FTC announces streamlining requirements for fur, textile, wool labeling rules

By Mark Iandolo | Sep 19, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Sept. 15 that it will streamline requirements under the fur, textile and wool labeling rules as part of acting chairwoman Maureen K. Ohlhausen’s regulatory reform agenda.

The update to the rule will allow for the implementation of web-based electronic filings of requests to obtain, update, or cancel registered identification numbers (RN). RNs are used on fur, textile and wool product labels. According to the FTC, this new electronic system will streamline the application process for participating businesses. Additionally, the process will help the FTC increase efficiency in delivering RN services to the public.

Under current rules, most clothing and textile and fur products are required to have identification labels that show the manufacturer and other businesses responsible for marketing the item. The new RN system will make it easier for companies to obtain an RN and avoid needing to put long company names on the labels they put on their products.

The FTC voted 2-0 to approve the Federal Register Notice announcing final amendments to the textile, wool and fur rules. Josh Millard of the Bureau of Consumer Protection is the staff contact for the case.

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