First Italian workshop of the REACH4TEXTILES project dedicated to textile market control authorities

Technology and Controls

The first Italian workshop of the REACH4TEXTILES project, an initiative supported by the European Commission DG GROW and coordinated by the Belgian analysis and research centre Centexbel, was held on Monday 24 October at the boardroom of Sistema Moda Italia in Milan.

The project partners are represented by Associazione Tessile e Salute, which relies on Centrocot to perform the laboratory tests and evaluate the results, the European Textile and Apparel Industry Organisation (EURATEX) and the German national textile and fashion association, Textile und Mode T+m.

The meeting in Milan was dedicated to the Italian authorities and bodies responsible for market surveillance and the application of the REACH Regulation with regard to the textile sector. In particular, the aim 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 the hazard assessment of substances, as well as the free circulation of substances in the internal market, while enhancing competitiveness and innovation’.

The 2-year REACH4TEXTILES project, starting in September 2021, will serve to share best practices in sampling and analysis, identify efficient approaches to prevent non-compliant products from being placed on the European market, and provide training and support for more effective market surveillance and a level playing field.

Collaboration with the market surveillance authorities of the EU Member States is one of the objectives of the project. To this end, three European-wide meetings were organised: one in Germany and one in Italy, addressed to the respective national authorities, and one in Belgium addressed to the Belgian authorities and those of other European countries.

The Italian workshop, organised in double mode, was very well attended with ten in-person and fifteen online guests who were able to share, through presentations by Marco Piu and Barbara Cravello (Associazione Tessile e Salute) and Letizia Bregola (Centrocot), the work carried out so far and the subsequent planned activities. Initial greetings to participants were made by Guido Bottini of SMI.

Many prestigious bodies were represented by the workshop participants: Ministry of Economic Development, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Ecological Transition, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Milan Chamber of Commerce, ARPA Lombardia, Customs Agency, ASST Brianza, ATS Bergamo, ATS Milan, ATS Insubria.

During the three-hour presentation, the results of an initial purchasing and analysis campaign of fashion textile articles, taken from various market outlets (shops, large-scale distribution, online platforms, etc.) were also discussed. In addition to collecting expressions of interest in the positive effects of the project from the authorities present, it was possible to reason about future collaborations, aimed at the exchange of information between the bodies involved.

The work of the REACH4TEXTILES project will continue for the second year in which new and more accurate sampling of textile articles is planned. In addition, all information and suggestions, which may come from the authorities involved, will be valuable for the success of the project.


For further information:

Daniela Nebuloni, Centrocot Multisectoral Research and Innovation Area

Author: Daniela Nebuloni

Centrocot Research and Innovation Dept.