REACH4Textiles: Tessile e Salute and Centrocot together to improve market surveillance of textile products

Security and Protection

The REACH4textiles project has just started. Funded by the European Commission, it aims to explore solutions for fair and effective market surveillance of textile products. Centrocot will support Tessile e Salute, the project partner, in performing the necessary laboratory tests and evaluating the results.

Every year, about 28 billions of garments circulate across Europe, 80% of which are imported from outside the EU and its jurisdiction.


Inevitably, such huge volumes pose enormous challenges for market surveillance authorities which are called to ensure that uncompliant dangerous products are kept away from the EU citizens.


The European Union has the world most comprehensive chemical legislation which is set to protect consumers, the environment and, theoretically, even the competitiveness[1] of the business.


Such EU chemical legislation evolves constantly, increasing scope and ambition. New restrictions impact authorities and sectors like the European textile value chain and generate new costs for all actors.


The REACH4texiles project aims at exploring solutions for fair and effective market surveillance on textile products; it pools together the key actors to address three objectives:


  • Keep non-compliant products away from the single market.
  • Increase skills and knowledge
  • support a Network addressing chemicals in textiles and applying the EU regulation



The 2 years project will share best practices, identify efficient approaches against non-compliant products, offer training and support for a more effective surveillance and for level playing field.


The project welcomes collaboration with concerned authorities across the EU Member States.

Supported by the European Commission DG Growth, the project team is coordinated by the Belgian testing and research center Centexbel and includes the European Confederation of the Textile and Clothing Industry, EURATEX, the German national textile and fashion association Textile und Mode, T+m, the Italian association Tessile e Salute, which will use Centrocot for the execution of the laboratory tests and the evaluation of the results.

SMI Sistema Moda Italia supports the initiative and many other European industry associations and national authorities are invited to be involved in the project activities.

[1] the  purpose of the EU REACH Regulation is to “ensure a high level of protection of human health and the environment, including the promotion of alternative methods for assessment of hazards of substances, as well as the free circulation of substances on the internal market while enhancing competitiveness and innovation”

Author: Editorial Staff