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Recently, the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) has revised the standard for care symbols for textile products “ASTM D5489 - 18 - The Standard Guide for Care Symbols for Care Instructions on Textile Products”1.
The new standard includes an explanation on the specific scope of use of symbols for U.S. market. As per the FTC Care Labelling Rule (16 CFR 423)2, textile apparel shall have a written care instruction. The FTC also permits to use care symbols instead of written care instruction, however, in that case, ASTM D5489-96c version of symbols must be used.
The revised standard, ASTM D5489-18, clarifies that, the symbols, as included in this new version may be used provided symbols are used in addition to full care instructions written in English wording.
The new standard also clarifies that the professional wet clean symbol may only be used when another full care instruction is included, such as when dry-cleaning or machine washing/drying symbols are present.
Key highlights on differences between ASTM D5489-96c and ASTM D5489-18:
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