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The EU labelling of textile products

The labelling of textile products is regulated by the EU Regulation n. 1007/2011 became applicable on 8th May 2012.

The Regulation applies to textile products defined as any raw, semi-worked, worked, semi- manufactured, manufactured, semi-made-up or made-up product which is exclusively composed of textile fibres, regardless of the mixing or assembly process employed. In addition the following products are treated as textile products:

  1. Products containing at least 80% by weight of textile fibres;
  2. Furniture, umbrella, and sunshade coverings containing at least 80% by weight of textile products;
  3. The textile components of the upper layer of multi-layer floor coverings, mattress coverings and coverings of camping goods (provided that such textile components constitute at least 80% by weight)
  4. Products incorporating textile components and which form an integral part of the product, where the compositions should be specified.

 

For the description of the fibre composition on the textile products’ labels and marking are only used the denominations listed in the annex I of the EU Regulation n. 1007/2011 and it is forbidden to use the denominations listed in the same annex in order to designate other fibers, whether as a main appellation or as an adjective form.

The regulation does not apply to the textile products:

  • intended to be exported to third Countries;
  • introduced in-transit, under customs control, into memeber States;
  • imported by third Countries in order to be object of an active traffic of improvement;
  • given for manufacturing purposes , without being object of a transfer for valuable consideration, to self-employed tailors or to enterprises working for a third party and with the feature of being independent.

In the whole European Union the textile products in order to be sold to final consumers must have a marking or a label securely attached with the following characteristics:

• durable;
• easily legible, visible and accessible.

The label must also indicating:

  • the fibre composition;
  • the possible presence of no- textile parts of animal origin;
  • who is in charge of the placing on market.

The operators' duties:

  • Manufacturer and importer

The manufacturer when placing a product on the market ensures the supplì of the label or marking and the accuracy of the information contained. Particularly, these must be easily legible, visible, clear and understandable, also with regards to the dimension and style. If the manufacturer is not established in the EU, such duties rest on the importer.

  • Distributor

When placing a textile product on the market, the distributor ensures that it bears the label or the appropriate marking.

To this regard it is necessary to underline that for the purposes of this Regulation the distributor is considered manufacturer whenever places a product on the market with his/her own name or trademark, attaches the label or modifies the content of it.

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