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Traceability Regulations Continue to Frustrate Footwear and Apparel Manufacturing


State-Level Legislation Adds to Complexity of Chemical Due Diligence Reporting

Long Beach, CA, October 20, 2014 – As supply chain executives representing major brands, retailers and manufacturers convene for the 50th year in Long Beach today, one of the topics they will discuss is the regulations coming from international, US, and state-level governmental bodies that are making heads spin as manufacturers make goods to sell to consumers all around the world. At the Footwear Traffic and Distribution Conference, sponsored by FDRA (www.fdra.org), supply chain traceability solutions will be the point of discussion in a presentation by ecVision Vice President Gary M. Barraco.

The subject is timely because, while supply chain ingredients and chemical traceability have been monitored and controlled for many years now, the State of California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) recently announced the addition of clothing to the list of key products that will fall under the California Green Chemistry Initiative (CGCI) further requiring brands, retailers and suppliers to provide due diligence reports. These new regulatory actions require manufacturers to report on products that contain specific chemicals harmful to the environment such as alkyl phenol, ethoxylates, azo dyes, halogenated compounds, formaldehyde, phthalates and more. Since the release of the new work plan, controversy arises as the industry is now facing its next compliance liability.

As of today, clothing (which may include socks, stockings and other products sold by footwear brands) has been identified as containing many of the selected harmful substances. The DTSC has revealed two attributes that form the evidence for naming this product category as one of the seven key product categories it is honing in on:

  • Contains clear pathways for dermal and inhalation exposure
  • Contains chemicals with aquatic resource impacts

This investigation intends to build upon work already initiated by the clothing and textile industry to limit their use of toxic chemicals and actively work toward restricting the use of certain chemicals, such as the restricted substances lists (RSL). The RSLs are based on the most stringent worldwide legislation, which the industry has for years contributed to in order to produce safe and legally compliant products.

Manufacturers are expected to begin investigating these chemicals and limiting the use under the CGCI once, the law is finalized. The initiative boils down to traceability and outlining exactly what substances are being used in the products sold in the State of California. This means the need for data collection and analysis, in conjunction with strong reporting tools, is necessary to avoid potential litigation. ecVision SuiteTM provides a platform to consolidate the tasks and information required for organizations to minimize risk and cost of traceability. Retailers and manufacturers need to focus on legitimately collaborating with the supplier network to manage risk on all levels in order to avoid costly fines, delays in production and shipping, or lawsuits from customers. Whether using external testing company platforms, home grown or legacy systems, or Excel spreadsheets, the data is scattered and not integrated into the primary supply chain management solution. Real-time visibility, workflow and management-by-exception in the ecVision Suite provides a simplified way to holistically manage product safety and compliance.

To learn more about ecVision Suite visit our website at www.ecVision.com or contact us at reach_us@ecvision.com

About ecVision ecVision offers a cloud-based supply chain collaboration platform that optimizes product lifecycle and supply chain processes. The enterprise platform, ecVision Suite™, reflects the standardized business processes from design to delivery, creating a single collaborative solution for private label brands, retailers and their trading partners. With increased visibility and workflow, users can improve their reaction time to demand changes, shorten product lifecycles, lower product and materials costs, and improve sourcing and logistics efficiencies. Learn more at www.ecvision.com.

Lydia Mageean Lydia Mageean has been part of the WhichPLM team for eight years now. She has a creative and media background, and is responsible for maintaining and updating our website content, liaising with advertisers, working on special projects like our PLM Project Pack, or our Annual Publications, and more.Joining mid-2013 as our Online Editor, she has since become WhichPLM’s Editor. In addition to taking on writing and interviewing responsibilities, Lydia has also become the primary point of contact for news, events, features and other aspects of our ever-growing online content library and tools.