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Vietnam reinstitutes cumbersome regulations in the textile industry

On 23 October 2017, the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) issued Circular No. 21/2017/TT-BCT (Circular 21) on promulgating National Technical Regulations on the content of formaldehyde and certain aromatic amines derived from azo colorants in textile products. Circular 21 comes into force on 1 May 2018 and reestablishes technical measures to control the residues of formaldehyde and aromatic amines in textiles and apparels, as previously promulgated in Circular No. 37/2015/TT-BCT (Circular 37).

Circular 37 was met with widespread criticism for creating unnecessary, expensive and time-consuming obstacles for textile and garment manufacturers which significantly hampered business operations. Due to its complexities, it was terminated on 26 November 2016. Circular 21 effectively serves to replace Circular 37.

In this alert we highlight the key points of Circular 21 which may significantly impact the textile industry.

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