Skip to main content
Welcome to the cutting edge of safety science—Learn more about our rebrand.
  • Feature Story

AAFA Publishes 14th Updated Restricted Substances List

September 11, 2015

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has published the fourteenth edition of the AAFA Restricted Substances List (RSL) for apparel, footwear, and home textiles.

The AAFA RSL covers global product safety and environmental standards and is intended to help the industry navigate complex chemical management requirements. The AAFA RSL provides apparel and footwear companies with information related to regulations and laws that restrict or ban certain chemicals and substances in apparel, footwear, and home textiles.

The RSL includes only those materials, chemicals, and substances that are restricted or banned in finished home textile, apparel, and footwear products because of a regulation or law. In each case, the RSL identifies the most restrictive regulation.

The RSL does not include regulations that restrict the use of substances in production processes or in the factory; rather the focus is on whether or not the substance can be found in finished home textile, apparel, and footwear products at a certain level.

AAFA recently launched the AAFA mobile app for the AAFA RSL. The AAFA mobile app help users navigate the over 200 chemicals listed in the RSL, and allows users to filter, search, and sort by categories such as chemical name, CAS number, country, regulation, or any other identifying factor.

Why It Matters
Created by a special working group of the AAFA Environmental Task Force, the RSL covers chemicals and other substances whose presence in a product is restricted through a government regulation or law and identifies the most restrictive iteration of that regulation worldwide. Every six months, the publication is reviewed, updated, and the latest version is made available for free on the AAFA website.

How UL Can Help
To learn how UL’s chemical management services can help ensure regulatory compliance for every country in which you source or sell, click Contact UL at the top of this page and a representative will follow up with you soon.


RSL Website

RSL Mobile App