Encapsulated Leaflets Overview

Expanded Content Labels

What are Encapsulated Expanded Content Labels?

Encapsulated Expanded Content Leaflet Labels are an ideal solution for pharmaceutical and healthcare products that require a large amount of content. They are particularly useful when replacing traditional pharmaceutical inserts or when multi-lingual information and clinical trials requirements need to be displayed.

These labels consist of a booklet or leaflet that is encapsulated by a transparent material that can also display a panel facing the outside of the product. The encapsulation process provides a high degree of protection for the booklet, ensuring that it remains secure and tamper-proof. Additionally, the panel’s visibility allows for easy readability by patients or consumers, providing them with clear and concise information about the product.

Encapsulated Expanded Content Labels are versatile and can be customized to meet specific product requirements. They can be printed with a range of text, graphics, and colors, and can be designed to fit a variety of container shapes and sizes. Furthermore, these labels can be equipped with a range of additional features, such as barcodes and QR codes, to enable easy tracking and identification of the product.

Encapsulated Expanded Content Labels are an excellent solution for pharmaceutical and healthcare products that require a large amount of information. With their high degree of protection, clear visibility, and customizable features, these labels provide an effective and user-friendly solution for a variety of product requirements.

Expanded Content Labels (ECL's)

Expanded Content Labels (ECLs) are the go-to solution for manufacturers who require a lot of space to display important product information. They are particularly useful in industries such as pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and food where regulations demand a lot of text be displayed on the product packaging. ECLs are versatile and can be used in a wide variety of packaging types such as bottles, cartons, and containers, including uniquely shaped ones.

Not only do ECLs display large amounts of information, but they can also be used as a marketing tool. By creating extra space for promotional coupons and eye-catching graphics, ECLs can help products stand out on store shelves. The ability to integrate both pressure-sensitive labels and loose, folded outserts, or booklets into a single label creates a more cost-effective, secure, and user-friendly approach to product packaging.

ECLs can be created as a booklet or leaflet encompassed into a self-adhesive, fully laminated label with an adhesive tab. This makes them easy to use and allows customers to access the information quickly and efficiently. The versatility of ECLs extends to the labeling of small or large containers, round, square, curved or uniquely shaped bottles, cartons, and containers.

ECLs offer manufacturers the ability to combine important product information with eye-catching design and promotions in a single, user-friendly label. They are an effective way to meet regulatory requirements while also providing a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

Expanded Content Label Options

ECL Page/Panel Counts


  • Stitched booklets: 4-184 pages
  • Glued bound booklets: 4-48 pages


  • Single Panel max: 16 panels
  • Multiple Ribbon glue bound max: 32 panels
  • Removable ECL leaflets allow the booklet to detach information without damaging the rest of the package.
  • Resealable ECL Leaflets allow the label to be opened and closed for repeated use. The leaflet label also has a resealable closure available in many different versions. It can be covered with a dirt repellent and attractive looking lamination.
Open Tab Positions

Tab opening direction options: left or right

Tab opening direction options: left or right

Tab opening direction options: left or right

Tab opening direction options: left or right

Base Construction

Full Base Label -Expanded Content Labels

Full Base Labels are designed for use on flat surfaces including cartons, kits and cards. The base spans the entire length of the ECL from edge to edge. Bases can be constructed from a large array materials and is offered Clear, White, Black, Opaque or metalized substrates.

Full Base Section Shown in Blue

Front Side of the Label

Partial Base Label -Expanded Content Labels

Partial Base Labels are designed for use with cylindrical clinical containers such as bottles, vials, canisters and syringes. Partial Bases are a small section of base that adheres to the container and allows the booklet to wrap around the curved surface, generally the tab section is used to adhere to the other side of the container, securing the booklet. Bases can be constructed from a large array materials and is offered Clear, White, Black, Opaque or metalized substrates.

Small Partial Base Section Shown in Blue

Large Partial Base shown in Blue

Front Side of the Label

Segmented Label Base Construction -Expanded Content Labels

Segmented label base constructions are used when it is necessary to wrap a booklet label around one or more edges of a box or carton. As illustrated below it uses “2 base section” so the label is able to bend and adhere correctly around corners or tight radiuses. It is important to have all the packaging component dimensions when designing this type of label. 

 2-Base Section Shown in Blue

Front Side of the Label

Other Available ECL Formats
  • Full Graphics OTC with ECL
  • Multi-Wrap
  • Encapsulated Tear off leaflet
  • Back label with leaflet
  • Back label with stitched booklet
  • Back label with glue bound booklet
  • Tear off leaflet with zipper opening
  • Clinical Booklets 
Available Imprinting Methods
  • Thermal transfer
  • Laser
  • Hot stamp
  • Data lase
Lamination Options

Patterned Lamination for Imprinting

Patterned Lamination leaves an unlamented area for Imprinting.

Label Example

Fully Laminated - ECL

Full Lamination shown in pink

Label Example

Compatible Container Types

ECL’s can be custom made for many types of packaging. The flexibility of ECL’s designs even allow the most difficult containers or primary package to accommodate an ECL.

  • Round Bottle
  • Square Bottle
  • Vial
  • Syringe
  • Ampule
  • Carton
  • Auto Injector
  • and More

ECL Questions?

Not sure of what you need for your application ? One of our packaging specialists will be glad to help.

Why choose CCL for Expanded Content Labels

CCL Healthcare’s commitment to providing high-quality Expanded Content Labels (ECLs) for the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries is reflected in their investment in advanced equipment and highly qualified staff. The company ensures that its products exceed customers’ quality expectations by implementing robust standard operating procedures (SOPs) and current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) in their facilities. This enables them to remain market innovators and continuously expand their offerings to meet the unique demands of the industry.

CCL Healthcare leads the way in quality control, investing heavily in vision verification systems that ensure every product is 100% verified and documented for traceability. The company operates under cGMP and ISO standards, maintaining temperature and humidity-controlled facilities for the manufacturing of their products. To ensure the highest quality of products, CCL Healthcare’s dedicated quality assurance team and production departments follow strict SOPs and CSPs in fully segregated manufacturing areas.

With a global presence and manufacturing footprint across 34+ specialized healthcare sites, CCL Healthcare is able to provide customers with the highest level of service, technical expertise, and product innovation, no matter where they are located. This commitment to quality and innovation has allowed CCL Healthcare to maintain its position as a leader in the industry, delivering cost-effective and user-friendly solutions to meet the unique needs of pharmaceutical and healthcare companies.

CCL Healthcare is market leader custom cGMP printed packaging solutions. We offer the industries largest array of printed packaging and  functional secondary packaging products. The products shown on the website are only a small sampling of the formats, constructions, and configurations. To discuss your unique or custom packaging needs, please contact a packaging specialist.

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