The US’s Federal Trade Commission is proposing adding seven generic fibre names to the Rules and Regulations under the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act (Textile Rules) in a bid to reduce compliance costs and increase flexibility.

Comments for the proposal are due by 19 March, the Commission said in a formal notice. The Textile Rules require marketers to, among other things, attach a label to each covered textile product disclosing the generic names and percentages by weight of the constituent fibres in the product, the name of the manufacturer and its identification number, and the country where the product was manufactured.

Section 303.7 of the rules lists the generic fibre names and definitions the FTC has established through its textile petition process and incorporates by reference the generic names and definitions set forth in the ISO 2076 standard.

The FTC is now proposing to incorporate the most recent version of that standard (2013), which added seven generic fibre names not defined in the 2010 standard: chitin, ceramic, polybenzimidazole, polycarbamide, polypropylene/polyamide bicomponents, protein, and trivinyl.

“The proposed amendment should reduce compliance costs and increase flexibility for firms providing textile fibre information to consumers,” the FTC said in its notice.