Most goods have no specific labeling requirements. However, medicines and goods meant for human consumption are required to list ingredients and expiration dates in English. Labeling may be in any language; Malawi’s official language is English. Chichewa, Tumbuka, Yao, Ngoni, Tonga and Lhomwe are national and local languages.
Medicine labels are monitored by the Pharmacy, Medicines, and Poisons Board (PMPB) at https://www.pmpb.mw/. The Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) is responsible for ensuring all products are properly labeled and marked. Producers are required to declare the composition of their products and ensure that products conform to what is declared on the label. The Competition and Fair-Trading Commission (CFTC) also works to ensure consumers are protected from unfair trade practices.