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SGS’s Frank Kempe Re-appointed to AFIRM’s LabTAC

March 08, 2023

SGS is pleased to announce that Global Softlines Technical Manager Frank Kemp has been re-appointed to the Laboratory Technical Advisory Committee (LabTAC) of the Apparel and Footwear International RSL Management (AFIRM) Group for another two years.

Frank, based in Düsseldorf, Germany, is responsible for strategic development in sustainability and chemical management across SGS's global textile and footwear divisions. He has participated in multiple industry groups, including Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) and the German Partnership of Sustainable Textiles, and has effected real change on a wide range of quality and sustainability topics, including product safety, sustainable materials and resource efficiency. He was originally appointed as a member of LabTAC in 2022.

The AFIRM Group was formed in 2004. It's mission is to reduce the use and impact of harmful substances in the apparel and footwear industries. It provides a forum for improving restricted substance management in global supply chains, enables better communication about the restricted substances list (RSL) and provides an arena for exchanging ideas that will improve RSL management.

LabTAC consists of five technical representatives from global laboratory networks, with appointments lasting for two years. The committee supports AFIRM on test method issues, maintains the RSL, communicates RSL information to supply chain members and facilities the exchange of ideas to improve the RSL.

Frank says: "I am delighted to have been re-appointed to LabTAC and I look forward to continuing my work in helping the apparel and footwear sectors improve chemical management. This is a critical time for manufacturers, and suppliers. Governments and businesses around the world are under intense pressure to act over climate change and our impact on the environment. Central to this must be the development of better technologies and a move towards the use of safer and more sustainable chemicals. SGS and LabTAC stand at the forefront of this move, helping industry to develop long-term solutions that not only improve chemical management but also enable a better and safer world."

For further information, please contact:

Keith Tsang
Senior Service Development Manager
Connectivity & Products
t: +852 2204 8354

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