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In this section you will find information and links under the above areas.

The General Product Safety Directive 2001/98/EC aims at ensuring only safe products are sold within the EU.

More information on this legislation is available from the Europa website.

For more information on general Textile Compliance Intertek have produced a free app for the European Market.

For Apple devices it can be downloaded for free here.

Product labelling is an important aspect and textile products must be labelled in accordance with the regulations of the market place within which they intend to be sold.

New Regulations on Textile Labelling came into force on May 8th 2012.

The Trading Standards Institute offer a guide for business on Textile Labelling.

The UK Fashion and Textiles Association (UKFT) have advice on labelling Rules and Regulations. This includes information on Fibre Content, Country of Origin and Care Labelling.

Regulation (EU) No 1007/2011 of the European Parliament. Textile fibre names and related labelling and marking of the fibre composition of textile products, repealing council directive 73/44/EEC and Directives 96/73/EC and 2008/121/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council.

The Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) provide Guidance on the Textile Products (Labelling and Fibre Composition) Regualtions 2012 which is a guide to the EU legislation and is intended to be used alongside it.

The Home Laundering Consultative Council (HLCC) provide services around the care labelling of products.

Consumer Claims Directive 2005/29/EC concerns unfair business to consumer commercial practises in the EU market.

More information on the Consumer Claims directive.

European Commission, The Unfair Commercial Practices Directive.

The Kitemark is a product or service certification mark awarded by the British Standards Institute (BSI) that shows it has been independently tested and audited to ensure it meets quality and safety standards. It provides third party approval that a service/product consistently meets the requirements of appropriate standards. As such, the manufacturer must pay for this service and BSI undertakes the testing and awards the license to use the Kitemark.

The Kitemark is not a legal requirement in order to be able to sell goods on the European market; however, it is an accepted mark of quality. Some organisations may require products to hold a Kitemark as a mandatory requirement.

More information:



BSI Education, What is the Kitemark and CE Marking


The CE marking was implemented in 1993 as a quality and conformity mark for products on sale within the European Union (EU), to enable freer movement of products within the EU. By placing a CE marking on a product, a manufacturer is declaring at their responsibility that it conforms to all legal requirements in order to achieve the CE marking. The CE marking is mandatory for certain products, including:

This is not an exhaustive list and the legislation itself should be consulted.

The European commission have published a Guide to the implementation of directives based on the New Approach and the Global Approach. This document outlines the products and their relevant directives for compliance, giving guidance to the CE marking process. Further information is available on the European Commission website, Enterprise and Industry, Single Market for Goods.

Council Directive 93/68/EEC

The Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) publish information on CE marking.

More information:



European Commission, Enterprise and Industry, Textiles and Clothing, Environmental Issues.

The UKFT has a useful guide on Environmental Rules and Regulations.

Environment Agency, Printing and Textiles Coating Activities.

BOC Water and Wastewater Treatment provide information on industrial wastewater treatment.

Just-Style Management briefing: Recycling?-regulations_id113960.aspx" target="_blank">Textile waste Recycling? regulations.

DIRECTIVE 2008/98/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 19 November 2008 on waste and repealing certain Directives.


The European Commission Environment department regulate the safe use of chemicals through the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemical substances regulation (REACH).

The full regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 is available as a pdf.

The five-year review of REACH, as it came into force in 2007, is due this year. More information on this review is available here.

More information:


Health and safety Executive, REACH

The Environment Agency, The REACH Regulation

A summary of the Legislation and Requirements for Industry, produced by Peter Fisk Associates


Health and Safety in the Textiles Industries - Health and Safety Executive

Manual Handling in the Textiles Industries - Health and Safety Commission