Restricted Substance List (RSL)
This Restricted Substance List (RSL) is intended to provide apparel and footwear companies with information related to regulations and laws that restrict or ban certain chemicals and substances in finished home textile, apparel, and footwear products around the world.
The RSL was developed by a special working group of the American Apparel & Footwear Association’s (AAFA’s) Environmental Task Force. It serves as a practical tool to help individuals in textile, apparel and footwear companies, and their suppliers - responsible for environmental compliance throughout the supply chain - to become more aware of various national and international regulations governing the amount of substances that are permitted in finished home textile, apparel, and footwear products.
The RSL will be updated on a regular basis and will be supplemented with additional resources to help officials in these companies undertake responsible chemical management practices in the aforementioned finished products.
Download RSL 20 [pdf]
Download RSL 20 [excel]
AAFA also offers translated versions in Spanish, Vietnamese/Tieng Viet, and Mandarin.
AAFA gratefully acknowledges the support and contribution of the past and present members of the RSL Task Force in developing this resource. The current members of the RSL Task Force are listed below.
RSL Task Force:
Nate Sponsler, AFIRM
Michael Walls, American Chemistry Council
Sandeep Khatua, Carters
Henry Boyter, PhD, Center for Environmentally Sustainable Textile and Apparel Businesses
Meg Hughes, Bureau Veritas Consumer Products
Matt Nudell, Bureau Veritas Consumer Products
Brian Eichelberger, PhD, Consumer Testing Laboratories, Inc.
Amy Huang, Everlight Chemical Industrial Corporation
Kathy Leung, PhD Intertek
Pratik Ichhaporia, PhD, Intertek
John Hwang, LF Sourcing
John R Gerringer, Modern Testing Services, LLC
Jongsei Park, PhD, Modern Testing Services, LLC
Antonio Barberi Ettaro, MODINT
Min Zhu, SGS
Nick Odom, Springs Industries
Anne Bonhoff, PhD, UL-STR
Seemanta Mitra, UL
Lisa Clerici, Under Armour
Sean Cady, VF Corporation
Harsha Chenna, VF Corporation
Gamma Cheung, PhD, VF Corporation
Learn more about the RSL methodology.
NOTE: This Restricted Substance List (“RSL”) is provided by the American Apparel & Footwear Association (“AAFA”) for informational purposes only. This list represents the known and applicable standards at the time of publication; any inaccuracy or omission is not the responsibility of AAFA. Determination of whether and/or how to use all or any portion of this RSL is to be made in your sole and absolute discretion. Prior to using this RSL, you should review it with your own legal counsel. No part of this document constitutes legal advice. Use of this RSL is voluntary.
AAFA does not make any representations or warranties with respect to this RSL or its contents. The RSL is provided on an “AS IS” and on an “AS AVAILABLE” basis. AAFA HEREBY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY NATURE, EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR OTHERWISE, OR ARISING FROM TRADE OR CUSTOM, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, NONINFRINGEMENT, QUALITY, TITLE, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, COMPLETENESS OR ACCURACY.
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