EURATEX has officially kicked off ‘The REACH4texiles’ project that aims at exploring solutions for fair and effective market surveillance on textile products.
The project pools together the key actors to address three objectives – Keep non-compliant products away from the single market; skills and knowledge; and support a network addressing chemicals in textiles and applying the EU regulation 2019/1020.
It’s worth noting here that, every year about 28 billion of garments circulate across Europe, 80 per cent of which are imported from outside the EU and its jurisdiction.
When it comes to textiles, the broad range of products, the large set of REACH subjected chemicals used in textiles as well as industrial strategies like fast fashion make this a challenging task.
According to EURATEX, such huge volumes pose enormous challenges for market surveillance authorities, which are called to ensure that non-compliant dangerous products are kept away from the EU citizens.
“Evidence suggests that the advanced regulatory framework is not completed with an equally advanced or effective EU-wide control system capable of ensuring compliance, especially in the case of imported products,” commented EURATEX.
The 2-year-project will share best practices, identify efficient approaches against non-compliant products, offer training and support for a more effective surveillance and for level playing field.
The project welcomes collaboration with concerned authorities across the EU Member States.
Supported by the European Commission DG Growth, the project team is coordinated by the Belgian test and research center Centexbel and include the European Textiles and Apparel industry confederation, EURATEX, the German national textile and fashion association Textile und Mode, T+m, the Italian association Tessile e Salute. Several other European industry associations and national authorities are welcomed to become involved through the project activities.