April 2012 saw a completely revised version of the long established standard: ISO 6330. Edition 3 was published by ISO on the 15th April 2012 and represents more than 10 years of discussion and debate between the stakeholders.
There are new and revised elements throughout the new version from renaming of detergent and ballast types to technical changes in washing programs and new machine types.
What is certain is that this new standard better represents the laundry procedures being used in the home today and fits better with the established care symbols seen on most consumer textiles.
This SafeGuardS is intended to summarise the main changes in the new version:
It should be noted here that the Machine Type references “A1” and “A2” have been exchanged (reversed) which could be a point of confusion to the unwary.
The new standard has already been taken up by the European Commission for Standardisation (CEN) as an EN ISO standard.
The symbols and formats preferred for use in the USA under the ASTM system are also given in the standard as alternatives but at the time of going to press, are not registered under the ISO 7000 system of graphical symbols.
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