Consultants for Details

There are of course many more things to consider, and they will differ between products and industries. To make sure that your labelling procedures are done within the bounds of the Consumer Protection Act, contact a representative from MRA Regulatory Consultants today, or visit our website for more information on our services.

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