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New AAFA RSL addresses Product Safety & Environmental Standards
Mar '10
As part of its 2010 Annual Executive Summit, the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) published the sixth edition of the AAFA Restricted Substances List (RSL), covering apparel, footwear, and home textiles. The list, which has become the global industry standard for RSLs, together with a growing set of other chemical management tools.

“Since we started publishing AAFA's Restricted Substances List, the U.S. apparel and footwear industry has grown through supply chain efficiency and environmental stewardship,” said AAFA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke. “Now in its sixth semi-annual edition, AAFA's RSL is an industry must-have source of important and valuable information. By effectively using this tool, the industry can more easily navigate complicated domestic and international regulations and remain competitive in the global marketplace.”

“Over the last few years, our industry's solid track record of producing safe clothes and shoes has been put into jeopardy because of rigid product safety reforms,” said Burke. “With the implementation of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), and now more aggressive enforcement of state-level regulations like California's Proposition 65, the RSL continues to eliminate much of the regulatory confusion that has threatened our industry.”

“In the face of ever-changing challenges before the international apparel and footwear industry, AAFA's RSL is the right resource for promoting our industry's competitiveness and compliance around the globe,” said AAFA Environmental Committee Chairman John Eapen, Vice President of Environmental, Health & Safety at America & Efird, Inc. “I would like to thank 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.”

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