In the session of Thursday 28 May 2020, the Council of Ministers of the Italian Government approved the Legislative Decree which establishes the new provisions regarding the use of the terms hide, leather and fur.
A result that marks the conclusion of a long and constant awareness-raising campaign carried out by UNIC: “We have promoted the legislative process from the beginning and today we have obtained a very important result for the Italian tanning sector and for the leather sector in general”.
The new law replaces the now obsolete law dated 1966. Among other measures, in addition to a more correct definition of the terms leather and hide and in line with EU and technical legislation, it sanctions the express ban on the usage of the words leather and hide, also as prefixes or suffixes, to identify materials that do not derive from the remains of animals, as is the case today with the unorthodox terms eco-leather, vegan leather and the like used for synthetic materials.
A note given by the Council of Ministers reads as follows: “The decree contains provisions relating exclusively to the essential composition requirements that manufactured products and objects must meet in order to be placed on the market. The goal is to have a clear and unambiguous indication of the materials used eliminating potential obstacles to the smooth functioning of the market”.
The new legislative decree, approved on the proposal of the Minister of Economic Development Stefano Patuanelli, also establishes that “punishable conduct includes the lack of a label or mark and the use of a label or mark that does not meet requirements”.
The Chambers of Commerce, Customs Agency, Italian Financial Police and Judicial Police are entrusted with the activity of ascertaining any violations.