Changes in the Packaging and Labeling Industry you Need to Know

1st January, 1970

Changes in the Packaging and Labeling Industry you Need to Know

In the past 3 years, packaging and labeling regulations have drastically changed the way manufacturers design their products. Most recently, we have seen the need to serialize products, add more to packaging, and digitalize labels, all to ensure products are being safely and correctly used. This article will address the latest regulatory changes in the industry, while highlighting solutions that will also be discussed more in-depth at our upcoming Pharma Packaging and Labeling East Coast conference this February.


Serialization first came into effect throughout the US in 2017 to protect consumers from counterfeit medicines, as well as stolen and dangerous drugs. It was a legal requirement created by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) known as the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA). However, for Europe, their biggest trading partner, serialization won’t be applicable until February 2019. This is regulated by the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD), which outlines that all pharmaceutical packs must contain a unique traceable number and expiration date to each individual item. Given the time it takes to create packaging and labeling products, it’s important these products comply with all country regulations by the deadline.


Given these new regulatory requirements on serialization, it is vital labels are now in the form of e-labels. With growing technological advancements in the pharmaceutical industry, and for the safety of consumers, it’s important that all packages and labels are tracked and traced. With a machine-readable code like QR codes, they allow a scanning device to retrieve relevant product information in quick succession. Technology is bringing businesses and the end consumer closer together, which is why there is an increasing interest and compliance by countries around the world to adopt e-labeling.

Secondary Packaging

In regards to product safety, more emphasis is being placed on secondary packaging design to minimize the risk of product damage or activation during shipment. It serves the role of facilitating the transportation of the packaging together for the individual units of a good. It also includes packaging displays for multiple product units, to speed-up the restocking from storeroom to shelf. Some basic regulations for packaging quality include protection from adverse external influences like moisture, temperature variations, biological contamination and physical damage. All of which can be resolved more carefully with secondary packaging.

Would you like to find out more about changes in the Packaging and Labeling industry? This February, the Pharma Packaging and Labelling East Coast 2019 conference takes place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Hear more about serialization and more innovative technologies from Packaging and Labeling experts to ensure your designs comply with the latest regulations. For more information, please visit or alternatively email us at:



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