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Consumer Goods & Services

Use this guide to help you comply with laws and regulations that apply to consumer goods and services businesses and the consumer goods and services industry.

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Appliances

  • Complying with the Appliance Labeling Rule: A Guide for Retailers
    Explains labeling rules. If you sell home appliances online, you may be required to observe the disclosure requirements of the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) Appliance Labeling Rule. The Rule requires manufacturers of certain appliances to affix yellow-and-black Energy Guide labels to these appliances. It also requires appliance retailers to leave the labels in place.

  • Appliance Labeling for Manufacturers
    Provides information on how to comply with the Appliance Labeling Rule, including answers to frequently asked questions.

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Computers & Internet Services

  • CAN-SPAM Act: Requirements for Commercial Entities
    Covers the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 (Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act), which establishes requirements for those who send commercial email, spells out penalties for spammers and companies whose products are advertised in spam if they violate the law, and gives consumers the right to ask emailers to stop spamming them.

  • Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)
    Offer a general guide to DMCA, an intellectual property law affecting online businesses.

  • Dotcom Disclosures
    Contains booklet that describes the information businesses should consider as they develop online ads to ensure that they comply with the law.

  • Regulations for E-Commerce and the Internet Services
    Provides guides for businesses that market or advertise on Internet; assistance with e-commerce transactions laws and regulations.

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Consumer Protection

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Dry Cleaning

  • Plain English Guide for Dry Cleaners
    Gives a step-by-step approach to understanding federal environmental regulations.

  • Dry Cleaning: FAQs
    Offers fact sheet that delineates the partnership between the dry cleaning industry and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and gives basic facts about the environmental impact of the chemicals involved in the process, as well as information about chemical alternatives.

  • Dry Cleaning Emissions Standards
    Explains the EPA's emission standards for industrial and small neighborhood dry cleaners.

  • Dry Cleaning Sector Guide (EPA)
    Provides compliance assistance information for the dry cleaning industry.

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Educational Services

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Food Stamps

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Health & Fitness Products

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Product Labeling

  • Energy Efficiency Claims and Labeling Requirements
    Contains current energy efficiency labeling requirements for consumer products issued pursuant to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act.

  • Fair Packaging and Labeling Act
    Explains how to comply with laws governing labeling of consumer products. Includes guidance for metric labeling, "Made in U.S.A." labeling, energy efficiency, environmental marketing, jewelry, precious metals and pewter industries, labeling alternative fuels; and textile, wool, fur and apparel matters.

  • Made in the USA Standard: Compliance Information
    Offers how-to-comply-with guide and enforcement policy statement for making "Made in U.S.A." claims; enforcement and compliance history of the agency activities, and links to documents from specific enforcement case, including investigative case closing letters.

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Textiles

  • Registered Identification Number (RN) FAQs
    Lists frequently asked questions about RN numbers issued by the FTC to U.S. businesses that manufacture, import, distribute, or sell products covered by the Textile, Wool, and Fur Acts. Businesses can use this number on product labels in lieu of the company name.

  • Registered Identification Number Database
    Explains a registered identification number or RN, a number issued by the FTC, upon request, to a business residing in the U.S. that is engaged in the manufacture, importing, distribution, or sale of textile, wool, or fur products. Such businesses are not required to have RNs. They may, however, use the RN in place of a name on the label or tag that is required to be affixed to these products.

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Tobacco Products

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