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Revised Taiwan Care Labelling Standard - CNS 8148: 2014

Textile and apparel products which are imported, manufactured and sold in Taiwan must comply with the labelling requirements authorized under Article 11 of the Commodity Labelling Act. The labelling requirements are regulated under the Labelling Criteria for Textiles and Labelling Criteria for Apparel and Garments.

Providing care instructions is one of the mandatory labelling requirements in Taiwan. Recently, the Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection (BSMI) released the revised national standard CNS 8148.  This standard is meant to protect consumer interests requiring business operators to use the correct methods for clothing maintenance by giving clear washing and cleaning instructions on accurate and comprehensive labels [1].

The requirements of the Taiwanese Standard CNS 8148:2008 are not entirely identical to those under ISO international standards. There are slight differences in the symbols and in the number of symbols required on a label. The Ministry of Economic Affairs made a revision in August 2014 to comprehensively adjust and update the corresponding care label symbols under CNS 8148 to be consistent with the ISO international standard 3758:2012[2]. The revised CNS 8148:2014 standard supersedes the 2008 version. The 2014 version contains 5 basic textile care symbols in the order of washing, bleaching, drying, ironing and professional textile care treatments in dry and wet cleaning (excluding industrial laundering) and also a number of additional symbols. The care instructions must be expressed mainly in terms of symbols. Words maybe used to supplement the symbols in cases where they are needed. Additional written care information may be needed when specific care is not covered by an appropriate care symbol.

In accordance with Article 11 of the Commodity Labelling Act, correct and proper labelling for textile and apparel / garments is required to contain the below information:

  • Name, telephone & address of manufacturer or importer
  • Size or dimension
  • Country of origin
  • Fiber composition
  • Care instructions

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[1] BSMI Press Release

[2] CNS 8148:2014 standard

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