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Restricted Substances List

What is Restricted Substances List testing?

Restricted Substances Lists (RSL) testing helps manufacturers and retailers ensure their products comply with the fast-changing regulations and standards that govern which kind of chemicals and substances can be used in products. RSL testing involves putting a product through a range of laboratory tests to ascertain which substances are used in the product, as well as reviewing the manufacturer’s product notes. A report and certification can then be produced to demonstrate that the product is compliant.

The benefits of an RSL testing

Many restricted chemicals and substances continue to be used in the production process. The RSL is a practical tool to help alert your business as to whether the chemicals and materials used in your products are permitted. It enables you to control the use of these substances in your own processes, as well as those of suppliers and retailers across your supply chain. This is increasingly important, as most major brands now insist that their stakeholders and partners conform to RSL guidelines.

TÜV SÜD keeps you up to date with RSL and toxic substance lists

TÜV SÜD assists manufacturers and retailers to understand the varying international regulations on hazardous substance use in different markets. We help you to meet regulatory requirements to comply with legislation such as RoHS and REACH in the EU, as well as US state law requirements such as California Proposition 65.

We are well-equipped with laboratory facilities to offer testing solutions that help to comply with legislation. We keep you updated on forthcoming changes to RSL guidelines and how these changes will affect your products.

TÜV SÜD’s range of safety marks for chemical content is backed by our reputation as an independent solutions provider and helps demonstrate your commitment to safety. Our dedicated experts are highly qualified in various consumer product items, providing advice that goes from product inception through risk analysis to the finished product. We have more than 100 accreditations worldwide, enabling us to expedite your testing, inspection and certification needs by carrying out multiple tests on your product.

Our experts offer extensive knowledge of the relevant market regulations in standards, testing and conformity requirements so that your product remains in line with the latest regulatory changes.

Our services include:

  • Updating the Restricted Substances List (RSL) in relation to your products
  • Alerting you to hazardous substances in your products
  • Auditing your supply chain to discover the source of a restricted substance
  • Ensure you are compliant with the RoHS substance list

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