Italy’s Council of Ministers approves the “Leather” decree

Italy’s Council of Ministers approves the “Leather” decree

The result, writes UNIC – Italian Tanneries is “very important”. One for Italy’s tanning segment and, more generally, for the entire leather chain. The news requires few words to be commented and, in summary, these are: the decree is finally here! In other words, the Council of Ministers approved, on Thursday, May 28th 2020, the decree protecting the terms leather and fur.

The decree is here!

The approval of the decree, explains UNIC, “pending publication in the Official Gazette, it marks the conclusion of a long and ongoing process of awareness-raising carried out by UNIC, “which has promoted it since the beginning of the legislative process”. The decree, continues the association that represents the Italian tanning industry, “will finally replace the now obsolete law of 1966.

Among other measures, in addition to a more correct definition of the termspelle” e “cuoio” and in line with the EU and the technical legislation, the culmination of the association’s long battle to ensure the correct use of leather terminology, it will expressly forbid the use of the words “pelle” e “cuoio”, even as prefixes or suffixes, to identify materials not having animal origin, as we find today with the unorthodox terms faux leather, vegan leather and the like used for synthetic or other alternative materials”.

Essential requisites

the decree contains provisions that exclusively concern the essential composition requirements that the products and objects manufactured with them must satisfy in order to be placed on the market. The aim is to have a clear, unambiguous indication of the materials used and eliminate potential obstacles to proper market operation.”

Controls and violations

The new legislative decree, approved following a proposal by the Italian Minister of Economic Development Stefano Patuanelli, also establishes that “the activity of ascertaining any violations will be carried out by the Chambers of Commerce, the Customs Agency, the Finance Police and the Judicial Police, while the Ministry of Economic Development will monitor and coordinate the provisions. Types of violations punished include the lack of a label or mark and the use of a label or mark that does not comply with the prescribed requirements.”

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