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The Standards Organization of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf GCC STANDARDIZ

Marlboro GCC

Labeling of Tobacco Product Packages

Date of authorization by the Board of Directors: 09/09/1432 AH (August 9, 2011)

Effective date of specification: August 9, 2011

Issue Form: Technical Regulation

Gulf Standard Specification GSO 246/2011


The GCC Standardization Organization is a regional organization whose membership includes the national specifications and standards agencies of the Gulf countries. Among the organization’s tasks is the formulation of standard specifications for the Gulf Countries through specialized technical committees.

Within the agenda of the Gulf Technical Committee number 5, “The Agricultural and Food Product Specifications Division," the GCC Standardization Organization has updated Gulf Technical Regulation number GSO 246/1994, "Labeling of Tobacco Product Packages," and the Sultanate of Oman has prepared the draft of this regulation.

This technical regulation for the Gulf countries was authorized at meeting number 14 of the Organization’s management board, held on 09/09/1432 AH (August 9, 2011), with the proviso that Gulf technical regulation number GSO 246/1994 is abrogated and replaced by the new regulation.

Gulf Standard Specification GSO 246/2011

Labeling of Tobacco Product Packages

  1. Scope:

This technical regulation for the Gulf countries pertains to the explanatory information that is required to be written on the package labels of tobacco products.

  1. Supplementary References:

  2. GSO 597 "Cigarettes"

  3. GSO 1415 “Moassel Tobacco”

  4. GSO 1501 "Moassel Tobacco with Fruit Flavors"

  5. GSO 2048 "Tobacco and Tobacco Products – Snuffing tobacco”

  6. GSO 2049 "Tobacco and Tobacco Products – Chewing tobacco"

  7. GSO 2050 "Mixed Pipe Tobacco"

  8. GSO 2047 "Cigars and Tuscany Cigars"

  9. GSO 2051 "Tobacco and Tobacco products – Cigaritos"

  10. Definitions:

3.1 Cigarettes:

A tobacco product for smoking consisting of a long paper wrapper with an approximately cylindrical sectional form that contains pieces of tobacco, either with or without a filter, which may be an ordinary filter or a filter with side ventilation channels

3.2 Tobacco:

A mix of plants of the Nicotiana tabacum and Nicotiana rustica species

Gulf Standard Specification GSO 246/2011

3.3 Tobacco Products:

Any product that consists wholly or partially of tobacco leaves as a raw material, manufactured for the purpose of smoking, chewing, snuffing, or sucking (such as cigarettes, loose cigarette tobacco, cigars, pipe tobacco, moassel tobacco, water pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco, and snuffing tobacco)

3.4 Moassel Tobacco:

Finely cut tobacco derived from a mix of plants of the Nicotiana tabacum and Nicotiana rustica species and/or any mix of both to which is added sugarcane syrup (black honey) or black honey, molasses and glycerin.

3.5 Chewing Tobacco

Tobacco produced by cutting and folding the tobacco leaves into wide strips so that they are chewable. It can be mixed with spices, areca nut, betel leaves, or milk products.

3.6 Snuffing Tobacco:

A tobacco powder with added sodium carbonate, sodium bicarbonate, or both that is used by snuffing it. It may also have edible salt, sesame oil, other oils, or edible aromatic extracts added.

3.7 Data Label:

Any label, tag, mark, picture, or any other descriptive data written, printed, stamped, or affixed to the package.

3.8 Descriptive Data:

Any writing, pictures, or graphics on the package’s information label.

3.9 Package:

Any materials in which the product is directly packaged for sale as a separate unit when offered to the consumer; what is meant here is the individual package.

Gulf Standard Specification GSO 246/2011

3.10 Batch number:

A code for a quantity of the product that was produced under the same conditions during a specific period of time, usually for a specific product line and production unit

3.11 Main display area

The front and back panels of the package. If this is not easily identifiable, the largest area is considered the front panel and the second largest area is considered the back panel.

  1. Requirements:

4.1 General requirements

4.1.1 Names, symbols, marks, or pictures that violate public order must not be used.