The Federal Trade Commission (Commission or FTC) has completed its regulatory review of the Rules and Regulations under the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act (Textile Rules). Pursuant to that review, the Commission concludes that the Rules continue to be valuable to both consumers and firms. The regulatory review comments suggested various substantive amendments to the Rules. The Commission has considered these proposals and other proposals that it believes merit further inquiry. The Commission seeks comment on whether it should amend the Textile Rules to: (1) allow the listing of generic fiber names for fibers that have a functional significance and are present in the amount of less than 5% of the total fiber weight of a textile product, without requiring disclosure of the functional significance of the fiber, as presently required by Textile Rule 3(b); (2) eliminate the requirement of Textile Rule 16(b) that the front side of a cloth label, which is sewn to the product so that both sides of the label are readily accessible to the prospective purchaser, bear the wording ``Fiber Content on Reverse Side'' when the fiber content disclosure is listed on the reverse side of the label; (3) allow for a system of shared information for manufacturer or importer identification among the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) countries; (4) add a provision to Textile Rule 20 specifying that a Commission registered identification number (RN) will be subject to cancellation if, after a change in the material information contained on the RN application, a new application that reflects current business information is not promptly submitted; (5) allow the use of abbreviations for generic fiber names; (6) allow the use of abbreviations and symbols in country of origin labeling; and (7) allow the use of new generic names for manufactured fibers if the name and fiber are recognized by an international standards-setting organization. In addition, the Commission seeks comment on the possible resolution of apparent conflict between the Commission's country of origin disclosure requirements and new U.S. Customs Service regulations pursuant to the Uruguay Round Agreements Act of 1994.
Agency Contact: Bret S. Smart, Program Advisor, Los Angeles Regional Office, Federal Trade Commission, 11000 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 13209, Los Angeles, CA 90024, (310) 235-7890 or Edwin Rodriguez, Attorney, Federal Trade Commission, Sixth Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20580, (202) 326-3147.
This is a proposed regulation. Comments were due on May 13, 1996.