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In May 2021, the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) published the 22nd edition of its Restricted Substances List (RSL).

The RSL covers regulations and laws operating in major global markets that restrict or ban specific substances in apparel, footwear and home textiles. The latest version covers 12 categories of product and over 250 chemicals.

Amendments include:

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

The RSL was first published in 2007. Since then, the AAFA’s RSL Task Force, of which SGS is part, has regularly updated the list to help operatives in the industry facilitate compliance in global marketplaces.

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SGS has a worldwide network of over 40 state-of-the-art laboratories specializing in testing of apparel, footwear, and home textiles. Their committed team is drawn from multi-disciplinary backgrounds, allowing them to carry out a comprehensive range of physical, chemical, and functional testing services for components, materials and finished products. SGS helps companies ensure quality, performance, and compliance with international, industrial, and regulatory standards worldwide. Learn more about SGS’s Softlines Services.

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Louann Spirito

Consumer and Retail — Softlines

US & Canada Softlines Business Head

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