For over 25 years, our pharmaceutical labels have been used for a wide range of applications, throughout the pharmaceutical industry.

From pharmaceutical labels basic packaging seals to tamper-evident and anti-counterfeiting labels for the packaging of prescription drugs, to migration-safe and low-leach labels for blood bags. We are also a major UK supplier of labelling solutions to the parallel import, generic drugs and repackaging markets.

Camera inspection of pharmaceutical labels

Initially, the label serves to mark the pharmaceutical product, clearly and reliably, by providing information on the product, its administration, batch number, expiry date, etc. However, dosage forms and drug delivery methods can vary widely, so the label design has to be optimally tailored to meet the specific requirements of the medication.

The label may also provide additional functions that add value to the product by enhancing user friendliness and product safety.

We hold the coveted PS9000:2011 accreditation, so you can be assured of our:

  • Accurate data validation and stock reconciliation
  • Security during production and waste management
  • Wide range of highly regulated, controlled printing techniques
  • Exceptional hygiene standards
  • Secure retained records

A combination of the latest print technology and high specification error checking, means our labels provide many benefits to pharmaceutical manufacturers, including:

  • Batch codes, lot numbers and expiry dates
  • Patient-specific information and codes
  • Tamper-proof labels and seals
  • 2D matrix and barcode printing
  • Back numbering for stock reconciliation

Blood bag labelling

Robust product performance and extensive adhesive safety testing are key for specialty healthcare applications, such as blood bag labels and IV bag labelling.

Each blood bag or infusion bag carries two labels. The first is applied during the manufacturing process and a second label is applied over first label, once the bags are in use at blood centres or hospitals. These labels contain information on the donor and are assigned specific expiration dates, a unique product code, and a matrix tracking bar code which ensures an accurate audit trail.

Labels must be able to withstand a variety of sterilisation methods and storage environments, including elevated temperatures and humidity during autoclave sterilisation, and storage at temperatures down to -30 ⁰C. Labels must retain their tack and adhesion properties throughout processing, storage and transfusion.

Digitally printed blood bag labels also require precise and accurate barcode tracking systems to identify the product to a particular patient and provide a 100% accurate audit trial. This level of performance is required in day-to-day healthcare and in emergency situations.

CV Labels is one of the leaders in this field, manufacturing thousands of blood and IV bag labels every month,for distribution around the globe.

Security and anti-counterfeiting

uvThe Falsified Medicines Directive has been designed to prevent the counterfeiting of prescription and high-risk, over-the-counter drugs. It demands that packs should carry a serial number to identify and authenticate individual products, and that they should be sealed in a tamper-evident way.

CV Labels has the equipment and expertise to produce the best protection for your product.  Our security labels can be produced in a wide range of materials, for a variety of products and purposes.

We produce all security labels to the highest standards to ensure they effectively discourage counterfeiting, tampering and theft.

Tamper seals

Anti-tamper labelTamper seals or ultra-destructible labels are manufactured using ultra-destructible materials which break into tiny pieces when any attempt is made to remove the label.

This ensures the label cannot be removed and reapplied, making it ideal for deterring property theft, security sealing, sealing forensic samples, providing tamper evidence or detecting and deterring unauthorised access or product substitution.

‘Void if Removed’ labels

We can produce security labels which reveal the word ‘Void’ when the top layer is peeled off to open a package, or remove part of a product.

Once opened, the label cannot be stuck down again to hide the word.  These are highly effective, and especially popular on mobile phone and tablet boxes.


Pharmaceutical substances are typically in prolonged contact with primary packaging and delivery systems such as prefilled syringes, inhalers and droppers. To reduce materials cost, improve efficiency and increase convenience for end-users, pharmaceutical companies are moving from glass containers and bottles to plastic product packaging. However, plastic has a higher potential for migration – where packaging materials or label components leach through the plastic and contaminate the medicine. There is also the possibility of the drug leaching into the container or label, when the container is being used.

To meet strict FDA and EMA regulations our labels are constructed from materials that will not leach harmful or undesirable amounts of the medicine into the labels ensuring patient safety

By choosing pretested, migration-safe adhesives, in combination with migration-safe label materials, inks and varnishes, for plastic containers, you can minimise the time and money you spend on migration certification, and, in some cases, bypass it altogether.

Partnering with us will help you achieve faster product approval and time to market, and the peace of mind of knowing your medicinal products are safe to use.

overfoil label suppliers UKParallel import

Parallel importing (PI) and repackaging of pharmaceuticals and medicinal products requires the importer or re-packager to comply with pharmaceutical manufacturing rules and guidelines. They must conform to the GMP requirements of the country of origin and may require labels in languages other than English.

Our PS9000:2011 accreditation assures you of our capability of meeting these GMP requirements,and providing you with fast, cost-effective, high-quality labelling solutions. To guarantee label quality,our EyeC Proofiler inspection system compares the scanned label samples against the signed-off proof (typically a PDF file) ensuring that all the labels meet your requirements.