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AAFA releases ninth Restricted Substances List
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Oct '11
The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) published the ninth edition of the AAFA Restricted Substances List (RSL), covering apparel, footwear, and home textiles. The list, which has become a go-to industry resource, together with a growing set of other chemical management tools, can be downloaded for free at the AAFA Web site.

“Consumers are more aware than ever when it comes to purchasing safe and eco-friendly products,” said AAFA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke. “The AAFA Restricted Substances List helps the industry navigate often complex product safety and chemical management requirements in order to address consumer preferences in the market place.”

“AAFA will be taking our international restricted substances list educational program to Bangladesh and India this fall to continue our efforts to educate the entire apparel and footwear supply chain about these important issues,” said Burke. “These international conferences help the industry in creating a safer and more sustainable supply chain.”

“In our effort to keep our global industry competitive and compliant in the marketplace, the AAFA RSL provides clear and concise information on the newest developments in global product safety standards,” said AAFA Environmental Committee Chairman John Eapen, Vice President of Environmental, Health & Safety at America & Efird, Inc. “We extend our gratitude to the AAFA Environmental Committee, the members of the RSL Task Force, and our RSL peer review group for their time and significant contributions to update this important list.”

This ninth addition of the AAFA RSL will be highlighted at AAFA's upcoming International Product Safety and Restricted Substances Conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh on November 30, 2011, and in Bangalore, India on December 6, 2011. Among the many industry experts on the agenda, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commissioner Nancy Nord will provide the conference keynote address in both cities. Please visit the AAFA Web site to register for these programs.

Background
The AAFA RSL, first released in the summer of 2007, is the first of its kind. The list covers chemicals and other substances whose presence in a product is restricted through a government regulation or law. The list identifies the most restrictive iteration of that regulation world wide.

Every six months, the publication is reviewed, updated, and the latest version is made available for free on the AAFA Web site.

This ninth release has been updated to reflect changes spurred by the CPSIA, as well as new state and international regulations.

The AAFA RSL is also available in Chinese, Vietnamese, and Spanish.

In addition to the global RSL, AAFA continues to offer training sessions and workshops on regulating restricted substances in apparel, footwear, and textile products, as well as on broader product safety, sustainability, and environmental compliance issues.

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) is the national trade association representing apparel, footwear and other sewn products companies, and their suppliers, which compete in the global market. AAFA's mission is to promote and enhance its members' competitiveness, productivity and profitability in the global market by minimizing regulatory, commercial, political, and trade restraints.

American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA)

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