Consumer Information Standards (Fibre Content Labelling) Regulations 2000

Reprint
as at 18 August 2000

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Consumer Information Standards (Fibre Content Labelling) Regulations 2000

(SR 2000/154)

Michael Hardie Boys, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 14th day of August 2000

Present:
His Excellency the Governor-General in Council


Note

Changes authorised by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 have been made in this reprint.

A general outline of these changes is set out in the notes at the end of this reprint, together with other explanatory material about this reprint.

These regulations are administered by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs.


Pursuant to section 27(2) of the Fair Trading Act 1986, His Excellency the Governor-General, acting on the advice and with the consent of the Executive Council and on the recommendation of the Minister of Consumer Affairs, makes the following regulations.

Regulations

1 Title
  • These regulations are the Consumer Information Standards (Fibre Content Labelling) Regulations 2000.

2 Commencement
  • These regulations come into force on 1 October 2000.

3 Application
  • These regulations apply to the goods described in Part 1 of Schedule 1, but not to the goods described in Part 2 of that schedule.

4 Consumer information standard for fibre content labelling of textile goods
  • Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 2622:1996 Textile products—Fibre content labelling (with the variations set out in Schedule 2) is a consumer information standard for the goods to which these regulations apply for the purposes of section 27(2) of the Fair Trading Act 1986.

5 Revocation
  • The Consumer Information Standards (Fibre Content Labelling) Regulations 1992 (SR 1992/89) are revoked on the close of 1 October 2001.

6 Transitional provision
  • Until the Consumer Information Standards (Fibre Content Labelling) Regulations 1992 are revoked,—

    • (a) a person must comply with either the Consumer Information Standards (Fibre Content Labelling) Regulations 1992 or these regulations; and

    • (b) compliance with either set of regulations is compliance with the other set of regulations.


Schedule 1
Application

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Part 1
Goods to which regulations apply

Textile goods

Goods made from natural or synthetic textiles by spinning, weaving, knitting, felting, bonding, tufting, or similar process.

Part 2
Goods to which regulations do not apply

Goods made from customer's fabrics

Goods made according to a customer's order from fabric—

  • (a) supplied by the customer; or

  • (b) selected by the customer from a range of fabrics offered, by way of samples or any other means, by a retailer.

Men's, women's, children's, and infants' wear

Armbands, belts, braces, collars, corsets, garters, suspenders, handkerchiefs, and hats.

Footwear

Footwear (except hosiery) and textile materials used in the manufacture of footwear.

Household drapery

Butter muslin, centres, cleaning cloths, dish cloths, doilies, duchess sets, dusters, floor cloths, gauze, mosquito netting and covers made from mosquito netting, pressing cloths, runners, serviettes, ticking, and tray cloths.

Haberdashery

All haberdashery except elastic, elastic threads, ribbons, zips, iron-on binding patches or trim, sewing thread, velcro type fasteners, and curtain making kits.

Furnishings and furniture

Awnings, backing materials for carpets, coir mats, cushion covers manufactured from remnants and labelled by the manufacturer with the following disclaimer: cushion cover manufactured from remnants, fibre content unknown, draught excluders, lampshades, matting, oil baize, paper felt used for underlinings, tapestries, underfelt, upholstered furniture frame and furniture mechanism covers or linings (such as may be found on the bottom or back of some upholstered furniture) except upholstery fabric covers for the major surfaces of upholstered furniture, wall hangings, and window blinds.

Jute products

All jute products.

Medical and surgical goods

Goods intended for medical and surgical use as bandages, dressings, sanitary pads, and materials forming part of manufactured medical and surgical goods.

Canvas goods

Beach umbrella coverings, canvas, deckchair covers, duck, garden umbrella coverings, and sail cloth.

Industrial cloth

Bookbinding cloth, filter cloth, mop cloth, printers' and signwriters' cloth, sweat rags, ticket buckram, and undertakers' cloth.

Miscellaneous goods

Artificial flowers, bags and cases (including briefcases, handbags, purses, school bags, sports bags, travel bags, wallets, and wash bags), basket hangers, cords, firemen's hoses, flags, flex coverings, garden gloves, garden hoses, goods intended for one-time use only, lashings, mops, ornaments, parasols, polypropylene webbing and covers for furniture, ribbons forming part of manufactured articles, shoe holders, shoelaces, sporting goods (except apparel) used for the purposes of sport, toys, twine, umbrellas, and woven labels.

Secondhand goods

All secondhand goods.

Schedule 2
Variations to Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 2622:1996 Textile products—Fibre content labelling

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Clause 2

Omit.

Clause 8.2.1

Omit paragraph (a) and substitute:

  • (a) General Except if exempted under paragraph (aa), the fibre content of a made-up product must be stated on a permanent label attached to the product.

    The permanent label must be accessible for examination by a prospective purchaser.

    If the permanent label is not accessible because of the way in which the product is packaged, displayed, or folded, the fibre content must be stated also in 1 of the following ways:

    • (i) on a removable ticket or label attached to the product; or

    • (ii) on a pamphlet accompanying the product; or

    • (iii) on a wrapper or package in which the product is sold.

    The wording as to the fibre content on any label, ticket, pamphlet, wrapper or package must be in English, be clearly legible, and be of medium width lettering of which no individual letter may be less than 1.5 mm high (see Notes).

    NOTES:

    • 1 AS 2392 provides guidance on the positioning of labels.

    • 2 Medium width means the width which the manufacturer (of the type) puts forward under the name of the family (ie, the group of typefaces that are derived from 1 basic design) as representing the design in that normal width from which variants in the family have been or may be derived.

  • (aa) Exemption from permanent label requirements The fibre content of a made-up product described in paragraph (ab) does not have to be stated on a permanent label attached to the product, but must be stated in 1 of the following ways:

    • (i) on a removable ticket or label attached to the product; or

    • (ii) on a pamphlet accompanying the product; or

    • (iii) on a wrapper or package in which the product is sold.

  • (ab) Made-up products exempted from permanent label requirements:

    • (i) men's and boys' wear: gloves, mittens, all types of hosiery, washable incontinence garments, and reversible jackets:

    • (ii) women's and girls' wear: neckwear, gloves, mittens, all types of hosiery, washable incontinence garments, reversible jackets, and shawls:

    • (iii) baby wear: gloves, mittens, bibs, washable fitted nappies, squares of flannelette, terry towelling or muslin, and baby pilchers:

    • (iv) household drapery: face washers; tablecloths; oven cloths; bath mats; shower curtains; place mats; pot holders; finger tips; appliance covers for teapots, toasters, and similar articles; towels; and towelling:

    • (v) haberdashery: elastic, elastic threads, ribbons, zips, iron-on binding patches or trim, sewing thread, velcro type fasteners, and curtain making kits.

Marie Shroff,
Clerk of the Executive Council.


Explanatory Note

This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.

These regulations, which come into force on 1 October 2000, replace the Consumer Information Standards (Fibre Content Labelling) Regulations 1992. The regulations declare the Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 2622:1996 Textile products—Fibre content labelling, with certain variations, to be a consumer information standard for textile goods for the purposes of section 27 of the Fair Trading Act 1986.

The standard specifies requirements for fibre content labelling of textile goods. These regulations exclude certain textile goods from the application of the standard.

It is an offence under section 40 of the Fair Trading Act 1986 for a person to supply, or offer to supply, or advertise to supply goods to which a consumer information standard relates unless the person complies with the consumer information standard. In addition, the Act provides for the granting of injunctions and specifies other remedies that may be obtained against persons who contravene Part 2 of the Act.

The Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 2622:1996 Textile products—Fibre content labelling supercedes the previous standard AS 2622—1987 Textile products—Fibre content labelling prescribed by the previous regulations. There is a transitional period until 1 October 2001, during which either standard may be complied with.

The main changes from the previous standard are as follows:

  • the ability for products described as pure wool, all wool, or any similar term to contain up to 20% of certain other animal fibres has been removed:

  • there are new tolerances for technical and decorative effect in labelling:

  • labelling requirements for products containing reclaimed fibre have been added.


Issued under the authority of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989.

Date of notification in Gazette: 17 August 2000.


Contents

  • 1General

  • 2Status of reprints

  • 3How reprints are prepared

  • 4Changes made under section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989

  • 5List of amendments incorporated in this reprint (most recent first)


Notes
1 General
  • This is a reprint of the Consumer Information Standards (Fibre Content Labelling) Regulations 2000. The reprint incorporates all the amendments to the regulations as at 18 August 2000, as specified in the list of amendments at the end of these notes.

    Relevant provisions of any amending enactments that have yet to come into force or that contain relevant transitional or savings provisions are also included, after the principal enactment, in chronological order.

2 Status of reprints
  • Under section 16D of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989, reprints are presumed to correctly state, as at the date of the reprint, the law enacted by the principal enactment and by the amendments to that enactment. This presumption applies even though editorial changes authorised by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 have been made in the reprint.

    This presumption may be rebutted by producing the official volumes of statutes or statutory regulations in which the principal enactment and its amendments are contained.

3 How reprints are prepared
  • A number of editorial conventions are followed in the preparation of reprints. For example, the enacting words are not included in Acts, and provisions that are repealed or revoked are omitted. For a detailed list of the editorial conventions, see http://www.pco.parliament.govt.nz/editorial-conventions/ or Part 8 of the Tables of New Zealand Acts and Ordinances and Statutory Regulations and Deemed Regulations in Force.

4 Changes made under section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989
  • Section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 authorises the making of editorial changes in a reprint as set out in sections 17D and 17E of that Act so that, to the extent permitted, the format and style of the reprinted enactment is consistent with current legislative drafting practice. Changes that would alter the effect of the legislation are not permitted.

    A new format of legislation was introduced on 1 January 2000. Changes to legislative drafting style have also been made since 1997, and are ongoing. To the extent permitted by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989, all legislation reprinted after 1 January 2000 is in the new format for legislation and reflects current drafting practice at the time of the reprint.

    In outline, the editorial changes made in reprints under the authority of section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 are set out below, and they have been applied, where relevant, in the preparation of this reprint:

    • omission of unnecessary referential words (such as of this section and of this Act)

    • typeface and type size (Times Roman, generally in 11.5 point)

    • layout of provisions, including:

      • indentation

      • position of section headings (eg, the number and heading now appear above the section)

    • format of definitions (eg, the defined term now appears in bold type, without quotation marks)

    • format of dates (eg, a date formerly expressed as the 1st day of January 1999 is now expressed as 1 January 1999)

    • position of the date of assent (it now appears on the front page of each Act)

    • punctuation (eg, colons are not used after definitions)

    • Parts numbered with roman numerals are replaced with arabic numerals, and all cross-references are changed accordingly

    • case and appearance of letters and words, including:

      • format of headings (eg, headings where each word formerly appeared with an initial capital letter followed by small capital letters are amended so that the heading appears in bold, with only the first word (and any proper nouns) appearing with an initial capital letter)

      • small capital letters in section and subsection references are now capital letters

    • schedules are renumbered (eg, Schedule 1 replaces First Schedule), and all cross-references are changed accordingly

    • running heads (the information that appears at the top of each page)

    • format of two-column schedules of consequential amendments, and schedules of repeals (eg, they are rearranged into alphabetical order, rather than chronological).

5 List of amendments incorporated in this reprint (most recent first)