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SATRA has recently updated its footwear Restricted Substances List for member companies.

by Martin Heels

In order to provide collated information on restricted substances to SATRA members, we have recently updated our easy-to-follow summary of restricted substances that are applicable to the footwear industry. This Restricted Substances List (RSL) collates requirements from worldwide legislation such as REACH (European regulation 1907/2006) Annex XVII, the South Korean Act on the Registration and Evaluation of Chemicals (AREC – also called ‘K-REACH’) and the United States’ Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act 2008.

Relevant substances

Legislation on restricted chemicals can be particularly complex and difficult to relate to specific consumer products. SATRA’s RSL gives a brief summary of the most relevant chemicals that are pertinent to the footwear industry, and highlights the material types where these chemicals might be present. For example, azo dyes can be used to colour textiles and leathers. Polymers are coloured using pigments, so it would not be relevant to test such materials as polyurethane (PU) soling for the presence of azo dyes, as they will not be present.

Issue 7 of SATRA’s footwear RSL has been developed by our chemical testing group and research team to prioritise the critical substances that should form part of brands’ and retailers’ restricted substances policy. This policy can be a key tool to disseminate this information along the supply chain, and may be used to educate suppliers as to the importance of meeting these requirements.

Chemical testing and consultancy at SATRA

SATRA’s ISO 17025 accredited chemical testing laboratory routinely tests components and finished consumer products for the presence of restricted substances. This testing can be on materials before articles are manufactured or on the finished products. SATRA’s chemical team can advise members on the most appropriate tests for a specific style to make the best use of their testing budget. Our members in Asia can also benefit from SATRA’s sample receipt service available through the China Office in Dongguan. Once testing has been completed, test results can be reported against the legislative requirements or against individual brand or retailers’ specifications depending on the customer’s request.

Within REACH newsletter

SATRA publishes a quarterly newsletter (free to SATRA members) that contains information on the latest changes to the REACH legislation that affect the footwear industry. We also provide REACH and restricted substances seminars which can be tailored to an individual customer’s particular requirements.

How can we help?

Please contact for a copy of the SATRA’s footwear Restricted Substances List, to register for a Within REACH subscription or
for any further information on chemical testing.

Publishing Data

This article was originally published on page 48 of the March 2014 issue of SATRA Bulletin.

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