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Brazil Seeks Input on Proposal to Modify Mercosur Labelling Requirements for Textiles and Apparel

Brazil’s National Institute of Technology, Normalisation and Industrial Quality (INMETRO) is seeking input from interested parties by 28 September on a proposal to modify the Mercosur labelling requirements for textiles and apparel, as laid out in Mercosur Common Market Group (GMC) Resolution 33/07. According to the proposal, the new requirements would enter into force four months from the date of publication of a final regulation in Brazil’s official journal.

The proposal does not appear to include any major changes to the requirements of GMC Resolution 33/07. Some of the more notable modifications under consideration are summarised below.

  • one or more fibres representing less than 15 percent of the fibre content of a product could be disclosed as “other fibre” or “other fibres,” as applicable (this threshold is currently 10 percent)
  • a new provision would clarify that when textile yarn is intrinsically added to a fabric made from a different yarn, thereby becoming an integral part of that fabric, the fibre content of such fabric must reflect the incorporation of such yarn
  • care labelling would have to be carried out in accordance with ISO 3758:2013, compared to ISO 3758:2005 currently
  • new language would explicitly require the ISO 3758:2013 care symbols to be used in the correct order and comply with certain other conditions
  • mattresses, mats, pillows and cushions would be exempt from the care labelling requirements, except for those with a removable textile cover
  • the list of exclusions from the labelling requirements would be modified by adding stuffed door seals and Christmas and similar decorations, and removing textile products for rent
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