SAFEGUARDS | Softlines NO. 050/17

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The 18th edition of the Restricted Substances List (RSL) has been recently released by the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) to reflect the latest global regulatory changes.

The 18th edition of the AAFA RSL covers 12 categories with more than 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. It is intended to provide the industry with information to facilitate compliance in the global marketplace and creating a safer and sustainable supply chain. The AAFA RSL Release 18 [1] contains a number of major changes, outlined in Table 1. 

Table 1 – Outline of the AAFA RSL changes from Release 17 to Release 18

Restricted Substance, Test Method, Limit and Comments Modification
Sections Changes
  • Removed in comments – Vietnam temporary regulation Circular No. 32/2009/TT-BCT
Disperse Dyes
  • Added test method – KS K 0736:2014

Restriction for Textiles - Cadmium (Cd)

  • Added to comments – Washington State Children’s Product Safety Act – total cadmium: 40 mg/kg

Restriction for Textiles / Metal Parts / Surface Coatings and Printing - Lead (Pb)

  • Removed test method – Rate of lead release: DIN 54233-4 for European Union
Organotin Compounds
  • Added Turkey to “Other Countries that also Regulate this Substance” for Triphenyltin (TPhT)
  • Added to comments – Washington State Children’s Product Safety Act Part 1 (RCW 70.240.020) restricts the six phthalates. The sum of DEHP, BBP, DBP, DINP, DIDP and DnOP must not exceed 1000 ppm

Other changes from Release 17 to Release 18:

  •  Updated the list of Appendix I – Reporting

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