The EU already requires that footwear and textile products clearly indicate what material the item is made of, and now the Finnish government proposes to Parliament legislation based on the EU Market Surveillance Regulation, which would specify companies’ obligations related to the labeling of materials.
The proposed law also enables the Finnish Safety and Chemicals Agency Tukes to impose penalty payments for incorrect or deficient labeling.
Manufacturers, importers and marketers of footwear and textiles sold in the EU must ensure that all products bear a label indicating the material the product is made of.
In Finland, the labels must be in both Finnish and Swedish. Requiring labels of materials is not new, but penalty payments due to incorrect or deficient labels have not been possible before.
A key objective of the reform, according to the government, is to improve consumer protection. It is due to come into effect as of the beginning of 2022.