The World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) has launched an online database that will provide subscribers with global information on product labelling requirements for the sports and fitness industry, in addition to other sectors.

In partnership with the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), the WFSGI Compliance Labeling Requirements (CLR) Database was launched as a pilot in July but has been made fully available today (8 October).

The online tool provides up-to-date global compliance intelligence on labelling requirements ensuring companies avoid potential costly re-work, stop ships and product recalls, which ultimately results in lost revenue and brand damage.

"We are very pleased to launch the WFSGI Compliance Labelling Requirements (CLR) Database after a successful pilot period," Robbert de Kock, CEO and president WFSGI. "This new WFSGI service will help companies to navigate through a blurry jungle of worldwide labelling information and avoid the expenditure of considerable time, energy and cost. We wish to express our special thanks to Compliance & Risks who developed this remarkable, innovative and promising content and online platform, which will substantially facilitate our member companies' daily business life."

The database covers product categories such as apparel and textiles, footwear, consumer electronics (wearables), personal protective equipment, sporting equipment and bikes (including e-bikes). Users can search and report on up-to-date requirements by country, as well as receiving alerts of future regulatory changes, free access to subject matter experts, and easy reporting.

Companies already using the platform include Asics, BMC Switzerland, Canyon Bicycles, Columbia Sportswear, IIC-Intersport International Corporation, New Balance Athletics, Nike, Pentland Brands, Under Armour and VF Corporation.