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FTC RIN: 3084-AB29 Publication ID: Fall 2013 
Title: Rules and Regulations Under the Wool Products Labeling Act of 1939 
Abstract: As part of the systematic review of all Commission rules, on January 30, 2012, the Commission initiated its periodic review of the Wool Rules by publishing a notice seeking public comments on the effectiveness and impact of the Rules. 77 FR 4498. On September 16, 2013, the Commission announced it was issuing an NPRM proposing changes designed to clarify and update the Rules, to make them more flexible, and to align them with the Commission's proposed amendments to the Textile Rules. 78 FR 57808. The proposed changes include incorporating the Wool Act's new definitions for cashmere and very fine wools, clarifying descriptions of products containing virgin or new wool, and revising the Rules to allow certain hang-tags disclosing fiber trademarks and performance even if they do not disclose the product's full fiber content. The comment period closes on November 25, 2013. The Wool Products Labeling Act of 1939 (Wool Act) requires covered wool products to be marked with (1) the generic names and percentages by weight of the constituent fibers present in the wool product; (2) the name under which the manufacturer or another responsible USA company does business, or in lieu thereof, the registered identification number (RN) of such a company; and (3) the name of the country where the wool product was processed or manufactured. Pursuant to section 6(a) of the Wool Act, "the Commission is authorized and directed to make rules and regulations for the manner and form of disclosing information required by this Act ... and to make such further rules and regulations under and in pursuance of the terms of this Act as may be necessary and proper for administration and enforcement." These implementing rules and regulations are set forth at 16 CFR 300. 
Agency: Federal Trade Commission(FTC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 16 CFR 300   
Legal Authority: 15 USC 68   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  01/30/2012  77 FR 4498   
ANPRM Comment Period Closed  04/26/2012 
NPRM Announced  09/16/2013 
NPRM  09/20/2013  78 FR 57808   
NPRM Comment Period Closes  11/25/2013 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
International Impacts: This regulatory action will be likely to have international trade and investment effects, or otherwise be of international interest.
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related RINs: Previously reported as 3084-AA50 
Agency Contact:
Robert M Frisby
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., CC-9528,
Washington, DC 20580
Phone:202 326-2098