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FTC Seeks Public Comments on Care Label Instructions

As part of a systematic review of all Federal Trade Commission (FTC) rules and guides, the Commission launched a public consultation process relating to 16 CFR Part 432 Care Labelling of Textile Wearing Apparel and Certain Piece Goods as Amended on 7 July 20111,2.

The FTC is interested in public comments relating to the following:

  • In 2000, FTC decided not to establish a definition of “profession wetcleaning” or permit a manufacturer to label an item with “Professionally wetclean” in the care instructions. This was because there was not a clear definition for “wetclean” and there was not a test procedure developed which would allow the manufacturer to provide a reasonable basis for the wetcleaning instruction. The International Organisation of Standardisation has developed ISO 3175-4:2003, a test method for wetcleaning, The FTC wants to hear from the public whether “Professionally wetclean” should be an allowable care instruction.
  • Under the current rule, only the care symbols listed in ASTM D5489-96c Guide to Care Symbols for Care Instruction on Textile Products are permitted to be used on care labels or as an instruction in lieu of words. The FTC is seeking comments on whether an updated version of this standard, ASTM D5489-07, should be allowed in the future.
  • The FTC is also interested to hear whether there should be an update to the rule allowing the use of care symbols other than those allowed by the current rules and if the disclosure of care instruction in multiple languages should be allowed.
  • The Commission is interested in comments relating to the cost, benefit and the necessity of the Care Labelling Rule.

All comments should be sent to the FTC by 6 September 2011. Instructions for submitting comments will appear in the Federal Register Notice.

1 FTC Seeks Public Input in Review of Care Labelling Rule for Clothing
Care labelling of Textile Wearing Apparel and Certain Piece Goods as Amended, Federal Register Vol. 76 No. 134,

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