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AAFA releases Chinese Version of Restricted Substances
May '11
During its 2011 International Product Safety and Sustainability Conference in Dongguan, China on April 29, 2011, the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) released a Chinese translation of the eighth 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 on the AAFA Web site.

“As the leading supplier of apparel and footwear to the global market, China continues to be a vital partner for the U.S. apparel and footwear industry, and the families who wear U.S. brands all around the world,” said AAFA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke. “Not only are we making our industry's global supply chain more visible and efficient by translating the AAFA Restricted Substances List into Chinese, we are fostering greater cooperation between the United States and China.”

AAFA's recent International Product Safety and Sustainability Conference brought together industry leaders to educate 350 attendees on the numerous regulatory standards, restricted substances lists, and sustainability issues facing the industry today. Among the many industry experts on the event agenda, the conference keynote address was delivered by Thomas A.

Nelson, Managing Director and Vice President of Global Product Procurement, VF Asia, and Chairman, GAFTI. A feature presentation on U.S. product safety standards was also delivered by Jeffrey Hilsgen, Attaché, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Embassy of the United States, Beijing, China.

In recent years product safety and sustainability have come to the forefront of the U.S. apparel and footwear industry. Product recalls and inefficient supply chains are costly, drain company resources, and cause delays. AAFA began presenting its international conferences in order to educate the industry and its suppliers on what is expected of them by consumers, governments, brands, and retailers.

During this most recent conference, discussion topics focused on a variety of product safety and sustainability issues, including product safety regulations in the United States, the European Union, and China, required import and export documentation, the use of RSLs throughout the supply chain, testing and compliance requirements, and the OIA Eco-Index.

The conference, which was AAFA's third program in Dongguan and ninth international product safety program in the last three years, was presented in cooperation with the American Chinese Apparel and Footwear Association (ACAFA), the Apparel and Footwear International RSL Management Working Group (AFIRM) and the American Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong. Conference sponsors included Bureau Veritas Consumer Product Services, Intertek Consumer Goods, Okeo-Tex, Micro-Pak, Ltd., SGS Consumer Testing Services, Specialized Technology Resources, Inc.

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