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The care symbols are protected by international trademarks, registered in over 50 countries. Membership of UKFT includes the licence to reproduce them, saving your brand thousands in fees.
If you are exporting and using the symbols on your labels, set up your protection immediately.
Selling in the UK
If you are only selling in the UK you do not need permission to use the care symbols, as these are not Registered Trademarks in the UK.
Selling Outside the UK and Other Labelling Requirements
UKFT maintains a global database of the care labelling requirements in all other major markets throughout the world. As well as advice on care labelling, UKFT can also provide members with information on the different requirements on fibre content and country of origin labelling.
Selling in Europe
Consumer legislation in most European markets requires that the consumer be given information on the care of garments at the time of purchase.
As the care symbols are Registered Trademarks in many European markets, users must pay for the right to use the symbols in each European country in which they sell.
Members and Retail Partners of UKFT who pay the additional fee for
the GINETEX licence benefit from:
— The right to use GINETEX symbols worldwide
— The right to use the clevercare symbol which promotes sustainable best practice in caring for clothes
— A strong brand system recognised by producers, retailers and consumers throughout the world
— Access to graphics of current labelling symbols
— A Technical Booklet containing specifications and conditions of use for correct care labelling
— The latest information on changes or additions to the system, new symbols and updates
— Access to a network providing solutions for care labelling problems