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Vietnam Releases New Regulations for Formaldehyde and Azo Dyes in Textiles

The Vietnam Ministry of Industry and Trade recently premiered a new regulation that calls for specific requirements on the permitted amount of formaldehyde and azo dyes in textile products manufactured, imported and traded in the country.

The new circular will replace circular No. 32/2009/TT-BCT from Nov. 5, 2009 and will be effective beginning February 2016.

The previous circular temporarily provided the regulated acceptable limits for the content of formaldehyde and aromatic amines, which can be released from azo dyes in reduction conditions in textile and apparel items.

While the new circular states the same permitted limits of formaldehyde and azo dyes content in textile products, it further specifies requirements on sampling methods, referring to updated international test method standards and gives relevant quality management requirements.

Textile products that fall within the restricted category are listed in Annex 1 of the new circular.

These restrictions do not apply to untreated yarn, untreated fabric, fabrics imported for processing export products, textile products in transit or stored in custom’s warehouses, textile products temporarily imported for re-export and types of products made from textile materials used in industrial production.

All textile products imported, distributed and marketed in Vietnam are required to provide a certificate issued by an accredited testing laboratory to ensure they are in compliance with the regulation.