On November 5, 2020, an updated Rules and Regulations under the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act comes into effect, incorporating the latest version of the relevant ISO standard, ISO 2076:2013(E) Textiles – Man-made fibers – generic names.
Under the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act (16 CFR 303) certain textile products offered for sale in the US must disclose:
• Generic name and percentages by weight of the constituent fibers in the product
• Manufacturer’s or marketer’s name
• Country where the product was processed or manufactured
Section 303.7 of the Textile Rules (Generic names and definitions for manufactured fibers) states manufacturers must use generic names for man-made fibers. This provision lists the generic names and definitions established by the FTC through its textile petition process and it incorporates by reference the generic names and definitions set out in the ISO 2076 standard.
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released the amendment to incorporate the latest 2013 iteration of ISO 2076, which contains seven additional generic fiber names not previously included in the 2010 standard. These are:
• Polypropylene/polyamide bicomponent
The amendment is designed to reduce compliance costs, increase flexibility for disclosing fiber information to consumers, and help manufacturers develop labelling that satisfies the requirements of multiple countries.
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