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Colombia Import Regs.: Labeling/Marking

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Colombia Import Regs.: Labeling/Marking

Postby bridgat » Tue Nov 18, 2008 3:49 am

Specific marks or labels are not required, except for food, pharmaceutical and textile products. Labels on processed food products must indicate: the specific name of the product, ingredients in order of predominance, name and address of manufacturer and importer, number of units, instructions for storage and usage (when required), expiration date, and other instructions as required by the Ministry of Health or the Superintendency of Industry and Commerce. Labels and illustrations cannot be inaccurate or misleading.

On June 26, 2007, the GOC issued Resolution #1264 implementing technical regulations governing labeling requirements for HS Chapters 61, 62, and 63 and for leather goods in HS category 4203. This regulation defines precisely the necessary information that must be included on the label for these goods to be used or sold in Colombia.

Resolution No. 00074 of 2002 defines the certification, labelling and marking requirements for ecological agricultural products. "Ecological", "biological" and/or "organic" products are defined as primary and processed agricultural food products that have been certified by an entity accredited by the National Standardization, Certification and Metrology System and approved at national level. This Resolution stipulates that imports described as an "ecological agricultural product" must come from countries with which Colombia has reciprocity agreements. As of mid-2006, Colombia had not concluded any agreements with other countries due to the lack of equivalence with their laws. For this reason, Resolution No. 00074 was in the process of being revised.

Resolution No. 00329 of 2001 states that laboratories which analyse agricultural inputs and pesticide residues must be registered with the ICA. Foreign laboratories can register on presentation of certificates issued by a recognized international body. According to the authorities, as of mid-2006 1,477 agricultural pesticides had been registered in Colombia. Colombia has made amendments (Resolution No. 00026 of 2005) to the requirements relating to the registration and control of chemical agricultural pesticides since in 2004 Resolution No. 843 of 2004. The national registration of a pesticide requires a risk and environmental management assessment and laboratory analysis certificates.

Labels on pharmaceutical products must indicate in Spanish: "for sale under medical, dental or veterinary prescription," with the generic name, commercial name, net weight or volume, weight or quantity of active ingredients, license number and the lot control number. For those products having limited shelf life, the date of expiration should be included.

Insecticides and other toxic products should prominently display the skull and crossbones, the word "poison" in Spanish and information regarding usage and antidotes. Products for which there are no antidotes cannot be licensed and can only be used in programs under the direct control of public health authorities.
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