AAFA publishes updated restricted substances list

29 March 2013 15:24  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) published on Friday the new edition of the AAFA Restricted Substances List (RSL), covering apparel, footwear and home textiles. 

The list can be downloaded for free at the AAFA website, along with a growing set of other chemical management tools and state-specific guidance.

"AAFA remains committed to providing the US apparel and footwear industry with a variety of tools to help make sound sourcing decisions," said AAFA President and CEO Kevin Burke. "Now in its 12th publication, the AAFA Restricted Substances List assists the industry in creating an even safer and more sustainable supply chain." 

The AAFA RSL, first released in the summer of 2007, is the first of its kind, the association said.  The list covers chemicals and other substances, whose presence in a product is restricted through a government regulation or law. 

The list identifies the most restrictive iteration of that regulation worldwide. Every six months, the publication is reviewed, updated and made available for free.

This release has been updated to reflect changes spurred by the European norm REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and restriction of CHemicals), as well as other state and international regulations.

The AAFA RSL is available in four languages: EnglishChineseVietnamese and Spanish. In addition to the global RSL, AAFA continues to offer training sessions and workshops on regulating restricted substances in apparel, footwear and textile products, as well as product safety, sustainability, and environmental compliance issues.


By: George Martin
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