U.S AAFA Publishes Release 14 of the Restricted Substances List of Chemicals in Textiles

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has published the 14th edition of the AAFA Restricted Substances List (RSL).

Online PR News – 24-June-2014 – Hong Kong – This list which covers apparel, footwear, travel goods, home textiles and other fashion accessories.

The list identifies over 200 chemicals and other substances restricted in consumer products that are regulated by state, federal and international chemical management and product safety requirements.

The AAFA RSL offers the US apparel and footwear industry a variety of tools to facilitate compliance that helps to make optimum sourcing decisions and assists the industry in creating a safer and sustainable supply chain. The latest AAFA RSL Release 14 (https://www.wewear.org/rsl/#view-the-rsl/) was published with the major changes outlined below.

AAFA RSL - Changes from Release 13 to Release 14

- Section “Pesticides” – Removed Finland - Ministry of Environment Government Decree on Persistent Organic Substances (735/2002) Regulation.
- Section “Flame Retardants” – Added Canada as other countries that also regulate TCEP by the Health Canada TCEP Requirement (effective June 22, 2014).
- Section “Metals (Textile Restriction)”:
1) Added China Standard - FZ/T 73025-2013 (Knitted garment and adornment for infant)
2) According to FZ/T 73025-2013, added Antimony (30ppm); Cadmium (0.1ppm); Chromium Hexavalent (Not detected – 0.5ppm); Cobalt (1.0ppm) and Nickel (1.0ppm) as leachable metals.
- Section “Miscellaneous”:
1) Changed Formaldehyde “Not detected” limit from 20ppm to 16ppm for textile
2) Added test method – Textile: ISO 14184-1 for Formaldehyde 0-36 months with and without direct skin contact.
- Section “Phthalates” – Added chemical Di-n-hexyl phthalate (DnHP/DHP) with CAS # 84-75-3 under the European Union REACH Regulation (EC) no. 1907/2006 Candidate List with requirement 0.1% w/w per article (each).

Other changes from Release 13 to Release 14:

- Updated the REACH SVHC Candidate List in Appendix I - Reporting
- Updated the chemical list of Non-regulated substances on the AFIRM RSL Guidance in Appendix III – AFIRM Extra

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