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Enterprise Labeling Software, Part 1: How to Manage Compliance Labeling

Travis Wayne

Enterprise Labeling Software, Part 1: How to Manage Compliance Labeling

BY: TRAVIS WAYNE / DATE: 04/08/2021 / TOPICS: AUTOMOTIVE, CANNABIS, CHEMICAL, FOOD & BEVERAGE, HEALTHCARE, MEDICAL DEVICE, PHARMACEUTICAL, ENTERPRISE LABEL MANAGEMENT, LABEL TRACEABILITY, REGULATORY COMPLIANCE

Compliance labeling is critical for manufacturers and distributors in many industries. From UDI or MDR labeling for medical devices to GHS labeling for chemicals to nutrition labeling for food and beverage products, there are a wide variety of labeling requirements. In emerging industries such as cannabis, labeling regulations vary by country or state and continue to develop. 

 

Enforcement of compliance labeling varies too. Whether a government agency like the US FDA, OSHA, or the European Commission threatens fines for noncompliance, or your customers downstream in the supply chain will return improperly labeled shipments, you don’t want to be caught with noncompliant labels.  

 

Managing compliance labeling doesn’t need to cause headaches when you use a robust and reliable enterprise labeling system. Following these key principles will set you up for compliance labeling success. 

 

Use Smart Label Templates 

 

Whether you have 10 product varieties or 10,000, it’s inefficient to create a new label for each variety. However, this is what many companies end up doing when they don’t consider the scalability of their labeling system. When a new product variant or configuration is introduced, a new label file is created. Before long, you’re managing to hundreds or thousands of label files, and they’re often saved in random locations and updated inconsistently. 

 

Using smart label templates connected to your business database eliminates this inefficiency and allows you to easily manage and update all your labels. Instead of thousands of individual label files, you can manage to a small number of templates that use database connections to pull in variable data such as lot number, SKU, shipping address, HazCom statements, health warnings, and even images. Simply update the data in the business database, and all labels using that data will be automatically updated.  

 

Use smart label templates with database connections

 

Smart label templates come in handy when labeling regulations change. Instead of having to open, edit, and save hundreds of files, you can update a handful of templates and be ready for updated regulations in no time.  

 

If you are already maintaining hundreds or thousands of label files, don’t worry – TEKLYNX is here to help. We’ve helped countless companies consolidate their label files into templates, and we can help you too. Learn more.  

 

Implement an Electronic Label Approval Process with Electronic Signatures 

 

Leveraging the power of smart label templates is the first step. An important next step is to ensure that unauthorized users can’t make changes and unapproved labels can’t be printed. 

 

In an electronic label approval process, users are assigned specific permissions based on their role in labeling. A common set of label approval roles is: 

 

 

1. Design User: Creates or modifies the label and submits to approval workflow. 2. Manager: Approves or denies new label or change request. 3. Print User: Prints current approved version of label.

 

With clear roles and permissions assigned, labels can be quickly updated, approved, and printed with little risk of noncompliance. An electronic label approval process is much more efficient than printing labels and walking them around to each person in the process.  

 

Some label regulations, such as FDA 21 CFR Part 11, require documentation of all label changes and approvals. Electronic signatures are required to prove that changes are accurate and compliant. With an electronic label approval process, the label approver can be prompted to enter a password, which is sufficient to meet the requirement of an electronic signature. All label changes, approvals, and print jobs are recorded in the system, making your company audit-ready.

 

Verify Every Barcode You Print

 

Barcode quality is an important aspect of compliance labeling. Unfortunately, when it comes to grading and verifying barcodes, many companies use a spot-check method. They assume that if there’s an issue, it will show up on many labels and be caught by checking a few labels per print job. This haphazard process leaves those companies open to risk if a low-quality barcode slips through the cracks.  

 

Luckily, there’s a better way. Did you know you can grade every single barcode that’s printed and track that information back into your enterprise labeling software? Enabled by a powerful partnership between TEKLYNX and Printronix Auto ID, a complete end-to-end barcode verification system sets you up for compliance labeling success. Every single barcode is verified and graded, leaving no room for error on your barcode labels. Issues are promptly identified and flagged for resolution. 

 

 

With this end-to-end barcode verification system, you’re equipped to create reports showing the verification and grades for every barcode you print.   

 

Managing Compliance Labeling with Enterprise Labeling Software 

 

Keeping labeling compliant with various government, industry, and supply chain requirements can be complex. You need a label system that equips you with the tools to make compliance labeling accurate, efficient, and scalable.  

 

TEKLYNX offers LABEL ARCHIVE label security and traceability software. LABEL ARCHIVE leverages CODESOFT for efficient label design using smart label templates. It builds on CODESOFT’s robust label design capabilities by enforcing user roles and permissions for a completely electronic label approval process. LABEL ARCHIVE also comes equipped to receive and store data from Printronix barcode verifiers, enabling end-to-end barcode verification.  

 

Request a free consultation today to learn how LABEL ARCHIVE can help you manage compliance labeling for your company. 

 

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About Travis

 

Travis Wayne is the Label Design Product Manager at TEKLYNX. Travis applies his 20+ years of IT and health sciences experience to empower businesses to streamline operations and barcode better by applying software and technology. He works to continually improve TEKLYNX' strategic planning, product and project management principles, and cross-functional communications. When not working, he enjoys many outdoor activities with his wife and two children. 

 

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IRENIA / Date: 4/8/2021

Thanks TEKLYNX, for the information and update of your product!

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