Labelling

What does the EN 12934 specify?

1.   Field of application of EN 12934
2 Scope
3. Aim
4. What are these labels based on?
  4.1
4.2
4.3.1
4.3.2
New fillings
Waterfowl and/or landfowl fillings
Material classification
Down content specification
5. May the fowl species be indicated and if yes, which?
  5.1
5.2
5.3
Waterfowl
Landfowl
Blends of waterfowl and landfowl
6. What does a label in accordance with DIN EN 12934 look like?

1. Field of application of EN 12934

It applies to finished feathers and down.
Fillings labelled in accordance with this standard must consist of 99.5% feathers and down and their elements.

2. Scope
Representatives from 18 European countries have developed this standard under the guidance of the European Committee for Standardization (Comité Européen de Normalisation - CEN).
The countries Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy,Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Portugal, Sweden, Czech Republic and the United Kingdom have committed themselves to this standard.

3. Aim
The EN 12934 regulates labelling for fillings made up of feathers and down. They are the first and only labelling regulations developed by all EU and EFTA states.

4. What are these labels based on?
In order to ensure correct filling material labelling, it is important to consider:

  1. Is the filling new? (The percentage of other materials does not exceed 5%, which is decisive for the classification of the material).
  2. Is the filling exclusively from waterfowl (geese and ducks)? (Class I to III)
  3. What percentage of down does the filling contain? (Down content level is specified on the label).

4.1 New fillings
A filling may be labelled as 'new' if it does not contain any reprocessed feathers and down. Only fillings made up of new feathers and down may be labelled as 'new'. Reprocessed feathers and down can be identified in a filling through, for instance, a high percentage of 'other elements' (down fibres, feather fibres, reprocessed feathers and down, residues).
The EN 12934 classifies the fillings in Class I and Class IV as 'new', since the percentage of other elements is less than 5%.

4.2 Waterfowl and/or landfowl fillings
The filling material is classified in terms of the percentage of other elements.

Waterfowl and/or landfowl fillings
 
Percentage of other elements (%)
Classification
Elements and composition
Fillings from waterfowl (goose and duck) up to 5 "Class I" and / or "new" Down ...% Feather ...%
over 5 up to15 "Class II" Down ...% Feather ...%
over 15 "Class III" Down ...% Feather ...% Other elements ...%
Fillings made from landfowl or land and waterfowl up to 5 "Class IV" and/or "new" Down ...% Feather ...%
over 5 up to15 "Class V" Down ...% Feather ...%
over 15 "Class VI" Down ...% Feather ...% andere Elemente ...%
    "Class VII" (unspecified composition)

4.3.1 Material classification
The filling material is classified in terms of its percentage of other elements. This means that filling materials that do not exceed 5% of other elements (broken feathers, fibres, etc.) can be labelled as Class I. Such products can also be labelled as 'new'.
Fillings may be labelled as Class II if the percentage of other elements is between 5% and 15%. In light of the high content of other elements, it is assumed that this filling contains a considerable amount of reprocessed material. Fillings belonging to classes II and III may not be labelled as 'new'.
Filling materials in Class III have a content of other elements that exceeds 15%, which therefore indicates a high quantity of previously used material. The percentage of other elements, which is rounded to the nearest 10%, must be specified on the label.

4.3.2 Down content specification
Another mandatory specification on the label is the down and feather content of a filling. This is done in decreasing order rounded to the nearest 10%. Fillings with 85% feathers and 15% down (formerly known as half-down) are excluded.

5. May the fowl species be indicated and if yes, which?
5.1 Waterfowl

If a Class I filling comes from one or several waterfowl species, the species may be labelled as 'waterfowl'. The actual waterfowl species may also be specified, in accordance with the following table:

Waterfowl species -
Beisexamples of suitable labelling with percentages
Composition in percent
Denomination
100
0
to
to
90.0
9.9
Goose
Duck
Pure goose
89.9
10.0
to
to
70.0
29.9
Goose
Duck
Goose
69.9
30.0
to
to
50.0
49.9
Goose
Duck
Goose / Duck
69.9
30.0
to
to
50.0
49.9
Goose
Duck
Duck / Goose
89.9
10.0
to
to
70.0
29.9
Goose
Duck
Duck
100
0
to
to
90.0
9.9
Goose
Duck
Pure Duck
This also applies to Class II.

5.2 Landfowl species
If one or more landfowl species are included in a filling, the denomination of 'landfowl' may be specified on the label.

5.3 Blends of waterfowl and landfowl
With blends of land and waterfowl species, the label must specify the denominations of 'landfowl' and/or 'waterfowl' as follows:

Blends of waterfowl and landfow
Composition in percent Denomination(s)
The percentage figures for fowl species are to be specified in decreasing order and rounded to the nearest 10%.
100
0
to
to
90.0
9.9
Landfowl
Waterfowl
Landfowl
89.9
10.0
to
to
50.0
49.9
Landfowl
Waterfowl
Landfowl / Waterfowl
89.9
10.0
to
to
50.0
49.9
Waterfowl
Landfowl
Waterfowl / Landfowl
100
0
to
to
90.0
9.9
Waterfowl
Landfowl
Waterfowl
The denominations mentioned in 5.2 and 5.3 apply to classes IV and V.

6. What does a label in accordance with DIN EN 12934 look like?
Recommendation for label structure:

Recommendation for label structure:
Colour Origin New Fowl species Class % of filling weight% of elements*
white Hungarian new Waterfowl down and feathers Class I 60% Down 40% Feathers
Alternative:
white Hungarian new Goose down and feathers Class I 60% Down 40% Feathers
* Obligatory information!

This filling is made up of new material and may be composed of:

  • 60% goose down
  • 40% goose feathers

 

 

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