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Labelling of footwear
The labelling of footwear and its components helps to give consumers greater choice, protect the industry and enhance the operation of the internal market.
Directive 94/11/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 March 1994 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 [See amending acts].
The provisions concerning labelling apply to the materials used in footwear, including parts sold separately.
For each pair, at least one of the footwear items (defined and illustrated in the Directive) must bear information relating to the upper, the lining and insole sock, and the outer-sole of the footwear article. The information may be conveyed by means of approved pictograms or textual information, as defined and illustrated in the Annex to the Directive, and must relate to the material which constitutes at least 80 % of the surface area of the upper, the lining and insole sock of the footwear article, and at least 80 % of the volume of the outer-sole. However, if no single material accounts for at least 80 %, information must be given concerning the two main materials in the composition of the article.
Given that the aim of the above measures is to provide information, the label must be legible, durable and accessible, and the manufacturer or his authorised agent established in the Community is responsible for supplying the label and for the accuracy of the information contained on it. Only the information provided for in the Directive has to be supplied, but there is nothing to prevent additional information being given on the label.
|Act||Entry into force - Date of expiry||Deadline for transposition in the Member States||Official Journal|
|Directive 94/11/EC||09.05.1994||23.09.1995||OJ L 100 of 19.04.1994|
|Amending act(s)||Entry into force||Deadline for transposition in the Member States||Official Journal|
|Directive 2006/96/EC||01.01.2007||01.01.2007||OJ L 363 of 20.12.2006|