Overview of the different labeling and marking requirements, including any restrictive advertising or labeling practices and where to get more information.
Mandatory information must be provided in both of Finland’s official languages: Finnish and Swedish. The country of origin —“made in (country)” —, must be clearly and durably marked on the label. Necessary information that must be clearly marked on the retail packaging or marked on the product (a sticker, label, etc.) includes the name of the product, the name of the manufacturer, and the amount of contents (measured in the metric system).
When applicable, the following information should be provided to secure safe use of a consumer product:
Product contents and size of contents.
Batch number identifying the consignment.
Instructions for assembly and information if the assembly requires specific qualifications for safe assembly.
Instructions for use and storage.
Warning labels and instructions for the use of any necessary personal safety devices.
Washing, cleaning and care instructions.
Instructions for disposal of the product and information on hazards of using the product.
Labeling and marking requirements in Finland are based on the Act on Product Safety, which was enacted in accordance with the EU directive on general product safety.
CE marking is required across the European Union (EU). CE marking is the manufacturer’s declaration that the product meets the requirements of relevant directives. A CE marking should be attached to certain goods falling under these categories like machinery, electric appliances, toys, personal protective equipment, and pressure equipment. Instructions for using the CE marking can be found in appropriate directives, and general instructions on the marking are included in EU Regulation 765/2008 Article 30, and decision 768/2008/EC.
Besides the CE Mark, the Swan Label indicates that a product burdens the environment less than other corresponding products without compromising performance characteristics. Additionally, the EU eco-label is a voluntary label, which U.S. exporters can display on products that meet high standards of environmental awareness.
European Standards Organizations develop standards under a mandate given by EU and EFTA to facilitate the manufacturing of products complying with directives. In Finland, the Finnish Standards Association implements these standards as SFS-EN standards.
Labeling requirements for foodstuffs in Finland are based on the Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the provision of food information to consumers (1169/2011/EU).
For information on labeling and marking requirements, please visit the Finnish Standards Association, the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority, the Finnish Food Safety Authority (Evira), and the Finnish Safety and Chemicals Agency (Tukes).