Ingredient Labeling & Ingredient Review

Our team of highly skilled scientists, toxicologists, and compliance specialists perform Ingredient Reviews to ensure labeling accuracy, ingredient disclosure, and regulatory compliance.

There needs to be complete transparency to the consumer of the presence/absence of any potentially harmful ingredients and Ellipse Analytics will work with your team to conduct an extensive ingredient review of your product and work with you to ensure compliance.

Please find some information about ingredient labeling and why ingredient reviews are critical to ensure the safety of a given product, the safety of the ingredients within that product, and the safety of the product when used as intended by the consumer. 

 

What is meant by ingredient labeling?

The primary label on a product serves as a significant component of the product’s identification and branding.  The label helps increase a brand’s visibility, helps customers differentiate a product from other similar ones, and helps create brand trust with the consumer.

Product labels contain the necessary information to help set the product apart from other products.  It informs the consumer of what the product is, what it does, and what it contains.  This concept of “what it contains” is significant to the product and the public.    

The information provided on the label must be truthful and accurate so the consumer feels safe and confident in their choice.  The label must not be misleading or provide inaccurate information, such that the brand presents a dangerous or unsafe product for the consumer.  Ultimately, product labels help protect customers from buying the wrong product. 

 

Why is ingredient labeling necessary?

It is internationally recognized and accepted that ingredient labeling of products must be standardized across a product category. Mostly, these ingredient names are harmonized to allow for ease of marketing and identification.  However, this list of INCI names occasionally varies from those published in the INCI handbooks in certain countries and regions, particularly with botanical ingredients.

Within the various product categories (e.g., food, cosmetics, dietary supplements, medical devices, and drugs), many different ingredients have been restricted, banned, or prohibited from usage in such products – chemicals, preservatives, color additives, pesticides, agricultural residues, heavy metals, toxins, allergens, etc.  

In the U.S., the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, which also provides authority for FDA’s consumer-protection work, requires that labels on packaged consumer products in interstate commerce not be false or misleading.

Ingredient labeling and label reviews are critical to ensure the safety of a given product, the safety of the ingredients within that product, and the safety of the product when used as intended by the consumer.  There needs to be complete transparency to the consumer of the presence/absence of any potentially harmful ingredients.

 

What types of products require ingredient disclosure within their labeling?

Again, the FDA regulates labels for food, cosmetics, dietary supplements, medical devices, and drugs.  Therefore, all these products and product types require compliance in labeling and listing ingredients – food, cosmetics, nutritional supplements, medical devices, and drugs. 

The FDA has restricted numerous chemicals and additives in certain products (refer to the regulatory document Title 21 Code of Federal Regulations).  For example, the FDA requires cosmetics to have an “ingredient declaration,” a list of all the product’s ingredients.  FDA requires this ingredient labeling under the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA).  There are currently over 1,300 prohibited chemicals in the European Union and several hundred restricted chemicals from being used in cosmetic products alone (refer to the European Regulation, EC no1223/2009).

Guidelines for labeling inactive ingredients from the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP), which sets standards for medicines and drugs that are enforceable by the FDA, also require manufacturers to disclose all ingredients in all such products.

 

Which organization do you turn to for trust and transparency in conducting your ingredient label reviews?

Ellipse Analytics is a service laboratory highly skilled in this area. With a specialized team of chemists, toxicologists, and compliance specialists who perform your Ingredient Reviews to ensure labeling accuracy, ingredient disclosure, and regulatory compliance.  Contact Ellipse Analytics to learn more and receive a quote (this should be a contact button)

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