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Request image files for labeling tobacco packaging or cigarette packs with text-image warnings

Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Schleswig-Holstein (Linie6PLus)

Service Description

As a manufacturer or importer of cigarettes, roll-your-own tobacco and water pipe tobacco, you must print text and image warnings on your cigarette and tobacco packaging. You can obtain the image files from the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety.

The notices for cigarettes, roll-your-own tobacco and water pipe tobacco consist of a health warning including a corresponding picture. One example is: "Smoking causes fatal lung cancer" with a picture of a smoker's lung.

As a mandatory labeling element, the pictorial warnings must take up two thirds of the front and back of the packaging. They are placed in addition to other general information and warnings such as "Smoking is deadly".

The image library for the design of the packaging with combined health warnings for smoking tobacco products is not publicly available. You must therefore apply for the files from the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL).

You may only use the image files in accordance with the European Commission's conditions of use. The technical specifications for the layout, design and form of the warnings can be found in the respective implementing decisions of the European Union.


Process flow

You can request the high-resolution image files for the warning notices online or by post.

  • Online procedure
    • Complete the online form and select the type of delivery. You can choose between sending the DVD by post or downloading it.
    • After logging into your organization account, you can submit the form.
  • By post
    • You can find the form on the website of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture - fill it out online or download it first.
    • Print out the completed form, sign it, stamp it and send it by post to the BVL.
  • The BVL will check whether your application is complete and whether your company is entitled to receive the text/image warnings.
  • After a positive check, you will receive the image files as a DVD by post or download. Please take the shipping and processing times into account when planning your application.
Requirements

The files are received exclusively by tobacco companies for the labeling of certain tobacco products or their depiction in advertising.

Which documents are required?

You may have to submit a power of attorney.

What are the fees?

There are no costs for you.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

You do not have to meet any deadlines.

Processing duration

Usually 1 to 4 weeks.

Legal basis
Appeal

No legal remedies are provided for.

Applications / forms

Forms: yes

Online procedure possible: yes

Written form required: no

Personal appearance required: no

Confidence level: substantial

Request files for the design of tobacco packaging online (available soon)

Author
Forwarding service: Deep link to the original portal

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Technically approved by

Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture

Professionally released on

08.11.2021

Teaser

As a manufacturer or importer of cigarettes, roll-your-own tobacco and water pipe tobacco, you must print text and image warnings on your cigarette and tobacco packaging. You can obtain the image files from the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety.

Process flow

You can request the high-resolution image files for the warning notices online or by post.

  • Online procedure
    • Complete the online form and select the type of delivery. You can choose between sending the DVD by post or downloading it.
    • After logging into your organization account, you can submit the form.
  • By post
    • You can find the form on the website of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture - fill it out online or download it first.
    • Print out the completed form, sign it, stamp it and send it by post to the BVL.
  • The BVL will check whether your application is complete and whether your company is entitled to receive the text/image warnings.
  • After a positive check, you will receive the image files as a DVD by post or download. Please take the shipping and processing times into account when planning your application.

Requirements

The files are received exclusively by tobacco companies for the labeling of certain tobacco products or their depiction in advertising.

Which documents are required?

You may have to submit a power of attorney.

What are the fees?

There are no costs for you.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

You do not have to meet any deadlines.

Processing duration

Usually 1 to 4 weeks.

Legal basis

Appeal

No legal remedies are provided for.

Applications / forms

Forms: yes

Online procedure possible: yes

Written form required: no

Personal appearance required: no

Confidence level: substantial

Request files for the design of tobacco packaging online (available soon)

Author

Forwarding service: Deep link to the original portal

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Technically approved by

Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture

Professionally released on

08.11.2021

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