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No. 25 of 2010 Standards/Product Safety as made
This Standard prescribes an information standard for the care labelling of clothing and textiles and adopts the Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1957:1998 Textiles - Care labelling.
Administered by: Treasury
General Comments: This Notice was originally made under section 65E of the Trade Practices Act 1974 and is continued in force under section 104 of the Australian Consumer Law (as set out in Schedule 2 of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010) (Act No. 51 of 1974) (see Schedule 7, item 4 of the Trade Practices Amendment (Australian Consumer Law) Act (No. 2) 2010 (Act No. 103 of 2010)).
Exempt from sunsetting by the Legislation (Exemptions and Other Matters) Regulation 2015 s12 item 16
Made 15 Jul 2010
Registered 31 Aug 2010
Tabled HR 28 Sep 2010
Tabled Senate 28 Sep 2010

COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

 

Trade Practices Act 1974

 

Consumer Protection Notice No.25 of 2010

CONSUMER PRODUCT INFORMATION STANDARD CARE LABELLING FOR CLOTHING AND TEXTILE PRODUCTS

 

I, Craig Emerson, Minister for Competition Policy & Consumer Affairs, pursuant to subsection 65E(1) of the Trade Practices Act 1974 and for the purposes of section 65D of that Act, hereby:

 

(a)        REVOKE the consumer product information standard for care labelling for clothing and textile products declared by consumer protection notice No. 16 of 2003 published in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette No. GN 50 of 17 December 2003; and

 

(b) DECLARE that:

 

i)        In respect of the goods specified in Division l of the Schedule to this Notice, the standard approved by the Standards Association of Australia specified in Division 2 of the Schedule as amended by the variations specified in Division 3 of the Schedule, is a consumer product information standard for the purposes of section 65D of the Trade Practices Act 1974.

ii)       This standard will come into effect on 26 July 2010

THE SCHEDULE

Division l: Particulars of Goods:

Clothing, household textiles, apparel (including articles such as wedding dresses, christening gowns, and promotional, sample and flawed articles), furnishings, upholstered furniture, bedding, (including sleeping bags), mattresses, bed bases, piece goods and yarns made from textiles, plastics, plastic coated fabrics, suede, skins, hides, grain leathers and/or furs but not including goods specified below.

Goods exempt from Care Labelling Requirements

Second hand goods: All second hand goods are exempt.

Men’s, Women’s, Children’s and Infant’s Wear: Unsupported coats (including overcoats, jackets and the like) of PVC film, handkerchiefs, braces, garter suspenders, arm bands, belts, headwear.

Footwear: All footwear other than all types of hosiery and textile materials used in the manufacture of footwear.

Drapery: Floor cloths, dish cloths, dusters, cleaning cloths, pressing cloths.


Haberdashery: Ornaments, artificial flowers, sewing and embroidery threads

and all other small items of haberdashery used in the making of clothing and textile products where instructions are not needed to ensure that the clothing or textile product is not damaged during cleaning and maintenance.

Furnishings: Oil baize, window blinds, shade blinds, sun blinds, awnings, floor

coverings, light fittings, lampshades, tapestries, wall hangings, ornaments,

handicraft items, draught excluders, non-upholstered furniture, cushions and

cushion covers manufactured from remnants and labelled by the manufacturer with the following disclaimer “cushion cover manufactured from remnant/s, care treatment unknown”.

Jute Products: All jute products.

Medical and Surgical Goods:    All goods intended for medical and surgical use as bandages, dressings, sanitary pads or materials forming part of manufactured medical and surgical goods.

Canvas Goods: Beach and garden umbrella coverings.

Miscellaneous Goods: Cords, twines, lashings, garden hose, toys, umbrellas and

parasols, shoelaces, woven labels, flex coverings, sporting  and gardening gloves,

articles designed to be disposed of after one use (except where specifically included) or intended for one use only (including disposable plastic rain ponchos and interment garments for the deceased), mops, basket hangers, shoe holders, remnants, industrial gloves, polypropylene webbing furniture, all bags and cases (including handbags, purses, wallets, travel bags, school bags, sports bags, briefcases and wash bags).

Division 2: The Standard

1.         Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1957:1998 Textiles - Care
labelling
, published on 5 January 1998.

Division 3: Variations:

Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1957:1998, specified in Division 2 is varied by:

(A)      Deleting clauses 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, and 1.4.

(B)       Deleting clause 2.1.1 (a) and replacing it with:

                  “(a)     Appropriate and adequate care instructions take into account all elements of an article including dyes, finishes, fibres, construction, design, zips, buttons, fasteners, padding, lace, beading, trims, decals, linings, interfacings and      embroidery which form an integral part of an article and include cleaning instructions and where necessary maintenance instructions that when followed do not cause damage to the article. Maintenance instructions are generally necessary for articles which require a cleaning process other than laundering or drycleaning.

(C)      Add the following words after the first sentence at Clause 2.1.1 (d):

“For example, a care procedure may be a dry cleaning method not specified Table 1 which may include using hydrocarbon, liquid silicone, ozone or liquid carbon dioxide.”

(D)      Delete the following words at clause 2.1.2 (a) “on the same side of the label”.

(E)       Deleting clause 2.1.3 and replacing it with: “2.1.3 Care instructions for articles unable to be washed or drycleaned: Where an article is unable to be washed or drycleaned, the permanent label shall include appropriate instructions in words:

(a) which warn that the article is unable to be washed or drycleaned; and

(b) which adequately describe the care treatment.”

(F)       Deleting clause 2.2(a)

(G)      Deleting clause 2.2(b).

(H)      Deleting clause 2.2(c) and replacing it with the following clause:

“(c)     The wording of the label shall be in English and be clearly legible.”

(I) Delete note 1 to clause 2.2.

(J)       Delete note 2 to clause 2.2.

(K)           Add the following words to note 5 after clause 2.2:

“This includes individual pieces of household textile products sold as sets, e.g. napkin and tablecloth sets.”

(L)       Adding the following clauses after clause 2.3:

“2.4 Where in this standard there is a requirement for care instructions from categories in Tables 1, 2 or 3 to be provided on or with articles, words that have a similar meaning to the care instructions listed in Tables 1, 2 or 3 may be used, e.g.:

 

“DO NOT SOAK IN PRODUCTS CONTAINING ENZYMES” could be reworded as “DO NOT SOAK IN PRODUCTS WITH ENZYMES” or “DO NOT SOAK IN ENZYME PRODUCTS” or other words to similar effect.

 

“DO NOT SOAK IN PRODUCTS CONTAINING OXYGEN-BASED BLEACHES” could be reworded as “DO NOT SOAK IN OXYGEN-BASED BLEACHES”

 

“GARMENT SIZED TO ALLOW FOR SHRINKAGE WASH BEFORE WEARING” could be reworded as “DESIGNED TO SHRINK, WASH BEFORE WEARING” or other words to similar effect.

 

“DO NOT USE SOAP-WASH IN SYNTHETIC DETERGENT” could be reworded as “WASH IN SYNTHETIC DETERGENT ONLY” or other words to similar effect.

2.5 Made-up goods of a kind specified below are exempt from the requirement that a permanent label shall be attached to the goods. However where a permanent label is not provided for such goods, care instructions shall be provided on a removable ticket or label attached to the goods, on a pamphlet accompanying the goods or as printed instructions on the wrapper or packaging.

Made-up goods for which care instructions may be provided in a form other than by a permanent label:

Adult’s, children’s and infant’s wear: Collars, neckwear, bow ties, gloves, mittens, all types of hosiery, incontinence garments, reversible garments, fur garments, bibs, washable nappies, squares of flannelette, terry towelling or muslin, baby pilchers.

Drapery: Face washers, serviettes, doilies, table cloths, tray cloths, centres, runners, duchess sets, mosquito netting and covers made from mosquito netting, butter muslin and gauze, tea towels, place mats, pot holders, finger tips, appliance covers for teapots, toasters or the like, hot water bottle covers.

Haberdashery: Elastic, elastic threads, ribbons, zips, iron-on binding patches or trim, velcro type fasteners, curtain making kits and all other small items of haberdashery used in the making of clothing and textile products where instructions are needed to ensure that the clothing or textile product is not damaged during cleaning and maintenance.

Furnishings: Cushions that are an integral part of a furniture suite, shower curtains.

 (M)     Delete the words “each of” from the first sentence of clause 3.4.

(N)      Delete the words “each of” from the first sentence of clause 3.5.

(O)      Delete the words “each category” from the second sentence of clause 3.6 and replace with the words “the categories”.

 (P)      Delete the third sentence of clause 3.6.

(Q)      Add the words “The symbol denoting ‘do not dry clean’, that is the circle with          the cross through it, is optional.” at the end of clause 3.6.

 

 

Dated this 15th day of July 2010

 

 

CRAIG EMERSON

Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs