(Filed Under Fashion News). The American Apparel and Footwear Association has created a new council to handle product safety regulations and issues facing in the fashion industry.
The Product Safety Council takes these responsibilities from the AAFA's Childrenswear Marketing Division, which will be folded into the new council.
"While product safety has always been a concern for all AAFA members, recent events in other consumer product industries, and the resulting legislation that also impacts the apparel and footwear industries, spotlighted the need for a dedicated committee for these issues," said Kevin M Burke, president and chief execuive of the AAFA.
The council emerges as product safety has come to the fore as a prominent issue affecting various industries, fueled particularly by the spread of globalization. In August, President Bush signed into law a bill that bans toxic paints and phthlates in toys. Most recently, the Bush administration has come under fire for considering federal rules that would protect corporations in many industries who apply with federal laws from being sued for product liability.
The council will provide tools such as an implementation calendar and summary for recent product safety legislation and a guide to Consumer Product Safety Commission standards affecting the footwear and apparel industries. It will also host seminars in the U.S. and around the world, AAFA said.
The first Product Safety Council meeting will be held in Washington D.C. on Dec. 3. It will focus on current product safety legislation and the future of the council.
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