Clothing and footwear

Businesses are obliged to comply with the labeling requirements for clothing and footwear. Additional attention must be paid to safety requirements for children's clothing.


On the labeling of clothing and textile products:

The labeling of clothing and textile products offered or sold to consumers under the general requirements must include at least:

  1. The name of the product, where the absence of such representation is likely to mislead the consumer;
  2. If the information is not given, the product may be misleading;
  3. The fiber composition of the product (except for garments made of fur and leather);
  4. Instructions for care of the product (care labeling).

In the case of fur and leather garments, in addition to the above, the type of material (natural leather, artificial leather, natural fur, artificial fur) and, in the case of natural fur, the kind of animal shall be indicated on the product or displayed at the point of sale.

The size of a garment may be indicated by numerical values of the size code (body measurements in centimeters) or other combinations of letters, numbers, or letters and numbers (e.g., XL, 46). In the case of an asterisk, numerical or alphanumerical designation, a table of the numerical values of the corresponding size measurements or a pictogram on the garment must be visible to you in the shop.

When labeling the fiber composition of products, the requirements of Regulation (EU) No 1007/2011 of the European Parliament and the Council must be complied with, among other things, that only the textile fiber names listed in Annex I to that Regulation are used to describe the fiber composition on the labeling and marking of the textile product.

The labeling of garments (other than leather garments) and other textile products must include verbal instructions or graphic symbols necessary for textile products' care. The textile product's care marking shall be affixed directly to the product or a textile tape permanently attached to the product. Also, the product care labeling may be affixed to the label attached to the product or the product's sales packaging. 

The seller must be prepared to provide, at the request of the consumer, additional information, either orally or in writing, on the characteristics of the garments and textile products sold, the meaning of the indications used, the size marking, the fiber composition marking, the care marking, etc. The seller must provide this information.

The manufacturer or his authorized representative shall be responsible for the existence of the labeling and the accuracy of the information contained therein. Importers and wholesalers of clothing and textile products must ensure that the products they offer and sell are labeled following the requirements.

Children's clothing

Safety requirements are set for children's clothing for children up to the age of 14.

On the safety of children's clothing:

  • standard EVS-EN 14682 "Safety of children's clothing. Safety requirements for children's clothing: "Safety requirements for children's clothing." Specifications."

The safety requirements for children's clothing aim to minimize the risk of accidental entanglement in cords and drawstrings on children's clothing.

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The safety requirements for children's clothing require that:

  • children up to the age of seven years (up to 1.34 m) must not have hoods or collars with laces or strings;

  • for children aged 7 to 14 years, the hood and collar fastenings must not be elasticated, must not be longer than 7,5 cm and must be permanently fastened, and there must be no loose-fitting strings on the hoods and collars;

  • the length of the free ends of cords and laces in the waist and chest area must not exceed 14 centimeters;

  • garments with a ribbon running down the back of the neck must not have loose ends in the neck area;

  • the length of the free ends of a wider belt intended to be fastened behind the back must not exceed 36 centimeters, and ribbons and cords coming out of the back of the garment or fastened at the back are not permitted;

  • cords and ribbons must not extend below the lower edge of the sleeve and garment;

  • drawstrings or cords at the bottom of long trousers must be completely inside the garment;

  • shoulder straps are allowed if they are designed as an extension of the garment or are sewn to the front and back of the garment, and the free ends of the straps attached to them must not exceed 75 mm;

  • functional or decorative ribbons and strings coming out of or tying at the back of garments are not allowed. A belt is allowed.

In the case of clothing for young children (under three years old), it should be noted that small parts (decorations, pebbles, pearls, buttons, etc.) attached to the garment must not come off easily, as there is a risk of suffocation if such small parts come off (the child puts the small part in its mouth).

Watch a video created by the European Commission on the safety of children's clothing.


The labeling of footwear is regulated by the Regulation of the Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications of 12.04.2004 No 69 "Requirements for labelling footwear".

Following the requirements for the labeling of footwear, the materials used for the uppers, linings, and soles must be indicated on the footwear in the following order of priority

upper part

The material shall be labeled with:

coated leather
all other materials

Last updated: 06.04.2021