The Danish Environmental Protection Agency must approve the label before the product is placed on the market. The authorisation holder must submit a draft of the label, either electronically or by letter.
The label must ensure that consumers and others can find out in a systematic and obvious way:
- which pesticides are hazardous,
- what hazards they represent, and
- how they should be handled
Design of labels
Labels must be designed in accordance with the provisions of Section 19 of the Danish Statutory Order on pesticides, the Danish Environmental Protection Agency’s guidelines of October 1993 on the design of labels and the provisions of the Dangerous Preparations Directive. The label consists of the main field, the warning field, the user instructions and the declaration field. The authorisation letter from the Danish Environmental Protection Agency will set out the layout of the label and the precise wording.
The label must not be misleading
The label must not be misleading or give an exaggerated impression of the product's characteristics. The label must not give users the impression that the product does not pose a risk for people or the environment. This applies to the use of terms such as “non-hazardous”, “non-toxic”, “green”, “low-risk biocide”, “ecological” and “natural”. Furthermore, the term “bio” or compound words involving it, apart from the term “biocide/biocidal”, may not be used in connection with the marketing of non-microbiological pesticides.
The hazard label must be in Danish
The text of the hazard label must be in Danish, although other languages may be present on the label provided the Danish text is clearly distinct from them and is accentuated. This could for example be achieved by placing a border around the text or using different background colours. Packaging may only carry text for use in multiple countries if the content of the text is the same in the various language versions and if there is correspondence between the hazard symbols, indications of danger and risk phrases for the different countries, so that consumers cannot be misled by the labelling.
The orange hazard symbols must be easy to see
The label must be easy to read and indelible. The colour and appearance of the label must ensure that the hazard symbol stands out clearly with black printing on an orange background. The label must be at least 52 x 74 mm in size. The larger the packaging, the larger the label should be.
Each hazard symbol must take up at least one tenth – and under all circumstances at least one square centimetre – of the haz-ard label.
Factsheet on labelling and packaging of pesticides
The Danish Environmental Protection Agency's guidelines on the design of labels
The Danish Classification Order
Factsheet on misleading marketing of pesticides