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AAFA unveils two new product safety compliance resources

May 26, 2012 (United States Of America)

In conjunction with American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) International Product Safety and Environmental Compliance Conference in Shanghai, China, and the AAFA Product Safety and Sustainability Seminar and Exhibition in Long Beach, CA, AAFA unveiled two new members-only resources, the AAFA Restricted Substances List Covering California Proposition 65 and the AAFA International Drawstring Requirements Comparison Chart.

In addition to these two new resources, AAFA published an updated Chinese language version of the publically-available AAFA Restricted Substances List (RSL) covering apparel, footwear, and home textiles. An updated Vietnamese language version of the AAFA RSL was released during the AAFA International Product Safety and Environmental Compliance Conference in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on May 17, 2012.

These resources, part of AAFA’s growing chemical management and product safety toolbox, can be downloaded on the AAFA Web site.

“Product safety remains a top priority for the global apparel and footwear industry, and the more than four million U.S. apparel and footwear workers here in the United States are leading the charge” said AAFA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke.

“The new tools AAFA released today are part of a robust strategy to make global compliance easier and more efficient. Whether it is chemical management or drawstring regulations, AAFA is committed to keeping the entire industry ahead of the curve when it comes to understanding the global regulations that significantly impact how the industry functions and makes decisions when selling products all over the world.”

International Drawstring Requirements Comparison Chart

Because of unclear definitions, varying standards across markets, and inconsistent enforcement, the presence of drawstrings in apparel continues to cause confusion for the U.S. apparel and footwear industry. AAFA has long advocated for greater harmonization of drawstring regulations around the world to help resolve confusion. To that end, the AAFA International Drawstrings Requirements Comparison Chart provides a broad examination of varying global drawstring requirements, definitions, and regulations.

Now in its first iteration, the AAFA International Drawstrings Requirements Comparison Chart will be updated regularly by a peer group of industry experts to ensure the most timely and accurate information possible. The chart is now available to AAFA members on the AAFA Web site.

AAFA Restricted Substances List Covering California Proposition 65

Because California accounts more than 13 percent of the U.S. economy, California business requirements have a significant impact on business operations for companies around the country.

In recent years, the aggressive enforcement of Proposition 65, California’s labeling law that was approved by California voters in a referendum in 1986 that requires the state of keep a list of chemicals that cause cancer or reproductive toxicity, has caused confusion along the U.S. apparel and footwear supply chain.

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