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The Mexican Ministry of Economy has issued a new standard for clothing care labels and symbols – NMX-A-3758-INNTEX-2014 “Textile – Code of Generation of Caring Labels with the Use of Symbols”. The new standard is identical to the international standard ISO 3758:2012 “Textile – Care Labeling Code Using Symbols”.

The new standard uses five basic care symbols for wet and dry cleaning, but excludes industrial laundry techniques. The symbols are ordered washing, bleaching, drying, ironing and professional textile care, and they set out the most severe treatments that can be used on an item of clothing without causing irreversible damage.

In Mexico, textile and garment labels must comply with the correct mandatory standards (NOMs) and/or voluntary standards (NMXs). If the relevant NOM specifies a NMX, this becomes mandatory. In general, all apparel, accessories, textile products and home textiles with more than 50% textile content must comply with the Official Mexican Standard NOM-004-SCFI-2006 for mandatory labeling requirements.

Mexican labeling standards normally require one or more permanent and legible label to be attached to the collar, waist or other visible location. They must show:

  • Commercial brand name
  • Fiber composition in accordance with NMX-A-2076-INNTEX-2013 and NMX-A-6938-INNTEX-2013
  • Size
  • Care and preservation instructions must be indicated using brief and clear legends or the symbols indicated in the NMX-A-3758-INNTEX-2014, or both. Symbols different from those stipulated in the aforementioned standard may be used, only if the legend relating to proper treatment and the care and preservation instructions also appears in Spanish
  • Country of origin
  • Name and address of the manufacturer / importer with a voluntary mention of the RFC (federal taxpayers register) number (This information must be included on the permanent label, a temporary label or the product’s closed packaging*)

*Note: For closed packaging, all information pertaining to NOM-004-SCFI-2006 must be permanently labelled on the product and with a temporary label on the packaging.

The new standard will supersede NMX-A-240-INNTEX-2009, which will become obsolete. It was issued through the General Directorate of Standards, part of the Ministry of Economy, on August 16, 2017, following preparation and approval by the National Organization for Standardization (Instituto Nacional de Normalización Textil, A.C. (INNTEX). It became effective on October 15, 2017.

Stakeholders are advised to now check their products are still compliant with the new requirements for textile labeling in Mexico.

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