Background

The Federal Trade Commission has issued a final rule that, effective Nov. 5, will enable the marketing of textile products under seven additional generic fiber names.

The Rules and Regulations under the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act (Textile Rules) require marketers to, among other things, place a label on each covered textile product disclosing the product’s generic names, the percentages by weight of its constituent fibers, and the name of the country where the product was processed or manufactured. Section 303.7 of the rules lists the generic fiber names and definitions the FTC has established through its textile petition process and incorporates by reference the generic names and definitions set forth in the ISO 2076 standard.

The FTC is now incorporating the most recent version of that standard, which added seven generic fiber names not defined in the previous standard: chitin, ceramic, polybenzimidazole, polycarbamide, polypropylene/polyamide bicomponents, protein, and trivinyl.

For more information, please contact Elise Shibles.

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