Clothing and Textiles Regulations in Canada: A Complete Guide

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Planning to import and sell clothing or other textiles products in Canada? In this guide, written by Shufen Lee based in Toronto, you will learn what textiles importers must know about restricted chemicals, labeling requirements, children’s clothing regulations, and flammability.

Content Overview

  • Canada Consumer Product Safety Act
  • Textile Labeling Act (TLA)
  • Textile Labeling and Advertising Regulation (TLAR)
  • Textile Flammability Regulations
  • Children Sleepwear Regulation

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REACH Product Lab Testing: A Complete Guide

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REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and restriction of CHemicals) regulates chemicals, heavy metals and pollutants in all consumer products imported to or manufactured in the European Union.

Third-party lab testing is the only way to verify that your product or REACH compliant, and therefore legal to sell in the European Union.

In this guide, we explain what every importer and exporter must know about REACH lab testing. Continue reading REACH Product Lab Testing: A Complete Guide

Clothing and Textiles Regulations in Australia and New Zealand

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Planning to import and sell clothing or textiles in Australia and New Zealand? Keep reading, and learn what you must know about restricted chemicals, labeling requirements, lab testing and more.

Chemicals and Heavy Metals Regulations

During the process of textile manufacturing, hundreds of chemicals are used in the textile industry. It is important to ensure that your products are not violating the substance regulations in Australia and New Zealand.

Banned Chemicals and Heavy Metals

Some chemicals are considered as too dangerous for any use and have been banned by ACCC.
For example:

  • Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
  • Asbestos

On the other hand, many hazardous chemicals can still be used if appropriate controls are in place. For textile product, the following chemical must not reach a high level due to the harm to humans.

  • Formaldehyde
  • Azo dyes

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Clothing and Textiles Regulations in the United States: A Complete Guide

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Planning to manufacture, import or sell clothing or other textiles in the United States? In this guide, we explain what you must know about chemical regulations, labeling requirements, lab testing and much more concerning textiles compliance in the United States.

This is covered

  • California Proposition 65
  • Flammable Fabrics Act (FFA)
  • Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA)
  • Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA)
  • ASTM Clothing Standards
  • US Textiles Labeling Rules
  • Country of Origin
  • Clothing Lab Testing

California Proposition 65

Proposition 65 is a California state law that requires businesses with 10 or more employees to provide warning signs on their products if the product contains any chemical that can cause cancer or reproductive harm. CA Prop 65 applies to all consumer products including both children’s and adult products sold in California. Hence, apparel and textiles are also under CA Prop 65 as well.

Notice that CA Prop 65 is just allowing consumers to know if any toxins in their products. It does not necessarily mean that a product violates the safety standards or requirements if it does or may contain any of the restricted substance. However, fail to comply with CA Prop 65 warning labeling rules can result in up to $2500 per day per violation.

In term of textiles, some substances are used in the textile industry that also regulated under CA Prop 65 such as lead, cadmium, and phthalates. When you importing textile products and sell in or to Calfornia, it is important to comply with CA Prop 65.

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Clothing and Textiles Regulations in the European Union: A Complete Guide

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About to import or export clothing or other textiles for sale in the European Union? In this guide we cover everything you must know about the following:

  • REACH
  • Laboratory testing
  • EU Children’s Clothing Regulations
  • EU Textiles Labeling Rules

REACH: Chemicals & Heavy Metals

In general, REACH applies to all products including apparel and textiles products. In fact, hundreds of chemicals were used during the process of textile manufacturing. For example, sulfuric acid was used for clothes finishing. Therefore, it is essential to follow the REACH regulations in order to avoid harms to people. Continue reading Clothing and Textiles Regulations in the European Union: A Complete Guide