The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) released the 4th version of its restricted substances list (RSL) on February 13, 2009. The list was reviewed and revised by a special working group of the AAFA Environmental Task force, which includes Dr. Helmut Krause of SGS.

As the national trade association representing apparel, footwear, sewn products companies, and their suppliers, AAFA promotes and seeks to enhance members companies’ competitiveness, productivity and profitability in the global marketplace. Chemicals appearing in the AAFA RSL are those specifically related to both apparel and home textiles as well as footwear and that are banned or regulated because of a regulation or law.  The country law with the strictest requirement are cited in the RSL. The complete AAFA Restricted Substance List (RSL) can be found on their website. Restricted Substances List (RSL).

With the increasing demand of safety measures on textile and footwear in the US market and around the world, SGS offers a wide range of tests on restricted substances. Feel free to contact us for further information.

Louann Spirito
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