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HERMA Adhesive Said to Meet New EU Regs

FILDERSTADT, GERMANY | HERMA is featuring HERMAsuperPerm 63S adhesive at Labelexpo Europe 2015, September 29–October 2, Brussels, Belgium. With the adhesive, company says even conventional labels can be used to implement tamper-evident solutions as required by the EU’s pharmaceutical directive as of 2016. 

Reportedly, sealing labels equipped with this adhesive cannot be removed, even from lacquered cardboard, plastics, or steel, without destruction of the label or the packaging surface. This means costly special materials or constructions for labels and packaging are unnecessary.

Company says the adhesive allows users to equip packaging economically for pharmaceuticals as well as other products with tamper-evident labels. Such tamper-proof features will for instance become mandatory for prescription drugs according to EU directive 2011/62/EU.

Product is said to be highly resistant to water, hot air, and various solvents. Since it is a dispersion adhesive, adhesive materials can be easily processed in spite of relatively thick adhesive coating. Also said to be well suited for not only for pharmaceutical applications, but for other tasks where authenticity, safety, and inspection seals are required, such as the automotive, electronics, and food industry.

“Labels on pharmaceutical packaging are, as a matter of principle, accepted in the market. Moreover, they do not change the established appearance of existing packages”, says Dr. Ulli Nägele, HERMA’s head of development. “Folding boxes and folding box machines that have already been validated can continue to be used.” The application process for the labels, which have an essentially conventional design, is technically uncomplicated. “The main reason against using conventional, economic labels for reliable tamper-proofing was the fact that they are removable. This has been invalidated through HERMAsuperPerm 63S.”

Initially, product is available with white, semi-gloss coated paper (HERMAextracoat, grade 242 or HERMAsuper 60, grade 232) or with a transparent, glossy PP film with a topcoat (HERMA PP 50, grade 885). If required, other label materials such as paper with security features can be used.


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