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FTC RIN: 3084-AB28 Publication ID: Spring 2022 
Title: Care Labeling of Textile Apparel and Certain Piece Goods as Amended 

The Care Labeling Rule (or the Rule on Care Labeling of Textile Apparel and Certain Piece Goods as Amended) makes it an unfair or deceptive act or practice for manufacturers and importers of textile wearing apparel and certain piece goods to sell these items without attaching care labels stating "what regular care is needed for the ordinary use of the product." The rule also requires that the manufacturer or importer possess, prior to sale, a reasonable basis for the care instructions, and allows the use of approved care symbols in lieu of words to disclose care instructions.

On July 24, 2013, the Commission announced that it would host a public roundtable on October 1, 2013, to analyze proposed changes to the Care Labeling Rule. 78 FR 45901 (July 30, 2013). On March 28, 2014, the Commission hosted a public roundtable in Washington, DC, that analyzed proposed changes to the Rule. 

On July 23, 2020, the Commission issued a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPRM) that requested comment on the proposal to repeal the Care Labeling Rule. 85 FR 44485. The comment period closed on September 21, 2020.

On July 21, 2021, the Commission voted to retain the Care Labeling Rule to ensure American consumers continue to get accurate information on how to take care of their fabrics and extend the life of their clothes. In a public statement, the Commission also indicated that it will continue to consider ways to improve the Rule to the benefit of families and businesses.

Agency: Federal Trade Commission(FTC)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 16 CFR 423   
Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 41 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  07/13/2011  76 FR 41148   
ANPRM Comment Period Closed  09/06/2011 
NPRM  09/20/2012  77 FR 58338   
NPRM Comment Period Closed  11/16/2012 
Commission Roundtable  03/28/2014 
NPRM and Roundtable Comment Period End  04/11/2014 
Supplemental NPRM  07/23/2020  85 FR 44485   
Supplemental NPRM Comment Period End  09/21/2020 
Next Action Undetermined  06/00/2022 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related RINs: Previously reported as 3084-AA54 
Agency Contact:
Hampton Newsome
Federal Trade Commission
Bureau of Consumer Protection, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20580
Phone:202 326-2889