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MERCOSUR technical regulation on textile labelling

Sep '19
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Brazil’s National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (INMETRO) issued ordinance No.296 on June 12, approving the MERCOSUR Technical Regulation on labelling of textile products. Under the labelling regulation, textile products consisting of at least 80 per cent textile fibres and textile filaments by weight are subject to the requirements.

The ordinance will become effective from the date of its publication.

All mandatory information must be indicated through labels, stamps, stickers or similar means that are permanent, indelible, legible and clearly visible. The information must be presented in the language of the country of consumption but may also be presented in other languages without prejudice.

The MERCOSUR member countries—Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay—early this year approved and issued the regulation to establish the labelling requirements for textile products produced in or imported for sale in MERCOSUR member countries.

The mandatory labelling information for textile products include name, business name or trademark registered in the country of consumption and tax identification of a national manufacturer or importer; country of origin; name of textile fibres or filaments with their contents expressed in percentage by mass; care labelling instructions; and size or dimension, where appropriate, according to information on the website of SGS Global Softlines, an inspection, verification, testing and certification company. (DS)

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