NEWSBYTE: FTC Seeks Public Comments Regarding Care Label Rule

On July 7, 2011 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Request for Public Comments in regard to 16 CFR 423, The Rule on Care Labeling of Textile Wearing Apparel and Certain Piece Goods.  The FTC is seeking comments from the public regarding the following:

  • Currently, 16 CFR 423 allows care symbols to be used.  However, it allows only the use of the 1996 version of ASTM International’s symbols, as contained in ASTM D5489-96c - Standard Guide for Care Symbols for Care Instructions on Textile Products.  The FTC is welcoming comments on whether the rule should be modified to allow the updated version of ASTM care symbols.
  • Whether the Rule should address care instructions disclosed in languages other than English.
  • In the past, FTC has not established a definition for “professional wetcleaning” nor permitted care labels that recommend a professional wetclean care instruction. Since the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has developed standards relating to wetcleaning, the FTC is seeking comment as to whether the Care Label rule should be amended to include wetcleaning.
  • Overall costs, benefits, and necessity of the Care Labeling Rule.

Note: Comments must be received by the FTC no later than September 6, 2011.

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