Cyprus - Country Commercial Guide
Labeling and Marking Requirements

Overview of the different labeling and marking requirements, including any restrictive advertising or labeling practices and where to get more information.

Last published date: 2021-09-30

Republic of Cyprus:

As with other EU countries, food product labels must be in the local language (Greek, in the case of the ROC) and include the product name, ingredients, net contents, name of importer/distributor, and country of origin.  For additional information, please contact the Ministry of Health.   

Additional references:

  • Directive 2000/13/EC (https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?qid=1403082958676&uri=CELEX:02000L0013-20130701 )of the European Parliament and of the Council of March 20, 2000 on the approximation of the laws of the member states relating to the labelling, presentation, and advertising of foodstuffs.
  • Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 (https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?qid=1403083354428&uri=CELEX:02011R1169-20140219 )of the European Parliament and of the Council of October 25, 2011 on the provision of food information to consumers.

The “Safety of Consumer Products Law” of 1994 outlines the legal responsibilities of those involved in the production or distribution of consumer products requiring safety warnings (including household appliances, pharmaceuticals, and many other products).  One of these responsibilities concerns the proper labeling and packaging of consumer products to render them completely safe to the public.  This includes having the necessary safety warnings for consumer products in Greek.  The Government has re-doubled efforts for stricter enforcement of the law.

Area Administered by Turkish Cypriots:

Labeling and marking requirements are much looser in the area administered by Turkish Cypriots than in the ROC and are not yet in line with EU norms.  Mandatory labeling in Turkish is not a requirement for imported products if the label is in English or one of the other main European languages.  For more information, contact the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce.