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The Swedish Chemicals Agency has submitted, earlier this summer, a report to the Swedish Government in which it proposes amendments to EU Regulation 1007/2011 on textile fibre names and related labelling. The proposal is a result of an assignment given by the Swedish Government to the Agency, in December 2012, to develop proposals and principles for improved EU rules on hazardous substances in textiles.
Hong Kong’s textile and clothing exporters may recall that EU Regulation 1007/2011 on textile fibre names and related labelling sets out provisions for the marking and labelling of all textile products which are made available on the EU market. It also introduces a novel provision requiring that non-textile parts of animal origin (e.g., leather) in textile products must contain particular wording on the label (for more details on this Regulation, see: Business Alert-EU, 4 Nov 2011).
After having assessed various regulatory options in view of the above-listed objectives, the Swedish Chemicals Agency concluded in its report that the best regulatory option is to expand EU Regulation 1007/2011 on textile fibre names and related labelling so as to also restrict the chemical content in textiles.
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