SAFEGUARDS | Softlines NO. 050/17
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  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|
Restriction for Textiles - Cadmium (Cd)
Restriction for Textiles / Metal Parts / Surface Coatings and Printing - Lead (Pb)
Other changes from Release 17 to Release 18:
- Updated the list of Appendix I – Reporting
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