Market Access Requirements Overview

1. Product Safety Requirements

General Product Safety 

Garment suppliers should have or obtain knowledge and are responsible for the compliance of their products with general and the applicable specific requirements of the European legislation. It is the general duty of garment suppliers of consumer goods is to supply products that are safe in normal or reasonably foreseeable use. Safety takes into account factors such as the product's characteristics, instructions and warnings, and the categories of consumers at serious risk when using the product, particularly children.

In addition there is a specific standard regarding the safety clothes intended for children up to the age of 14: EN 14682 Safety of children's clothing - Cords and drawstrings on children's clothing - Specifications - This European Standard specifies requirements for cords and drawstrings on children's clothing, including disguise costumes and ski apparel, up to the age of 14 years. (Buy the full standard – doc

Additional safety requirements for just born, babies and infants’ items:

  • The top of zipper must always be protected by shell fabric to avoid irritation, in all items where the zipper is close near neck area
  • Inside of garment embroidery must always be clean of any threads or interlining, to avoid skin irritation.
  • All buttons and/or accessories must be attached securely to avoid suffocation.
  • All just born, babies and children’s items should have passed needle detection.

2. Restricted substances list (RSL) 

The RSL is intended to inform you on European Regulations restricting the use of chemicals and the amounts of substances permitted in apparel products including accessories attached to garments for example zip fasteners, buttons, etc. 

All our fabrics, accessories, non-tex products and packaging must be free of, or carry limited concentration, of the substances mentioned in the RSL list. This RSL-list you can find as separate attached file, and will be updated frequently.1 

  • Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) 

Within the framework of the European Union REACH Regulation (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) chemicals, substances and articles will be assessed on their risks for health and environmental aspects. This process is managed by ECHA, the European Chemical Agency located in Helsinki, Finland. 

Non-Food products are subject to the European REACH regulation. Annex XVII of REACH replaces Directive 76/769/EEC, the obsolete "Limitations Directive" for dangerous Substances and Preparations, since 1 June 2009.Annex VII lists substances (i.e. cadmium, phthalates, azo-colourants etc.) restricted or banned in products. 

  • Substance of Very High Concern list (SVHC list) 

Regarding the obligation to communicate information regarding SVHCs, the manufacturers have to keep a file of the SVHCs and if necessary (when asked by GARMENT-X) provide all adequate information within 40 calendar days (no working days). 

Manufacturers or importers of products containing more than 0.1% by weight of any Substance of Very High Concern must provide their customers, and consumers on request, with adequate information on the safe use and disposal of the article, including the name of the SVHC(s)concerned. Since 1st of June 2011, manufacturers and importers of articles also have to notify the European Chemicals Agency of the quantities of SVHCs used in their articles. The SVHC list can be found as part of the RSL-list. 

3. Labelling requirements

  • General requirements on care and composition labels

Textile products must be labelled with the fibre composition and using the fibre names in accordance with EU rules.

  • Composition: The aim of this common set All garments, (except socks and stockings) need to have a care and composition label permanently attached to the product. of labelling rules is to ensure that the consumer knows what he is buying. Per EU member country there are specifications on which languages the label needs to be in. For more information on individual country requirements refer to the EU Trade Helpdesk or
  • Additional information on care/composition/contract label: in some cases the label must carry additional information, e.g. a garment with print, garments that can be damaged on the outside or when colours are very dark and need to be washed separately.

Washing symbols: Washing symbols must be mentioned on the care label in the correct order as per Ginetex.