US AAFA Updates Restricted Substances List Release 17
SAFEGUARDS | Consumer Products NO. 095/16
The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has published the 17th edition of the Restricted Substance List (RSL), updating the list of banned or restricted chemicals and substances in finished home textile, apparel and footwear products.
The AAFA is a national trade association representing apparel, footwear and other sewn products companies and their suppliers by providing a variety of tools to facilitate compliance in the global marketplace. AAFA assists the industry in creating a safer and sustainable supply chain. The latest AAFA RSL Release 17  was published with the major changes outlined in Table 1.
Table 1 – Outline of the AAFA RSL changes from Release 16 to Release 17
|Restricted Substance, Test Method, Limit and Comments Modification|
|Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases||
Restriction for Textiles, Leather, Metal Parts, Plastics and Plastic Film, Surface Coatings and Printing - Lead:
Restrictions for Metal Parts – Nickel:
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH)
Other changes from Release 16 to Release 17:
- Updated the REACH SVHC Candidate List in Appendix I – Reporting
- Removed the Appendix III – Non-regulated substances on the AFIRM RSL Guidance which do not otherwise appear in the AAFA RSL
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