REACh in the textiles industry

Italy is the main European manufacturer of textile products, followed by Germany, United Kingdom, France and Spain. The United States is the second largest global supplier of textile product, after China. The textile industry represents a distinctive aspect of the Italian and Chinese culture, and for several centuries characterises trade relationships between these two countries.

The REACh regulation, in force since June 1st 2007, is a further step towards the protection of the consumer’s health and environmental protection, making the registration of chemical substances mandatory, and restricting the professional use to only those chemical substances which have been registered. This obligation has also a significant implication on the importation of chemicals, including, for example, textiles polymers, and on articles or article components.

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