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First quarterly Newsletter: Textile names and labelling of textile

Legal Acts in the EU in the area of technical harmonization: adopted or proposed during the last quarter


    Textile names and labelling of textile






-  ongoing discussions
-  Celex No.: 52009PC0031

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The description of the agenda:
This Regulation lays down rules concerning the use of textile names and related labelling of textile products as well as the rules concerning the quantitative analysis of binary and ternary textile fibre mixtures.
The idea for a revision of Textile Names legislation came to light in recent years as a result of the experience developed with regular technical amendments to introduce new fibre names into the existing Directives. This experience has shown that there was scope to simplify the existing legal framework with potential positive impacts for private stakeholders and public administrations.

Aims and benefits:
The aim is to simplifying and improving the existing regulatory framework for the development and uptake of novel fibres, with a view to encourage innovation in the textile and clothing sector and to allow fibre users and consumers to benefit faster from innovative products.
In addition, the proposed revision will also enhance the transparency of the process to add new fibres to the list of harmonised fibre names. At the same time, it will introduce more flexibility to adapt legislation in order to keep up with the needs of the technological developments expected in the textiles industry.

Difficulties and disputed points:

  • definition of the marking and labelling,
  • extension of the scope of this Regulation of the compulsory labelling on the ground of consumer protection - for example country of origin, instructions for textile care, etc., (In accordance with the conclusion of the IMCO Committee that took place in 4. 11. 2009 the European Parliament will not insist on compulsory labelling providing that the European Commission will elaborate next appropriate proposal.).

Time sequence:

30. 1. 2009

Adoption by Commission

2. 2. 2009;

Transmission to Council and to EP

30. 4. 2009

First Working Party (WP) during the CZ PRES

30. 4., 18. 5., 15. 6. 2009

WP during the CZ PRES

1. 7., 9. 9., 28. 9., 22. 10. 2009

WP during the SE PRES

Possible February 2010

WP during the ES PRES


Committee Permanent Representatives

Possible March 2010

EP opinion 1st reading


WP Jurists/Linguists


Approval – Council


Signature by EP and Council


Published in OJ EU ;

Entry into force:

This Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Communities. This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.

Related documents:
European Parliament – The Legislative Observatory:

PreLex – Monitoring of the decision-making process between institutions:

Opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee: