The 20th edition of the Restricted Substances List (RSL) was released by the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) in February 2019 to reflect the latest global regulatory changes.

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Published in February 2019, the 20th 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 finished apparel, footwear, and home textile products. It is intended to provide the industry with information to facilitate compliance in the global marketplace and to create a safer and sustainable supply chain. The major changes in the AAFA RSL Release 20 are outlined in Table 1.

Restricted Substance, Test Method, Limit and Comments Modification
Sections Changes
  • Added Quinoline (CAS # 91-22-5 with limit 50 mg/kg)
  • Added Amendment 2018/1513 to Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 under “Regulation”
Disperse Dyes
  • Added Basic Violet 3 (CAS # 548-62-9 with limit 50 mg/kg), 2,4-Diaminoanisole sulphate (CAS # 39156-41-7 with maximum limit 30 mg/kg), and 4-Chloro-o-toluidinium chloride (CAS # 3165-93-3 with limit 30 mg/kg)
  • Added Amendment 2018/1513 to Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 under “Regulation”
Flame Retardants
  • Added Decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE) (CAS # 1163-19-5 with limit 0.1% by weight)
  • Added Amendment 2017/227 to Annex XVII in (EC) No 1907/2006 under “Regulation”
  • Updated extractable Arsenic level to be 0.2 mg/kg, extractable Chromium level 2 mg/kg, extractable Lead level 0.2 mg/kg, extractable Mercury level 0.02 mg/kg, and extractable Cadmium level 0.1 mg/kg from ES 7322/2018
  • Added test method ISO 17072-1
  • Added Benzene (CAS # 71-43-2 with limit 5 mg/kg), Benzotrichloride (CAS # 98-0707 with limit 1 mg/kg), p-Chlorobenzotrichloride (CAS # 5216-25-1 with limit 1 mg/kg), and Benzyl chloride (CAS # 100-44-7 with limit 1 mg/kg)
  • Added Amendment 2018/1513 to Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 under “Regulation”
  • Added N,N-Dimethylacetamide (DMAC) (CAS # 127-19-5 with limit 3000 mg/kg) and N,N-Dimethylformamide (DMF) (CAS # 68-12-2 with limit 3000 mg/kg)
  • Added Amendment 2018/1513 to Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 under “Regulation”
  • Added test method CEN ISO/TS 16189

Other changes from Release 19 to Release 20:

  • Updated the list of Appendix I – Reporting


[1] AAFA RSL Release 20

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