FTC Recinds Hosiery Guides

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The Federal Trade Commission has rescinded its Hosiery Guides, which had provided guidance to industry with regard to the marketing and labeling of stockings, socks and other hosiery products, after concluding that there is no longer a need for special guidance for this industry. Deceptive marketing of these products would continue to be covered by the FTC Act. In addition, hosiery products remain covered by FTC rules governing both the content and the care labeling of textile products, the FTC said in announcing the rescission.

Guidelines are administrative interpretations to assist companies in complying with the law, but do not themselves have the force of law.

The FTC solicited comments in April 1994 on these guides, as part of an overall effort to review all of its guides and rules and to rescind those that are obsolete or no longer useful. That effort, so far, has resulted in the repeal of 22 rules and guides, and a proposal to repeal one additional rule.

The Commission vote to rescind the Hosiery Guides was 5-0.

Copies of a notice published in today’s Federal Register announcing the repeal of the guides, and the guides themselves, are available from the FTC’s Public Reference Branch, Room 130, 6th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20580; 202-326-2222; TTY for the hearing impaired 1-866-653-4261. To find out the latest news as it is announced, call the FTC NewsPhone recording at 202-326-2710. FTC news releases and other materials also are available on the Internet at the FTC’s World Wide Web site at: http://www.ftc.gov


(FTC Matter No. P948405)

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