Brand New Law Makes Clothing & Shoe Tags Compliant with EU Standards

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Penalty payments because of incorrect or deficient labels have not been possible before.

Government Proposes a New Law on Clothing and Shoe Labeling to Satisfy EU Rules

The EU already requires that footwear and textile products clearly indicate what material the item is made of, and now the Finnish government proposes to Parliament legislation based on the EU Market Surveillance Regulation, which would specify companies’ obligations related to the labeling of materials.

The proposed law also enables the Finnish Safety and Chemicals Agency Tukes to impose penalty payments for incorrect or deficient labeling.

Manufacturers, importers and marketers of footwear and textiles sold in the EU must ensure that all products bear a label indicating the material the product is made of.

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In Finland, the labels must be in both Finnish and Swedish. Requiring labels of materials is not new, but penalty payments due to incorrect or deficient labels have not been possible before.

A key objective of the reform, according to the government, is to improve consumer protection. It is due to come into effect as of the beginning of 2022.

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Source: finlandtoday.fi

12 Comments
  1. EmilySmith123 says

    It’s great to see the Finnish government taking steps to align with EU regulations and improve consumer protection. Companies should be held accountable for providing accurate information on materials used in clothing and shoes. This law will ensure transparency and help consumers make informed decisions about their purchases.

  2. Alexandra Smith says

    In my opinion, this new law is a positive step towards ensuring consumer protection and transparency in the clothing and shoe industry. It’s essential for consumers to know what materials the products they purchase are made of, and imposing penalty payments for incorrect or deficient labeling will incentivize companies to comply with the regulations. I support the Finnish government’s initiative to align with EU standards and improve the quality of information provided to consumers.

  3. AlexandraSmith23 says

    It’s great to see the Finnish government taking steps to align with EU standards for clothing and shoe tags. Companies should be held accountable for providing accurate material information on their products. This new law will definitely help improve consumer protection in the market.

  4. Alicia_87 says

    Is there any information on how manufacturers will be informed of these new obligations regarding labeling materials?

    1. SamTaylor_79 says

      Sure, Alicia_87! According to the article, the Finnish government proposes legislation that specifies companies’ obligations related to labeling materials. This means that manufacturers, importers, and marketers of footwear and textiles sold in the EU will need to ensure all products bear a label indicating the material they are made of. The Finnish Safety and Chemicals Agency Tukes will also be empowered to impose penalty payments for incorrect or deficient labeling. So, it seems that manufacturers will be informed through legal channels and regulatory bodies.

  5. EmmaSmith82 says

    The introduction of the new law for clothing and shoe tags to meet EU standards is a positive step towards enhancing consumer protection. It’s essential that manufacturers, importers, and marketers comply with labeling requirements to ensure transparency and safety for consumers. The possibility of imposing penalty payments for incorrect or deficient labeling would likely serve as a strong deterrent and promote better accountability within the industry. Looking forward to seeing the impact of this legislation in improving the quality of products available in the market.

  6. EmilySmith says

    Will this new law apply to all clothing and shoe brands in the EU, including smaller businesses? How will companies be monitored to ensure compliance?

    1. JohnDoe says

      Yes, this new law will apply to all clothing and shoe brands in the EU, regardless of their size, including smaller businesses. Companies will be monitored through inspections carried out by the Finnish Safety and Chemicals Agency Tukes to ensure compliance with the labeling regulations. It’s a significant step towards improving consumer protection and ensuring transparency in the market.

  7. Kimberly88 says

    It’s about time that stricter regulations are being introduced to ensure transparency in clothing and shoe labeling. Manufacturers should be held accountable for providing accurate information to consumers. This new law will definitely enhance consumer protection and confidence in the products we purchase.

  8. EmilyJohnson says

    I believe that enforcing penalty payments for incorrect or deficient labels on clothing and shoe tags is a necessary step to ensure consumer protection and product transparency. Companies must take responsibility for providing accurate information on materials to consumers, and this new law in Finland aligns with EU standards to enhance market surveillance and ensure compliance.

  9. Emily1987 says

    Will this new law also apply to online retailers selling clothing and shoes to EU countries?

  10. EmilySmith says

    Do companies anticipate any challenges in implementing these new labeling requirements? Will this result in increased prices for consumers?

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