09 May. 2012
UNIFIED TEXTILE LABELING IN EUROPEBeginning on May 8 a central regulation regarding the labeling of textiles will become effective across Europe. Previously, the European standard provided only orientation for the countries; now these standards are binding on regional levels across Europe. Thomas Lange, CEO of GermanFashion and author of the op-ed on Textile Labeling Law, published in 2010 by Deutscher Fachverlag, explains: ”From now on, the industry can only release its products following the new regulations. Goods produced before May 8, 2012 may be sold off until November 2014.“
The new regulation demands that non-textile parts of animal sources be claimed by the label without any exception. Commodities must now be outlined in percentages and the labeling of garments consisting of two or more pieces will be more complex and precise. Lange clarified, “The labeling is also specifically valid for e-commerce. The amount of the commodities have to be obvious to the customer, and not only after several clicks,” said Lange. He added that the label's language remains the same: “The goods have to be labelled in the language used in the market where they are sold. Companies exporting to France have to make sure that their labeling happens in French.”
In terms of womenswear, menswear, sportswear and workwear, GermanFashion is the German lobby of the fashion industry and supports and consults its members regarding the new labeling regulations while encouraging legible, handy, and more comprehensive textile labeling. By September 2013, the European commission will release a report on made-in tagging, the declaration of allergenic material and the European-wide standardization of sizes and care labeling.
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