REACh: Registration, Evaluation, Authorization of Chemicals

REACH is a European Union regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals. It came into force on 1st June 2007 and replaced a number of European directives and regulations with a single system.

REACH has several aims:

Further resources:


European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) Guidance documents

Guidance documents aim at facilitating the implementation of REACH, CLP and the biocides legislation by describing good practice on how to fulfil the obligations.
They are developed with the participation of many stakeholders: industry, Member States and NGOs.


SIGNS (Sustainability - International Guide for Norms and Standards)

An online web resource. The tool is designed to provide you with key information surrounding textile regulations and standards across Europe and beyond.


AAFA Restricted Substances List (RSL)

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) regularly updates the AAFA Restricted Substances List (RSL), covering apparel, footwear, travel goods, home textiles, and other fashion accessories. 

This RSL summarises substances that are legally restricted in any of the major production or consumption markets. 
The RSL can be filtered, searched, and sorted by categories such as chemical name, CAS number, country, regulation, or any other identifying factor.

To view the RSL, visit the AAFA website or if you are using a mobile telephone or tablet.