Bolton Consultancy Ltd


May 2018 - Labelling Seminar in Belgium

Sue delivered a seminar covering the Essentials of Labelling for clothing, home textiles and footwear to 29 IVOC/CREAMODA members on 17th May.   The seminar included labelling compliance with the GPSD, Textile labelling regulation, Biocidal products, footwear, labelling care symbols, UK and Irish nightwear flammability legislation; together with discussion of best practice for products for the whole european market.


November 2017 - CEN TC248 WG20 Meeting at the SDC in Bradford


The annual meeting of CEN TC 248, European standards technical committee for textile and textile products was held at SDC’s offices in Bradford West Yorkshire in November; with support from SDC Enterprises, BTTG, NCWA, UKFT, SGS, Intertek, Holdstock Technical Services, TSA and organised by Bolton Consultancy Limited.

Four working groups met during the week, including WG 20 Safety of children’s clothing, which is convened by Sue and was attended by 16 experts from Belgium, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and UK (pictured).



October 2017 - ISO TC38 Meeting New Orleans



The ASTM and AATCC hosted ISO TC 38 in the USA in October 2017 which met in New Orleans.

Sue chaired ISO TC 38 Textiles SC1 tests for colourants and coloured textiles (colour fastness) which was attended by 52 experts from 9 countries.   She also attended ISO TC 38 plenary and ISO TC 38 SC2 care labelling, cleansing and water resistance tests as UK expert.


September 2017 - International China Legislation Conference 2017 Barcelona

An international conference for delegates invited from across the industry in the EU was held in Barcelona, Spain, to share and promote understanding of Legislation and Standards for the safety of children’s clothing and related products in China and in the EU. The conference assembled a panel of representatives from the standardisation bodies of both China and the EU including Mr Sun Ximin from CNTAC and Mrs Ingrid Soetaert from CEN together with the experts responsible for drafting the respective standards:

Delegates were invited to address detailed questions and requests for clarification to the panel which considered the questions in detail and reported back the following day.


December 2016 - Printwear & Promotion Special Report

Sue Bolton expains the implications of Brexit on textile product quality and safety legislation and standards in a special report published in Printwear and Promotion December 2016 - "Brexit - Life after [Article] 50".

Printwear and Promotion, the leading journal for the decorated garment industry, is available to registered readers as a printed or digital publication.   The report can be read on the Printwear and Promotion website .  

September 2016 - Consultation on updating the Furniture & Furnishings Regulations

The UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have issued the following request as part of their consultation on updating the Furniture & Furnishings Regulations:  

We would like your views on changes that we propose to make to the current regulations. We plan to remove the 1988 Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations and replace them with an updated version - the 2016 Furniture and Furnishings (Fire Safety) Regulations.   We would welcome your comments on the proposals and the draft of the new regulations. 

The draft regulations are included in the consultation document which may be viewed on the GOV.UK website at:  

You can respond to the survey online at: 

If you wish to make comments the closing date of this consultation is 11 November 2016.