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Federal Trade Commission Issues Final Rule on Textile Labeling Requirements

04/03/2014

In a Federal Register notice published on April 3, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued the Final Rule on its revised labeling requirements, announcing the effective date to be May 5, 2014. The FTC announced the changes on March 14, 2014, but did not specify the instatement date.

The changes to labeling requirements include the following:
  • Allow certain hang-tags disclosing fiber names and trademarks, and performance information, without the need to disclose the product’s full fiber content
  • The updated International Organization for Standardization standard establishing generic fiber names for manufactured fibers need to be incorporated
  • Clarify that an imported product’s country of origin is the country where it was processed or manufactured, as determined under laws and regulations enforced by U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Better address electronic commerce with revised definitions of “invoice” and “invoice or other paper”
  • Replace the requirement that guarantors sign continuing guarantees under penalty of perjury with a requirement that they acknowledge that providing a false guaranty is unlawful, and certify that they will actively monitor and ensure compliance with the applicable law
  • Clarify the provision identifying textile fiber product categories and products that are exempt from the Act’s requirements

The final rule also includes clarification for country of origin definitions and invoice requirements.

The Federal Register notice can be accessed online at:
http://www.ofr.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2014-07518_PI.pdf



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