The new draft circular applies to all textile manufacturers and importers working in the Vietnamese market

The new draft circular applies to all textile manufacturers and importers working in the Vietnamese market

The Vietnam Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) has drafted a new regulation on the use of formaldehyde and azo dyes in textile and apparel products sold in the country.

The new draft circular specifies limits and inspections methods for formaldehyde and aromatic amines derived from azo colourants in textile products. It applies to all textile manufacturers and importers working in the Vietnamese market, and follows the revocation of Circular No. 37/2015/TT-BCT in November 2016.

Both chemicals can have harmful effects on people as well as on the environment.

Under the new regulation, formaldehyde in textile products for children under 36 months of age should not exceed 30mg/kg. For textile products in direct contact with skin, the limit is 75mg/kg, while textile products without direct skin contact, should not exceed 300mg/kg.

Meanwhile, the regulation proposes a single maximum limit of content of 30 mg/kg for each aromatic amine, in any textile product.

The proposed circular, 'Limits of Content of Formaldehyde and Aromatic Amines Derived from Azo Colorants in Textile Products', also defines the technical criteria and testing methods required before a product can receive certification for standard conformity.

Inspections will be carried out by appointed bodies, authorised by the Minister of Trade and Industry.

Last year, testing and inspection specialist Intertek became the first foreign third-party laboratory to be approved by Vietnam's MOIT to test for formaldehyde and azo dyes in apparel.

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