The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has updated its global AAFA Restricted Substances List (RSL), covering home textiles, apparel and footwear, to reflect new consumer product safety regulations. 

First released in 2007, the list covers chemicals and other substances whose presence in a product is regulated through a government standard or law. 

It identifies the most restrictive iteration of that regulation internationally, and is reviewed and updated every six months.

This fourth release reflects changes made by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) and now includes US state chemical regulations where appropriate.

"Operating a business globally creates critical, complex compliance issues relating to the environment, sustainability and product safety," explains Kevin Burke, president and CEO of AAFA. 

"The AAFA RSL is an important tool to navigating the murky and often shifting landscape of government regulations."

The free list, together with a growing set of other chemical management tools, can be downloaded at the AAFA website.