Relevant for: Softlines
On 15 September 20171, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) amends the Fur Rules (16 CFR 301), Textile Rules (16 CFR 303) and Wool Rules (16 CFR 300) to implement web-based electronic filings of requests to obtain, update, or cancel registered identification numbers (RN) via FTC’s site at rn.ftc.gov.
The amended Rules are effective from 19 October 2017.2
The FTC requires most of the fur, textile and wool products have a label identifying the manufacturer or other business responsible for marketing or handling the item. To comply with this requirement a manufacturer or other business responsible residing in the United States may apply for an RN to display on product labels in lieu of their full name, which also occupy less space in the label.
In the past, to obtain or update an RN, one had to submit an application in paper form to the FTC and in more recent years transmit the information requested on that form by electronic means. The FTC receives thousands of new RN applications every year in various formats, thus complicating and slowing the review process.
Use of the new web-based RN system will streamline the application process for participating businesses and greatly increase the agency’s efficiency in delivering RN services to the public. The FTC’s site at rn.ftc.gov allows real-time data validation for applicants and alert them to possible errors to avoid unnecessary delays.