Sell on Amazon Sign In
This article applies to selling in: Italy

Hygienic and topical products – packaging and sealing requirements

Introduction

Why are we requiring elevated packaging and sealing requirements for hygiene and topical products?

At Amazon, we always aim for the best customer experience, which starts with customers being confident that they buy products in pristine condition[1]. Online customers can return products within the free return window if they do not meet their expectations. Such returned products can only be resold as new if Amazon can determine the next customer will perceive them as new and in pristine condition (i.e. neither opened, tried nor used).

For products used in contact with the body or applied on skin, customers are even more sensitized, so we err on the side of caution: all customer returned hygienic/topical products with (1) no seal or (2) a broken seal cannot be sold as new to Amazon customers and are moved to unsellable and processed according to your seller return rights agreements. Many hygiene products currently lack tamper-proof evidence sealing, though needed to facilitate evaluation of customer returns and avoid unnecessarily moving genuinely new, unopened customer returns items to unsellable due to lack of evidence.

Amazon’s new requirements for sealing and packaging of hygienic/topical items are intended to determine clearly during the customer return process if a hygienic/topical product was never opened and prevent unnecessarily moving to unsellable genuinely new/unopened customer returns.

[1] Unless marked differently on the product’s detail page (e.g. with warehouse deals or refurbished items).

Standards and Eligibility

Going forward sellers are requested to support by: (1) Incorporating a mandatory factory seal based on Amazon’s standards for all hygienic/topical products and (2) ensuring that their hygienic/topical products have only one single ingress point, requiring the factory seal to be broken to access it. Please refer to Appendix 1 for examples of suitable and unsuitable sealing types. All sellers will need to have their packaging and sealing compliant with Amazon’s requirements by March 2021, in order to prevent unnecessary seller returns going forward caused by increased share of customer returns not sellable as new in absence of undisputable evidence of their condition.

What are the requirements of a safe factory seal to be used on such products?

  • They are opaque either with the company logo/any logo that cannot be replicated by customer.
  • The seal leaves a sign of tampering on product when broken.
  • They should be of different color and shouldn’t blend in with the surface of the product.
  • The seal should be sturdy, the only way to break it is with clear intent (no accidental breaking e.g. during transportation or usual packaging handling). The seal cannot be manipulated or copied.

Please refer to Appendix 2 for recommended guidelines on the seal’s technical specifications, and examples of products with seals on them.

Compliance with new requirements

What if I do not comply with necessary packaging and sealing requirements for my eligible products?

Starting April 2021, all products identified as hygienic or topical returned by customers will be made unsellable if they do not have an intact factory seal ensuring they are brand new and unopened or used by a prior customer. Absence of a compliant factory seal will increase the amount of unsellable returned products requiring further removal or disposal option by the sellers. However, Amazon will continue to evaluate damage ownership during customer returns and reimburse FBA sellers if item is returned for a damage caused by Amazon, irrespective whether the seal is absent or broken from the item.

What are Hygienic and Topical products?

  • Hygienic products are those that are used on a human body, including sensitive areas (e.g. mouth, eyes, genital area), and could be returned with residual substances on them (e.g. saliva, hair). Examples include shavers, oral care products like toothbrushes, skin & nail care sets, massaging devices and sex toys.
  • Topical products are those that are applied to the body, e.g. creams, foams, gels, lotions, and ointments intended to use on body surfaces such as the skin, scalp or the mouth.

Amazon sealing services

To help sellers who own a brand to comply with Amazon’s packaging and sealing requirements for hygienic and topical products, Transparency, an Amazon brand protection program, offers the option to print and apply labels in the form of tamper-evident seals.

Learn more about tamper-evident seals or submit a contact request to talk to a brand protection specialist.

To join Transparency, you need to be able to:

  • Verify yourself as the brand owner of your products by enrolling your brand in the Amazon Brand Registry
  • Apply Global Trade Item Numbers (GTIN), such as a UPC or EAN barcode, on your products
  • Apply unique Transparency seals on every unit you manufacture

Appendix

Table 1. Appendix 1: Examples for seals


Packaging and Sealing – Suitable


  1. Full protection of the product.
  2. Clearly visible condition of the seal (damaged/undamaged)
  3. Single ingress point into the product
  4. Visible one colored sticker that does not blend with the surface of the packaging, ideally different shine and material than the box is.
  5. Seal is not easily broken by transport/manipulation.
  6. Seal is not misleading.
  7. Right placement, good glue.


Packaging and Sealing – Suitable

1. Full protection of the product.

2. Clearly visible condition of the seal (damaged/undamaged)

3. Seal is not easily broken by transport/manipulation.

4. Seal is not misleading, does not appear like any other type of seal.

5. It is not a combination of multiple seals.

6. Heat-sealed parts are clearly visible.


Packaging and Sealing – Unsuitable

Logo on the seal is not visible enough blends with the color of the box.


Packaging and Sealing – Unsuitable

Logo on the seal is not visible enough, picture is too small.


Packaging and Sealing – Unsuitable

Square seal appears like a piece of tape and can be misleading.


Packaging and Sealing – Unsuitable

Logo on the seal appears as if it is printed on the box and it is not tacky enough.

Packaging and Sealing – Unsuitable

Multiple seals are unsuitable. Condition of the seal underneath is not clear.

Appendix 2: Technical specifications – Recommendation

Technical seal specification: Intersonex ix-PE20

This film is ultra-destructible by de-lamination. Combined with the high adhesive performance, this fragility will give a rapid ‘tamper evident’ bond on most substrates which creates an ideal security feature. Because these characteristics can limit label relocation, an application pretest is advisable to determine suitability.

  • Facestock: A matt white, ultra-destructible PEHD film with print-receptive surface. Basis Weight: 60g/m2 (ISO 536)
    • Adhesive: S700 is a reinforced permanent acrylic based adhesive with very good initial tack and adhesion to a wide range of substrates
      • Liner: Basis Weight: 73g/m2 (ISO 536)
        • Performance data:
          • Initial Tack: 20 N/25mm (FTM 9 Glass)
          • Peel Adhesion 90°: 12.5 N/25mm (FTM 2 St.St.)
          • Minimal application temperature: 5°C
          • Service temperature: -40°C to 90°C
        • Shelf life: Two years under storage conditions as defined by FINAT (20-25°C; 40-50% relative humidity)
Sign in to use the tool and get personalized help (desktop browser required). Sign In


Reach hundreds of millions of customers

Start selling on Amazon


© 1999-2021, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates