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EU publishes textual proposal for EU/US-cooperation on textile fibre names in TTIP

The EU has published a draft technical paper outlining a potential cooperation on new textile fibres “for which a name has not yet been identified”. DG Trade proposes that both authorities could agree to inform each other mutually about new petitions, encourage simultaneous petitions to both sides by applicants, coordinate their acceptance and establish a dialogue on technical requirements for the submission. The EU offers to consult the US side on the mandate to be sent to laboratories involved in ring trials and send appropriate information on each step of the process.

Both parties could further agree to cooperate on the basic characteristic of the names of the new fibres, e.g. chemical family and distinguishing characteristics of the fibre and the acceptance or not of the creation of subcategories of names. The paper reads further: “Both parties could explore possibilities to cooperate in view of aligning current/existing fibre names in cooperation with the ISO.”

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