LTF traceability system:
“It was, and still is, important to us to give clear, fair and honest information to help consumers make the right choice during their purchase”.
What does traceability mean?
Traceability is like a “passport” which provides transparent information to consumers on location of the main production stages of the production chain.
The voluntary system for Traceability and Fashion (TF) is provided on a dedicated label which tells the story of the product; this, together with an alphanumeric code will allow consumers to check what bought simply logging on www.itfashion .org website.
What requirements are needed in order to obtain the certification?
To join the voluntary traceability scheme manufacturers have to follow four passages:
- Have a records and documentation system which proves where all the production stages took place;
- Make all the production stages, except for spinning, in just one country;
- Use the dedicated label with the compulsory information;
- Accept to undergo and pass specific inspections.
Can a manufacturer join the system even if its suppliers aren’t part of the scheme?
Yes, but being a system which traces the entire production chain, suppliers at the beginning of the production
chain will be monitored, on a random check basis.
Can manufacturers with outsourced supply join?
Yes, as long as they can prove that all the production stages (except for spinning) of their products have been carried out in the same country.
Who can join the traceability system?
All manufacturers registered with the Chambers of Commerce with registered offices in Italy.
What are the advantages for the manufacturer?
By subscribing the TF traceability system manufacturers can distinguish their product from the average market one.
Who carries out the controls?
Specialized bodies within the Chambers of Commerce network in agreement with Unionefiliere. The results of the inspection
procedure are sent to a certification body, established by Unionfiliere to guarantee the independence and impartiality of the system.
Institutions, trade organizations, trade unions and consumer associations all have representatives in the committe.
What happens when a manufacturer doesn’t comply with the rules?
Both disciplinary and monetary sanctions may be enforced. Disciplinary sanctions include warnings and partial or complete revocation of the conferred certification. Monetary sanctions only apply to serious cases.
Manufacturers, in addition to the sanctions above mentioned may also be compelled to publish the extract of the disciplinary action on a specialised magazine.
What are the advantages for the consumer?
LTF is organising a campaign in order to inform all consumers about the system.
LTF is a public bodies association whose duty, among others, is to create a way to support companies creating the best working conditions.
Its success will depend on how much all the companies and other associations will be involved in this.
Is the traceability system a way of protecting “Made in Italy” products?
No, it’s a tool which allows consumers to be informed in a transparent way and therefore to know more about what they are buying. Only indirectly could this system be seen as a means of protecting our own products.
How does this system compare with other similar initiatives?
Our model is independent from other similar ones. It has the advantage of being guaranteed by the Chambers of Commerce network.
However it is compatible with other similar initiatives.
In case “Made in…” Europe is approved, would traceability be outdated or in contrast?
Absolutely not! “Made in” is based on customs rules (the last real manufacturing phase) while the traceability system wants to track all the production chain and give consumers further information about where every phase of the process has taken place.
It is a deeper and more complete information which is supposed to safeguard the final user.