Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Melamine is a Textile Fiber?

Answer is Yes.

Additional textile fibre name to be added to the list allowed under 2008/121/EC – 2 new Directives and a Proposed Regulation.

Melamine fiber is defined as:
Fibre formed of at least 85% by mass of cross-linked macromolecules made up of
melamine derivatives.

The European Commission has added this new textile fibre name to the list of 47 permitted generic names that may be used in textile product labelling.

• Commission Directive 2009/121/EC of 14 September, 2009, adds the name “Melamine” to the list as item 48 in Annex I and V of the Directive 2008/121/EC.
• A second new Directive 2009/122/EC (14 September, 2009) amends Chapter II of Annex 2 of Directive 96/73/EC to show a new test method (Method 16) for the separation of melamine fibres from cotton and aramid fibres using hot formic acid.

Member states shall bring in to force the laws, regulations and administrative provisions necessary to comply with this directive by 15 September, 2010.

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