Roundtable on Proposed Changes to Care Labeling Rule
The FTC will host a public roundtable in Washington D.C. on October 1 to analyze proposed changes to its Care Labeling Rule. The Care Labeling Rule requires manufacturers and importers to attach labels with care instructions for garments and certain piece goods so consumers have reliable instructions for drycleaning or washing, bleaching, drying and ironing their clothing.
The roundtable will focus on the following:
- A proposal to allow manufacturers and importers to include professional instructions for wet cleaning on labels.
- The cost of substantiating wetcleaning instructions.
- The availability and consumer awareness of wet cleaning.
- The content of labels providing a wetcleaning instruction.
- The differences between American Society for Testing and Materials (ATSM) and the 2005 and 2010 International Organization for Standardization (ISO) care symbols and whether labels should identify ISO symbols as such if used to comply.
- The change in meaning of the circle P symbol in the ATSM system.
- Consumer understanding of symbols.
- The absence of ATSM and ISO symbols for solvents other than perchloroethylene and petroleum.
- How to clarify what constitutes a reasonable basis for care instructions.
Requests to participate must be received by September 3.