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The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is the lead Department for co-ordinating product labelling policy and provides the secretariat for an Interdepartmental Group on Product Labelling.
The Group has produced policy guidelines on the issues to be taken into account when Government support for new product labelling proposals are being considered.
The Department commissioned research to look at the impact of labelling schemes. Available literature was reviewed and conclusions drawn about which characteristics of labels and labelling schemes were effective in terms of meeting their objectives, and which were not. The effective schemes were also assessed on the ways in which they were effective and the reasons for it. The results are contained in this Report and its Annex.
The Footwear (Indication of Composition) Labelling Regulations 1995 implement EC Directive 94/11 on the "approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States relating to labelling of the materials used in the main components of footwear for sale to the consumer". Read our Guidance Note for further information.
We consulted on the Department's proposals for implementing into UK national law Directive 2006/3/EC concerning textile names, and Directive 2006/2/EC concerning textile methods for the quantitative analysis of binary textile fibre mixtures. See our closed consultations page for responses.