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AS/NZS 2392:1999

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Australian/New Zealand Standard


TextilesLabelling of clothing,
household textiles and furnishings

AS/NZS 2392:1999
This Joint Australian/New Zealand Standard was prepared by Joint Technical
Committee CS/4, Labelling of Textiles. It was approved on behalf of the Council of
Standards Australia on 1 June 1999 and on behalf of the Council of Standards
New Zealand on 24 May 1999. It was published on 5 July 1999.

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The following interests are represented on Committee CS/4:


Apparel & Textile Federation of New Zealand
Apparel Importers Association of Australia
Australian Chemical Specialties Manufacturers Association
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
Australian Retailers Association
Australian Wool Processors Council
Australian Wool Research and Promotion Organisation
AWTA Textile Testing, Australia
Council of Textile and Fashion Industries of Australia
Department of Fair Trading, N.S.W. Consumer Protection Agency
Drycleaning Institute of Australia
Ministry of Consumer Affairs, New Zealand
National Furnishing Industry Association of Australia
New South Wales TAFE Commission
New Zealand Furniture Manufacturers Federation
Office of Consumer Affairs, Qld
Queensland University of Technology
Research Institute Textile Services, New Zealand
RMIT Textiles
Soft Furnishings Industry Association of Australia
Textile Distributors Association, Australia
Textile Rental & Laundry Association, Australia
The Treasury, Consumer Affairs Division
Additional interests participating in preparation of Standard:
Office of Fair Trading and Business Affairs, Vic.
Label manufacturer
Fabric and wallcovering manufacturer

Review of Standards. To keep abreast of progress in industry, Joint Australian/


New Zealand Standards are subject to periodic review and are kept up to date by the
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taken.

This Standard was issued in draft form for comment as DR 97544.

AS/NZS 2392:1999

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Australian/New Zealand Standard


TextilesLabelling of clothing,
household textiles and furnishings

Originated as AS 2392 1980.


Previous edition 1990.
Jointly revised and designated AS/NZS 2392:1999.

Published jointly by:


Standards Australia
1 The Crescent,
Homebush NSW 2140 Australia
Standards New Zealand
Level 10, Radio New Zealand House,
155 The Terrace,
Wellington 6001 New Zealand
ISBN 0 7337 2791 3

AS/NZS 2392:1999

PREFACE
This Standard has been prepared by the Joint Standards Australia/Standards New Zealand
Committee CS/4, Labelling of Textiles to supersede AS 2392 1990, Labelling of
clothing, household textiles and furnishings.
The first edition, AS 2392 1980, was prepared at the request of clothing manufacturers,
retailers and consumers who realized the need for a labelling Standard to ensure that
labelling requirements for textile articles, covering brand, size, care, fibre content, country
of origin and fire hazard category, are feasible and do not conflict.

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The Standard is applicable to clothing, household textiles and furnishings whether of


textile or plastics, plastics-coated fabric or suede or grain leathers or furs. Labelling of
carpets and floor rugs is dealt with in AS 2914, Textile floor coverings Informative
labelling, and therefore they do not come within the scope of this Standard.
The Standard specifies requirements for permanent labelling of textile products only.
Therefore, labelling information on textile or plastics, plastics-coated fabric or suede or
grain leathers or fur items which may be excluded from the permanent labelling
requirements of AS/NZS 1957, Textiles Care labelling and which are normally stated on
the package, are not included within the scope of this Standard.
The major change made to this edition of the Standard is the removal of the system of
classifying information as primary or secondary.
The term normative has been used in this Standard to define the application of the
appendix to which it applies. A normative appendix is an integral part of a Standard.

Copyright

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AS/NZS 2392:1999

CONTENTS
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POSITIONS FOR LABELS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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APPLICATION . . . . . . . . . . . .
OBJECTIVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
REFERENCED DOCUMENTS .
DEFINITIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . .
LABELLING REQUIREMENTS

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APPENDIX A

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AS/NZS 2392:1999

FOREWORD

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Clearly visible, accessible, prominent or conspicuous are terms used in some


labelling Standards. All these terms will be complied with, if a label is located at the
specified preferred position according to this Standard. In this edition of the Standard,
the Committee decided that as far as possible all labels on any article should be located at
the positions detailed in Appendix A.
To some extent, care, fibre content, country of origin, fire hazard warnings, brand and
size are required to be included on textile products. In some instances this information is
required by laws in both Australia and New Zealand. The Committee believes that all of
this information was important to users/carers of textile products and consequently a
system of classifying information as primary or secondary no longer made sense.
Consumer representatives maintained that the brand name, size and care instructions are
the pieces of information the consumer generally seeks when making a purchase.
Consequently fibre content and care labelling form a logical grouping, as do brand, size
and country of origin. A Warning of any kind (including Fire Hazard Warnings) must be
as conspicuous as possible on the label, as well as in its position on the garment.
It may be possible to include all the information on one label, however some garments
may need to carry up to six different pieces of information: fire hazard, brand, size, fibre
content, care instructions and country of origin. This makes it difficult to fit all
information on one label. To assist manufacturers in designing labels, the necessary
labelling information can be placed on another label in the preferred position or labels
either beside, below or alternatively on the reverse side of the main information label
(normally this contains the brand, size and country of origin however this is not
specified). In a case where it is technically or aesthetically difficult to place a label here,
it may be placed in an alternative position.
Hazard warning statements will not be acceptable on the reverse of any label.
In this edition of the Standard, fire hazard labelling on childrens nightclothes is the only
specified information requiring prominence, as childrens night clothes must be clearly
and conspicuously labelled with the fire hazard information category by law. Specific
requirements for label clarity, content and other necessary information to be supplied in
conjunction with it can be found in AS/NZS 1249, Childrens nightwear and limited
daywear having reduced fire hazard.
Information given either on the obverse side of a single label or on the uppermost label of
multiple labels must include at least fire hazard labelling (when applicable) and size
information.
The Standard has been developed on the basis that the Committee believed that all
information should be accessible to the purchaser without unreasonable effort at the point
of purchase. When articles are packaged, displayed or folded such that the information is
not accessible, the size, care instructions and any warning must be given additionally on a
swing ticket, adhesive label or pamphlet accompanying the article. The information on
articles sold in packages that may be opened and reclosed and still be fit for display is
deemed to be accessible.

AS/NZS 2392:1999

STANDARDS AUSTRALIA / STANDARDS NEW ZEALAND


Australian / New Zealand Standard
TextilesLabelling of clothing, household textiles and furnishings
1 SCOPE This Standard sets out methods for the permanent labelling of clothing,
household textiles and furnishings with the brand name, size or dimensions, care
instructions, fibre content and country of origin.
NOTE: Refer to AS/NZS 1249 for fire hazard information labelling of childrens nightwear.

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2 APPLICATION The Standard is applicable to all types of clothing, household


textiles and furnishings, whether of textile, plastic, plastic-coated fabric, suede, grain
leather or fur.
3 OBJECTIVE The objective of this Standard is to provide manufacturers and
consumers with information on positioning of label(s) on a textile product containing
information related to size, care treatment, brand, fibre content and country of origin. For
commercial purposes this is to be used in conjunction with the relevant Standards
detailing the information required on the label and existing textile labelling legislation in
order to ensure the correct labelling of textile articles.
4

REFERENCED DOCUMENTS

AS
1182

Size coding scheme for infants and childrens clothing Underwear and
outerwear

1344* Size coding scheme


foundation garments
2914

for

womens

clothing Underwear,

outerwear

and

Textile floor coverings Informative labelling

AS/NZS
1249 Childrens nightwear and limited daywear having reduced fire hazard
1957

Textiles Care labelling

2622

Textile products Fibre content labelling

DEFINITIONS

For the purpose of this Standard, the definitions below apply.

5.1 Fire hazard information label a label which classifies the fire hazard risk of
childrens nightwear and some daywear garments in accordance with AS/NZS 1249.
5.2 Permanent label a label which will withstand the cleaning treatment given for the
article to which it is attached and which will remain legible and attached to the article
throughout its useful life.

* The Standard, AS 1954 1976, Size designation scheme for mens clothing, was withdrawn in July 1998. If
an anthropometric survey is conducted, it will allow an up-to-date Standard to be published. In the
meantime, information on the content of the above withdrawn Standard can be obtained from Standards
Australia.
COPYRIGHT

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