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AAFA Releases 22nd Edition of Restricted Substance List

SafeGuardSSoftlines, Softlines, Softlines, Softlines, SoftlinesJuly 15, 2021

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) published the 22nd edition of the Restricted Substance List (RSL) in May 2021 to reflect the latest global regulatory changes.

The latest version covers 12 categories with more than 250 chemicals. It 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 in key global countries. Since its first publication in 2007, the RSL has been updated regularly by the AAFA’s RSL Task Force, which SGS is part of, to assist 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 22 are outlined as below:

  • Updated ISO standards on azo dyes for leather and textile
  • Added certain flame retardants under Massachusetts House Bill 4900 and Maryland restrictions
  • Changed test method for certain organotin compounds
  • Added Dicofol to EU POP 2019/1021 under pesticides
  • Changed the sum concentration of combined six phthalates in polymeric / plastic materials for South Korea
  • Updated the list and information of Appendix I – Reporting


  1. AAFA RSL Release 22

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