Expand Labeling Options to Benefit U.S. Exports-A Proposal to Amend the Federal Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA)

Published: July 10, 2018


Elizabeth J. Gentry


To facilitate the expansion of exports by U.S. manufactures, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recommends updates (Appendices A and B) to the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA) to create a new package labeling option. The FPLA requires packaged goods to bear essential information that informs consumers about the product, including how much commodity is contained within the package. This proposal has been developed in response to U.S. manufacturer and consumer requests, and is supported by the National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM), the Procter and Gamble Company (P&G), the Art and Creative Materials Institute, and others. U.S. manufacturers must use the Dual Unit format, where both U.S. customary and metric system units are displayed, and are prohibited by Federal law from declaring the net quantity using only the Metric option while their foreign competitors have the advantage of this simpler format.
Citation: OTHER - OWM White Paper
Report Number:
OWM White Paper
NIST Pub Series: Other
Pub Type: NIST Pubs


Weights and Measures, Legal Metrology, Export, Labeling, FPLA, UPLR, Consumer Products, Packaging
Created July 10, 2018, Updated November 10, 2018