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Companies publish their RSL to ensure suppliers and vendors, and internal corporate employees are aware of, and can follow corporate restricted substance requirements. It is updated every six months and the latest version is made available for free to the apparel and footwear industry. For help with any issue associated with chemicals, contact Amanda Cattermole at or Amanda cattermoleconsulting.
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Do you keep track of product failures and analyze the reasons why? Do your products ever get stuck in customs because they fail regulatory requirements? These hazardous substances have specific restrictions, and as such certain chemical substances in the specific product are not allowed to be used, so as to avoid any unnecessary testing.
A restriction of a substance is any condition for prohibition of or concerning, its manufacture, use or placing on the market. Restrictions enable risk management measures beyond those already implemented by manufacturers, importers and downstream users, to be introduced across the Community, where they are determined to be necessary. Restrictions can also impose a harmonized level of risk management measures.
Restrictions apply to all manufacturers, importers, downstream users and distributors of a substance if the manufacture, use or placing on the market activity of this substance is included in Annex XVII. The level of restriction can be divided into two main categories:. REACH restrictions list covers a great deal of substances, affecting essentially all industries. Suppliers of substances, preparations and articles shall screen the REACH restriction list for the restriction most relevant to the products and ensure that the presence of restricted substances in products do not exceed threshold limits set by REACH.
Some restricted substances are on the SVHC candidate list. More info about how to achieve SVHC compliance can be found here. CIRS can carry out an assessment for you or your suppliers, in accordance with your specific industry and the relevant restriction list to determine which items do not need to be tested, thus improving the efficiency of your testing strategy and saving money on unnecessary testing.
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. REACH Restricted Substance List (REACH Annex XVII) Currently there are 68 valid entries on REACH Annex XVII (updated on 24 Apr ).Each entry shows the substance or group of substances or the mixture, and the consequent restrictions conditions. A Restricted Substance List (RSL) helps companies meet regulatory requirements. An RSL is a list of chemicals restricted in consumer products, usually due to a governmental regulation or law. Some brands have an RSL that may go above and beyond regulatory requirements.