Overview of the different labeling and marking requirements, including any restrictive advertising or labeling practices and where to get more information.
Legislation for labeling and marking of goods depends on the category of goods. The Law on Consumer Protection 9902, dated April 17, 2008 provides general guidelines on labeling and marking requirements for goods. In general, labels should be in Albanian language and should include the name of the product, address of manufacturer and/or importer, marks or any other distinctive signs of manufacturer, importer and distributor, weight, quantity, size or dimensions and any other information depending on the type of product that is necessary for its identification and its use. It should also include the expiration date, if applicable. The label in Albanian is not a requirement for the exporter, but rather for the Albanian importing company, which should place labels before the product enters the market. Sticker labels in Albanian are acceptable when labels are in a foreign language.
According to the Law on Food 9863, dated January 28, 2008, all food products destined for end consumers must have labels in the Albanian language and include the name of the product; ingredients; quantity of special ingredients or categories of ingredients; net quantity/weight/volume; expiration date; manner of storage; pertinent consumer warnings; and importer’s full address. The label in Albanian is not a requirement for the exporter, but rather for the Albanian importing company, which should place labels before the product enters the market. Sticker labels in Albanian are acceptable when labels are in a foreign language.
Labeling and marking requirements for cosmetic products are outlined in the law 26/2017 that entered into force in 2018. The law approximated the legislation on cosmetics with the European legislation. U.S. exporters should consult with the importers for a full list of requirements before exporting.
Labeling of pharmaceuticals and OTC is regulated separately by the law 105/2014. Advertising for pharmaceuticals is prohibited while for OTC is regulated by a decision of the minister of health. For more information, please visit the National Center of Pharmaceuticals and Medical Equipment (http://www.akbpm.gov.al/).
Directions on the labeling and markings for non-food products in Albanian are less specific than food products.