EU law on leather goods labelling needed

Europe
Published:  27 September, 2013

Most textile product labelling in the EU is adequate but some new labelling for leather goods might be needed, according to a new report.

The European Commission (EC) report, based on three assessment studies and issued to the European Parliament and Council, investigates the need for new labelling requirements for textile and leather products, as well as allergenic substances in textile finished products.

Current regulations dictate that textile products sold in the EU must be labelled with their fibre composition, but the study investigated the potential need for additional information, such as country of origin, care and size using electronic labelling or symbols and codes.

The report concludes that current labelling systems are “fit for purpose, self-explanatory and familiar to consumers”, although “made-in” information is of interest to consumers.

For leather products, which barring footwear are not subject to EU-wide labelling requirements, the introduction of a label of authenticity of the leather is “desirable”, says the report.

Source: Just-Style

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