1. What is a “law label”?
A law label is a tag attached to a product (i.e., one covered by the labeling requirements) that provides consumers certain information, e.g., product contents (both stuffing type and percentages), information as to where the product was manufactured, and specifies that “UNDER PENALTY OF LAW THIS TAG NOT TO BE REMOVED EXCEPT BY CONSUMER.”
2. What is the purpose of these labels?
Law labels are designed to provide consumers with information regarding the nature of the product. As such, they are designed to protect consumers from unknowingly purchasing a second‐hand product or one that contains unsafe or unsanitary fillings. These labeling requirements also serve to protect reputable manufacturers against those companies which attempt to sell non‐compliant product.
3. Do labels need to be a certain size? Are there other requirements for the label?
Law labels need to be a minimum of two by three inches and there are requirements as to specific text and type size as well. Some states require advance review of a given label.
4. How should a label be attached?
If a law label is required, it needs to be “securely” attached to the product. Flammability, Textile, and Care Labels need to be ″permanently″ aƩached, in other words, they cannot be easily removed.
5. What kinds of products need to be labeled?
Items such as bed pillows, decorated pillows, bulk stuffing materials, mattresses, futons, upholstered furniture pieces, and mattress pads typically need law labels, but state laws do vary on this point.
6. May a law label be combined with another label?
A law label may not be combined with another label. Most states, however, will accept a bold black line between a Law and Flammability Label, enabling both labels to be one piece, yet still two separate labels.
7. Does every state have labeling requirements?
No, but at least thirty (30) states do have such labeling requirements (Product coverage varies from state to state). For this reason, if a covered product is offered for sale just about anywhere in the U.S. or Canada, it should probably bear a law label. Doing so preserves some flexibility to the company offering subject product.
8. What if my facility (or that of my vendor) purchases product that is offered for sale throughout the U.S. and Canada? Do I then need multiple law labels?
Only one label (with one registration number) is necessary, though that registration number needs to be recognized by all jurisdictions with labeling requirements..
9. What exactly is a Uniform Registry Number? How do I obtain one?
The Uniform Registry Number (URN), assigned by one state identifies the facility in which a given product is manufactured. The prefix of that registration number indicates which state issued the number. The suffix of the registration number indicates the location (either state or foreign country) in which the facility that actually manufactured the product is located. Registration numbers can be sought from any of the states with registration requirements. That number can then be recognized by other jurisdictions.
10. What is a Registration Number (RN) number?
A registration number is a registered identification number issued by the Federal Trade Commission. This number is used to identify US businesses and is defined under the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act. This number should not be confused with a Uniform Registry Number (URN) and cannot be used as such.
11. What if the same product is produced in more than one factory or facility?
While the product may seem “identical,” the law label on product manufactured at one site would bear a different registration number than that on the label on product produced at another site. Each manufacturing facility requires its own URN number. This enables a state inspector to trace back the origin of a given product in case of a problem or a possible need to recall a product.
12. What are the fees associated with the registration process?
Fees are contingent upon whether or not you are registering as a manufacturer, importer, wholesaler, retailer, or supply dealer. These fees range from $5 per state to $720 per state with a total cost for all required states of approximately $3500 (this includes Ohio’s required laboratory testing fee). State certificate validity also varies from annual, every two years, and three year registration periods. In addition, some states charge per item fees according to the amount of items sold annually in the specific state. These fees vary as well. for more info, visit states that require registration.
13. What if my registration lapses?
Maintenance and management is critical, and if a number lapses, there can be real repercussions, such as going through the entire registration process again, fines could be levied, and sale of product may also be suspended.
14. Where should I keep the certificate of registration?
The original certificate should be kept, and posted, at the production facility.
15. Are there penalties for failing to register or not having the tag on the product?
In cases of non‐compliance, product can be pulled from retail shelves and a company can be levied a fine.
16. What about Canada?
Canada has its own law labeling requirements. U.S. and Canadian labels may both be attached to a product.
17. What types of payment do you accept?
We accept Wire transfers and U.S. bank checks. If you have to pay by credit card please discuss the possibility with us.
18. Why Choose Legal Label, Inc.
Our follow up and our close association with The Law Offices of Joanne E. Mattiace, (a highly respected law firm that specializes in assisting companies with product‐related safety responsibilities) makes us unique and makes Legal Label, Inc. your best choice!
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