Restricted Substances: The Latest Updates for the Fashion Industry

AAFA LogoArlington, VA—Concerns about what chemicals and substances being used along the supply line in accessories, apparel and footwear production is of mounting concern to retailers and manufacturers. Especially as the U.S. government and others are scrutinizing their use even more.

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) is offering some help. The association released today the latest edition of its AAFA Restricted Substances List (RSL), covering apparel, footwear, and home textiles. The list, which has evolved into one of the most popular and frequently referenced industry assets provided by AAFA, can be downloaded for free at the AAFA website along with a growing set of other chemical management tools and state-specific guidance.

“AAFA remains committed to providing the U.S. apparel and footwear industry with a variety of tools to help make sound sourcing decisions,” said Kevin Burke, AAFA president/ceo. “Now in its twelfth publication, the AAFA Restricted Substances List assists the industry in creating an even safer and more sustainable supply chain.”

RSL Available in Four Languages

First released in 2007, the AAFA RSL 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 worldwide. Every six months, the publication is reviewed, updated, and the latest version is made available for free on the AAFA website. This 12th release has been updated to reflect changes spurred by REACH, as well as other state and international regulations.

To assist in international businesses, The AAFA RSL is available in four languages: English, 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 product safety, sustainability, and environmental compliance issues.

This latest edition of the AAFA RSL will also be featured at AAFA’s forthcoming domestic Product Safety and Sustainability Seminar & Exhibition on May 14 in Long Beach, Calif. Additional updated translations of the AAFA RSL will be made available on AAFA’s website:

The AAFA RSL can be accessed for free by clicking here.


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Jeff Prine

Jeff Prine, Editor at Large, Accessories Magazine
Jeff returns as a regular contributor to Accessories magazine. Initially Jeff worked as senior editor at Accessories more than 20 years ago and his love of the industry has followed him until present. Since his tenure here, Jeff has continued to report jewelry, watch and other luxury goods trends as executive editor at Modern Jeweler magazine, fashion director at Lustre, and as contributor on products and trends for consumer and trade publications and websites. In addition to his editorial experience, Jeff also served as an adjunct instructor for accessories merchandising at Fashion Institute of Technology.