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Regulatory Trends In Apparel – A 12-18 Month Outlook

Dec 21, 2022 Regulatory Trends In Apparel – A 12-18 Month Outlook

The regulatory landscape in the world of Apparel is complex and continually shifting.

Age-old concerns surrounding labelling, chemicals and safety are being added to with burgeoning regulation in areas concerning extended producer responsibility (EPR) and environmental, social and governance (ESG).

Unfolding restrictions on substances such as PFAS, PIP 3:1 and organohalogen flame retardants, in tandem with the advances in sustainable product regulations, a key priority for the EU, and measures to tackle counterfeit goods means that this is a dynamic area of regulatory growth, placing an unprecedented burden.

Figure 1 shows this growth has reached unprecedented levels with 56% increase in regulations for Apparel since 2015 with 3,758 Regulations in place.

Global Regulatory Trends for Fashion, Apparel, Luxury & Sporting Goods since 2015. Source C2P by Compliance & Risks

(Source: C2P by Compliance & Risks)

Hot Topics

Here’s a bird’s-eye view of key regulatory trends and issues you need to be aware of to get your product on the market and keep it there:

Sustainable Products In The Limelight

Never before has the need to protect our environment been more to the forefront of the world’s consciousness.

Regulators are fast responding enacting measures focused on minimising the environmental impacts of products.

The net result is even more regulation to contend with. 

As recently noted by the EU Commission “Products use up massive amounts of materials, energy and other resources and cause significant environmental impacts throughout their lifecycle, from the extraction of raw materials, to manufacture, transport, use and end of life. Half of global greenhouse gases and 90% of biodiversity loss are caused by extracting and processing primary raw materials.” 

Regulatory Density For Fashion, Apparel, Luxury & Sporting Goods Around The World

Regulatory Density for Fashion, Apparel, Luxury & Sporting Goods around the world. Source C2P by Compliance & Risks

(Source: C2P by Compliance & Risks)

Top Trending Regulations

Listed below are the key regulations that will be impacting your business over the next 12-18 months:

  • EU: Strategy for Sustainable and Circular Textiles, Communication, March 2022
  • California (USA): Prohibition of Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in Textiles, Assembly Bill 1817, February 2022
  • France: Triman and Sorting Info for Clothing, Household Linens and Footwear, Guidance Document, February 2022
  • Rhode Island (USA): Comprehensive PFAS Ban, House Bill 7436, 2022
  • France: Adaptation of Various Provisions on Extended Producer Responsibility, Decree No. 2021-1904
  • Washington (USA): Processes for Regulation of Priority Chemicals in Consumer Products, House Bill 1694, 2022
  • RAL: Basic Criteria for Blue Angel Eco-label for Footwear and Insoles, Standard, DE-UZ 155, 2018
  • Thailand: Establishment of Industrial Standard TIS 3288 on Leather Footwear for Men, Announcement No. 6415, 2022
  • Saudi Arabia: Technical Regulation on Leather Products, Guidance Document, 2022
  • Macedonia: Management of Textiles, Tyres, Oils and Vehicles under Extended Producer Responsibility, Law, September 2021
  • Portugal: Leather Authenticity, Decree-Law No. 3/2022
  • EU: Microplastics from Textiles: towards a Circular Economy for Textiles in Europe, Briefing, February 2022
  • UK: Labelling of Textiles, Guidance Document, February 2021
  • EU: Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), Regulation (EC) 1907/2006
  • Brazil: Reverse Logistics System for Textile Wastes, Bill No. 270, 2022
  • China: Technical Safety Specifications for Children’s Footwear, Draft Standard GB XXXX-XXXX, April 2021
  • New York (USA): Textile Act, Assembly Bill A9649, March 2022
  • Mexico: Commercial Information for Labelling of Textile Products, Garments and Household Linen, Standard NOM-004-SE-2021

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