Furs and fur products sold in Switzerland must be labelled very clearly and legibly so that consumers are sufficiently informed before making their choice. The FSVO inspects the products marketed in Switzerland.
More transparency in the labelling of fur
At its meeting on 19 February 2020, the Federal Council adopted the revised Fur Declaration Ordinance. The revision improved the labelling of fur products as well as the method of production. The amendments of the Fur Declaration Ordinance are intended to bring more transparency for consumers.
From now on, all furs must be clearly marked as “real fur”. This will enable customers to tell at a glance whether a fur is artificial or real, and thus make a more informed choice. The Ordinance enters into force on 1 April 2020.
For consumers the distinction between real fur and synthetic fur is not always obvious. A declaration of furs is correct and complete if it states “real fur” and specifies the species of animal, the scientific name, the country of origin and the method for producing the pelt (hunting and breeding). This information must be clearly visible on the product and easily legible in at least one official language.
Since the Ordinance on the declaration of furs and fur products (ODFourr), came into force in 2013 all the stakeholders in the market who market furs and fur products in Switzerland must include this information. The Ordinance does not cover imports, only trade in Switzerland,also including second-hand shops.
Improving consumer information
The aim of the Ordinance is to provide better information for consumers on the methods of fur production and therefore to give them the opportunity to choose, from a position of knowledge, whether to purchase a product with fur or not. It is based on the Consumer Information Act (LIC). Switzerland is the only country to have such legislation.
The Ordinance applies to all furs and all fur products originating from mammals with the exception of
- equine, bovine, porcine, ovine and caprine species;
- llamas and alpacas.
Therefore, wool products (e.g. Angora) and leather products are not affected.
The FSVO carries out its inspections at sales outlets and on the internet to verify that the information provided corresponds to the information required by the Ordinance.
These inspections are mainly performed using random samples but also sometimes in a more targeted way based on sound information, such as disclosures or breaches noted during previous inspections.
If the declaration requirement is infringed, the person committing the violation will be liable to a fee covering the costs of the inspection. The fee is calculated based on the time required for the inspection. Depending on the type of infringement, a fine may also be imposed in accordance with Article 11 of the Consumer Information Act.
Last modification 18.09.2020