FTC invited comments on proposed changes to Care Labeling Rule for clothing

As part of the Federal Trade Commission’s systematic review of all current FTC rules and guides, the FTC is seeking public comment on proposed changes to the Care Labeling Rule, the organization said in a press release. The Care Labeling Rule, officially called the Rule on Care Labeling of Textile Wearing Apparel and Certain Piece Goods, requires manufacturers and importers to attach labels with care instructions for garments and certain piece goods, so consumers have reliable instructions for dry cleaning or washing, bleaching, drying and ironing their clothing, and has been in effect since 1971. Based on a review of comments, the agency has concluded that the Rule continues to benefit consumers and will be retained, and is now seeking comments on potential updates. These updates include changes that would allow manufacturers and importers to include professional instructions for wet cleaning on labels if the garment can be professionally wet cleaned; permit manufacturers to use updated ASTM or ISO symbols on labels; clarify what constitutes a reasonable basis for care instructions; and update and expand the definition of “dry clean” to reflect current practices and account for the advent of new solvents.