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Council reaches deal for updating EU rules on textile labelling
Sep '10
The Council confirmed, by qualified majority, its political agreement on a draft regulation aimed at reviewing the European Union (EU) system for the standard description of fibres and the labelling of textile products (11162/1/10 and 12225/10 ADD 1).

The agreement enables the Council to establish its position at first reading, which will be forwarded to the European Parliament for a second reading in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure.

The regulation will revise current rules on the use of textile fibre names, labelling, marking and determination of the fibre composition of textile products, with a view to improving the functioning of the internal market and to providing accurate information to consumers.

Under the terms of the agreement, the future regulation should also contain provisions to improve the system in order to:

• Further harmonise the names of textile fibres and the indications appearing on labels, markings and documents which accompany textile products at the various stages of their production, processing and distribution.
• Ensure that correct information is made available to consumers across the Union.

• Reduce the administrative burden for national authorities, by allowing a faster adoption of new fibre names to be applied at the same time throughout the EU.
• Lay down methods for the sampling and analysis of textile products that can be turned into European standards.
• Reinforce legal clarity, by replacing the three existing relevant directives (73/44/EEC, 96/73/EC and 2008/121/EC) by a single legal instrument.

The new act will explicitly state the responsibility of manufacturers and importers in ensuring the supply of the label or marking and the accuracy of the information contained therein when placing a textile product on the market.

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