EU Language requirements

The label of a cosmetic product (container & outer packaging) should follow the language requirements which are exerted by the National Laws of the EU member states. The outcome of a correct compliance strategy would require only the product function and precautions for use to be translated to the official language(s) of the EU state it is to be sold in. The table below provides an overview of the official languages in the EU Member States with the aim to assist the manufacturer to know which languages should appear on the labels of cosmetic products to be place on specific markets.

 

# EU Member State Official languages
1 Austria German
2 Belgium German, French, Dutch
3 Bulgaria Bulgarian
4 Cyprus Greek
5 Czech Republic Czech
6 Denmark Danish
7 Estonia Estonian
8 Finland Finnish, Swedish
9 France French
10 Germany German
11 Greece Greek
12 Hungary Hungarian
13 Ireland English, Irish
14 Italy Italian
15 Latvia Latvian
16 Lithuania Lithuanian
17 Luxembourg French, German
18 Malta Maltese, English
19 Netherlands Dutch
20 Poland Polish
21 Portugal Portuguese
22 Romania Romanian
23 Slovakia Slovak
24 Slovenia Slovenian
25 Spain Spanish
26 Sweden Swedish
27 United Kingdom English
28 Croatia Croatian
# EFTA Country Official languages
1 Norway Norwegian
2 Iceland Icelandic
3 Lichtenstein German
4 Switzerland German, French, Italian

 

It is critical to remember that the function should always be translated and appear in the official language(s) of the country on the label. However, the Precautions for use  should always be translated – but if it is practically impossible to put them on the label, they may appear on a leaflet enclosed to the product.

When it comes to the expiration date of your product, you may use a symbol for the expiration date instead of writing Expiration date 28/7/2021 – this symbol is internationally recognized, on both inner and outer packaging:

28/7/2021

 

Feel free to contact us in case you have additional questions on the language requirements in the European Union.