Today the Federal Trade Commission announced that the agency is streamlining requirements under the Fur, Textile and Wool Labeling Rules as part of Acting Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausens regulatory reform agenda.

The FTC is updating the Fur, Textile and Wool Rules to implement web-based electronic filings of requests to obtain, update, or cancel registered identification numbers (RN) used on fur, textile and wool product labels. Use of the web-based RN system will streamline the application process for participating businesses and greatly increase the agencys efficiency in delivering RN services to the public.

The FTCs site at RN.FTC.GOV has been updated to allow real-time data validation for applicants and alert them to possible errors to avoid unnecessary delays. Industry members with RN numbers should visit RN.FTC.GOV to verify that their information is accurate. There are currently more than 140,000 entries in the system.

Under the current rules, most clothing and textile and fur products must have a label that identifies the manufacturer or other business responsible for marketing or handling the item. The updated RN system makes it easier for companies to obtain an RN and avoid having to put long company names on labels.

The Commission voted to approve the Federal Register Notice announcing final amendments to the Textile, Wool, and Fur Rules was 2-0. (FTC File No. P074201; the staff contact is Josh Millard, Bureau of Consumer Protection, 202-326-2454)

The Federal Trade Commission works to promote competition, and protect and educate consumers. You can learn more about consumer topics and file a consumer complaint online or by calling 1-877-FTC-HELP (382-4357). Like the FTC on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, read our blogs and subscribe to press releases for the latest FTC news and resources.

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