On April 26, 2018, the Vietnam Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) issued Circular No. 07/2018/TT-BCT to postpone the effective date of Circular No. 21/2017/TT-BCT, the regulation on the requirements of formaldehyde and azo dyes in textile products, from May 1, 2018 to January 1, 2019.

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On October 23, 2017, the MOIT published in Circular No. 21/2017/TT-BCT [1], “The national technical regulation on the content of formaldehyde and certain aromatic amines derived from azo colourants in textile products.” The regulation contains specific requirements on the permitted limits for formaldehyde and azo dyes contents in textile products. All textile products that are manufactured, imported, distributed and sold in the Vietnam market are also required to declare conformity with a CR mark at the point of sale and provide a conformity certificate either by self-declaration or by the appointed certifying organization (SafeGuards No. 186/17) [2].

The amended effective date of Circular No. 21/2017/TT-BCT has been changed from May 1, 2018 to January 1, 2019 as stated in the recent issued Circular No. 07/2018/TT-BCT [3].

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