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AAFA Publishes 16th Updated Restricted Substances List

September 11, 2015


The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has published the sixteenth edition of the AAFA Restricted Substances List (RSL). Focused on global product safety and environmental standards, the RSL 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 16th edition of the RSL covers 12 chemical categories with over 250 chemicals and is updated to reflect additions or changes to regulations and laws that restrict or ban certain chemicals in apparel, footwear, and finished home textile products. These include new standards released in China and Turkey.

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.  AAFA’s Environmental Taskforce and Peer Review teams review and update the RSL every six months. The latest version is made available for free on the AAFA website.

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