Maybe you can’t tell from looking at us, but the FTC is very label-conscious. No, not in that red carpet “Who are you wearing?” way. We’re more concerned that apparel and other products covered by the Care Labeling Rule give consumers accurate cleaning instructions. Fashionistas, take note because the FTC just announced a one-day roundtable on October 1, 2013, to talk over proposed changes to the Rule.
As part of its periodic review of all regs on the books, the FTC announced a while back that it was tossing the Care Labeling Rule in the wash to keep it fresh and clean. The Rule — officially called the Rule on Care Labeling of Textile Wearing Apparel and Certain Piece Goods as Amended (a title probably too big to fit on the usual care label) — requires manufacturers and importers to attach labels with care instructions for either drycleaning or home washing, bleaching, drying, and ironing garments and certain piece goods (for example, fabric people buy to sew clothes at home).
Based on your feedback, the FTC is hosting the roundtable to focus on two primary issues: 1) wetcleaning, an alternative process to drycleaning; and 2) the different sets of care symbols in current use — the ASTM International (American Society for Testing and Materials) symbols and those used by the ISO (International Organization for Standardization). Read the Federal Register Notice for details on exactly what’s up for consideration.
The October 1st roundtable will be held at the FTC's conference center, 601 New Jersey Avenue, N.W., in Washington, DC. Interested in volunteering as a panelist? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org by September 3, 2013. Planning to send written comments? It's easy to file online. We'll keep the public record open until October 15th.
Looking for regulatory basics? Read Clothes Captioning: Complying with the Care Labeling Rule.