New European Union rules on textile labelling are set to come into force next year which combine three existing laws into one unified piece of legislation.

The new regulation allows for the addition of new textile fibre names and covers the related labelling and marking of the fibre composition of textile products. This is designed to make it easier for companies to launch new fibres,

Another change that will impact on retailers and suppliers is a need to label animal inputs such as leather and fur. Any animal-derived materials will have to be clearly stated on textile product labels with the words "contains non-textile parts of animal origin."

The regulation will become effective from 8 May 2012, and any goods placed on the market after that date will need to comply with the new rules. There will also be a transition period for all products placed on the market before then, which will last until 9 November 2014.

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