New Labelling Regulation for Textiles and Textile Products

New Labelling Regulation for Textiles and Textile Products

The Central American Technical Regulation RTCA 59.01.08:12 has been approved by the Council of Ministers of Economy and Trade of Central America (COMIECO) as the labelling standard for textile products. This mandatory standard became effective on July 23, 2015 in the member countries including Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama

On November 6, 2014, Mexico’s Ministry of Economy published two New Mexican standards for Labelling of Textile Products in the Official Gazette: (1) NMX-A-2076-INNTEX-2013 and (2) NMX-A-6938-INNTEX-2013. These standards have been adopted as part of the Official Mexican Standard NOM-004-SCFI-2006 for mandatory labelling requirements and come into force on September 9, 2015.

In order to allow manufacturers, importers and marketers time to adjust their production processes to comply with the new requirements specific to NOM-004-SCFI-2006, authorities will accept products that are legally in the country before the effective date.

NMX-A-2076-INNTEX-2013 “Textiles – Chemical fibers – Generic names”
This standard lists the generic names used to designate the different types of chemical fibers currently manufactured on an industrial scale for textile use and other, as well as the distinctive, attributes that characterize them. The term “chemical fibers”, sometimes also called fibers manufactured or man-made, has been adopted for those fibers obtained by a process of manufacturing, as distinction of materials which occur naturally in fibrous form. This standard is fully consistent with the International Standard ISO 2076: 2013 Textiles – Man-made fibers -Generic names.

This standard will supersede NMX-A-099-INNTEX-2007.

NMX-A-6938-INNTEX-2013 “Textiles – Natural fibres – Generic names and Definitions”
This standard provides generic names and definitions of the most common natural fibres in accordance with their constitution or specific origin. It also provides a list in alphabetical order of the names in common use, along with the name’s corresponding standard. This standard is fully consistent with the International Standard ISO 6938: 2012 Textiles – Natural fibres – Generic names and definitions. With this new standard, the words “lana” (wool) and “pelo” (hair) can now be added before the generic name of some animal fibres.

This standard will supersede NMX-A-099- INNTEX-2007.

Scope of the standard:

  • Garments: shirts, pants, sports uniforms, pantyhose and socks
  • Accessories: handkerchiefs, scarves and ties
  • Household linens: sheets, blankets, bedspreads, tablecloths, mats napkins, protectors, rugs, curtains, towels, household appliances, ironing board covers, furniture covers and cushions
  • Textiles: Court fabrics, rolls, yarns and threads

Highlights of the requirement:

  • The labelling of textiles shall not be misleading or deceptive.
  • If the language on the original label is written in a language other than Spanish, a supplementary label written in Spanish must be affixed to the product.
  • Textile products sold in pairs made of the same material can be labelled on one of the parts (e.g. stockings and gloves)
  • For textile products sold in packages of several units made of different materials, each must be labelled individually to meet the requirements.
  • If the product is sold in closed packaging that does not allow the consumer to see the label, the mandatory information must be applied on such packaging.
  • If fixing a label directly on the product of certain size and shape can damage the item, then the labelling containing the information required under this regulation can be applied on the packaging, tag or wrapping (e.g. pantyhose, tights, socks, ties, handkerchiefs, scarves, yarn and thread, etc.).

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