Thursday, November 18, 2010

RSL Released by AAFA (Version 7)

In September 2010, the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) released the most updated seventh version of their Restricted Substances List (RSL).

For the new version of AAFA, the below new National regulations are included:

- South Korea KC Mark
- Vietnam Temporary Regulation Circular No. 32/2009/TT-BCT
- Oregon SB586
- Eighteenth Regulation on the Amendment of the German Ordinance and Commodities of 3rd August 2010

The major changes from Release 6 to Release 7 as below.
1. Arylamines
- Test method changed to EN ISO 17234-1 for leather
- Add test method GB/T 23344-2009 for confirmation of 4-aminoazobenzene

2. Solvents
- Change limit to 0.1% (mass) by "Each" instead of "Total"
- Add Trichloroethylene CAS#79-01-6 to the list

3. Flame Retardants
- Add SB 596 (Oregon with limit 0.1% by weight for DecaBDE)

4.1 Metal - Restrictions for Textiles
- Addition restriction of Lead content (90ppm) with reference to KC mark
- Specify leachable metals contents (Pb, Cr, Hg, As and Cu) for Chinese regulation FZ/T81014:2008
- Change age from "<24>

4.2 Metal - Restrictions for Leather
- Changed German regulation from "LFGB 30" to "Eighteenth Regulation on the Amendment of the German Ordinance on Commodities of 3rd Auguest 2010
- Test method changed to 64 LFGB 82.02.11 (2008)

4.3 Metal - Restrictions for Surface Coatings and Printing
- Updated Lead restricion (90ppm) with reference to CPSIA
- Test method changed to CPSC-CH-E1003-09
- Added Cadmium content limitation (100ppm) to the list by test method EN1122

5. Formaldehyde
- Updated test method ISO 17226 for formaldehyde in leather
- Removed test method DIN 53315

6. Phthalates
- Added test method CPSC-CH-C1001-09

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