This eleventh edition of the American Apparel & Footwear Association's (AAFA) Restricted Substances List (RSL) release has been updated to reflect changes spurred by the Washington Children's Safe Products Act, as well as other state and international regulations.

Covering apparel, footwear, travel goods, home textiles, and other fashion accessories, the list is a useful tool as part of an overall chemical management programme.

"The US apparel and footwear industry continues to confront challenges posed by state, federal, and international chemical management and product safety requirements," said AAFA president and CEO Kevin Burke.

"The AAFA RSL can be a helpful resource for the industry as we pursue collaboration and harmonisation of complicated rules and restrictions."

The latest RSL contains several new components, including the addition of Washington Children's Safe Products Act requirements in the reporting annex, a link to the updated AAFA-member only AAFA RSL Covering California Proposition 65, and a link to the AAFA List of Non-Regulated Substances Contained in Apparel Footwear International RSL Management (AFIRM) RSL.

First released in 2007, the list covers chemicals and other substances whose presence in a product is restricted through a government regulation or law. It identifies the most restrictive iteration of that regulation worldwide.

Available in four languages - English, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Spanish - the publication is reviewed and updated every six months, with the latest version available for free on the AAFA website.

The updated RSL has been released ahead of AAFA's International Product Safety and Environmental Compliance Conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 5 December.