Myanmar’s Central Committee for Consumer Protection has enacted Directive No. 2/2019 dated December 3, 2019, to make Burmese labeling obligatory for goods manufactured and sold in the country or imported into the country. The Consumer Protection Law, enacted in March 2019, is scheduled to come into effect on March 16, 2020, one year after the enactment. The Directive No. 2/2019 is enacted to implement section 43 of the Consumer Protection Law.
Items that are required to be labeled under the Directive No. 2/2019
The following items are required to be labeled in Burmese or both in Burmese and other languages.
- Name of the goods
- Size, quantity, and weight
- Directions for use
- Storage and preservation instructions
- Allergy information
- Information on side effects
- Safety precautions
List of products covered by the Directive No. 2/2019
The Directive is accompanied by tables that summarize the labeling requirements for each target product. The major categories of target products are as follows.
- Food products
- Household appliances
- Children’s products
- Communication devices
- Pharmaceuticals and supplements
- Hygiene products
- Professional products
Labeling requirements for (2) household appliances are as follows (Y: labeling required, N: labeling not mandatory).
Labeling requirements for (4) communication devices are as follows (Y: labeling required, N: labeling not mandatory).
As for the Burmese labeling, the necessary labeling based on the product type and size shall be displayed on the packaging materials of the products to be retailed to consumers. If the information cannot be displayed on a product, an information manual or instruction manual on the product shall be provided to the consumer along with the product. In the case of goods imported from outside the country, preparation to meet the above labeling requirements (labeling or use of new packaging) shall be done before placing the goods on the market.
The Directive No. 2/2019 can be viewed from the following URL.