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System to Obtain ID Numbers Used on Apparel Labels Streamlined

As part of Acting Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen’s regulatory reform agenda, the Federal Trade Commission has updated the Fur, Textile and Wool Rules to implement web-based electronic filings of requests to obtain, update or cancel registered identification numbers (RN) used on fur, textile and wool product labels. The FTC indicates that the updated RN system makes it easier for companies to obtain an RN and avoid having to put long company names on labels.

Under the current rules, most clothing and textile and fur products must have a label that identifies the manufacturer or other business responsible for marketing or handling the item. The FTC’s site at RN.FTC.GOV has been updated to allow real-time data validation for applicants and alert them to possible errors to avoid unnecessary delays. According to the agency, the use of the web-based RN system will streamline the application process for participating businesses and greatly increase the agency’s efficiency in delivering RN services to the public.

The FTC advises industry members with RN numbers to visit RN.FTC.GOV to verify that their information is accurate. There are currently more than 140,000 entries in the system.

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