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AAFA Updates Restricted Substances List

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has released an updated version of its Restricted Substances List that reflects new EU chemicals regulations, among other international and state changes.

The list helps firms manufacturing footwear, apparel, travel goods, home textiles, and other fashion accessories manage the chemicals they use by providing them with information about recommended uses and legal standards. It is available for free download at the AAFA website, along with other tools for managing chemical use.

“AAFA remains committed to providing the U.S. apparel and footwear industry with a variety of tools to help make sound sourcing decisions,” said AAFA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke.

“Now in its twelfth publication, the AAFA Restricted Substances List assists the industry in creating an even safer and more sustainable supply chain.”

The list identifies the most restrictive regulations of chemicals and other substances whose use in products is limited by a government law or regulation. It was first released in 2007 and has become a popular industry asset, providing 6-month updates on new product safety developments and chemical management standards.

The new list was released in preparation for the 2013 International Sourcing, Customs & Logistics Conference in Baltimore, MD. It is a widely used tool for product sourcing decisions.