Product Safety and Compliance Seminar

compliance product safety quality assurance supply chain sustainability

Course info

AAFA, the American Apparel & Footwear Association, invites you to this whole-day seminar to get into the different processes involved with product safety.

Product safety in 2020 will continue to focus on evergreen topics like compliance, regulation, quality assurance, and chemical management, but will also be increasing to focus on environmental sustainability and proactive chemical control protocols. AAFA will convene in California to talk about how to surpass safety and compliance and bring professionals together to fill the day with the latest industry insights on today’s and tomorrow’s rules and regulations. This seminar will help practitioners with the nuances of safety since compliance is only step one.


Registration, Breakfast & Networking
9:30AM – 12:30AM

9:15AM – 9:25AM
Nate Herman, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain, American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA)

Industry Keynote
9:25AM – 10:05AM

Networking break
10:05AM – 10:30AM

Moving out of your comfort zone
10:30AM – 11:15AM

– Get help identifying the compliance questions you need to be asking factories and vendors when moving out into new factories or regions.
– Avoid interruptions in production and regulatory or compliance by strengthening your partnerships with compliance partners and factories.
– Stack your deck with this conversation about internal and partner relationships.

Greening your labels
11:15AM – 12:00PM

Products with better environmental impacts are increasing their presence in the market, but regulations on those products are developing reactively. In the absence of apparel and footwear-specific green labeling regulations and guidance, companies are left to make assumptions when designing their labels based on incomplete legislation. 
The FTC’s Green Guides are not a new tool but understanding what it covers can help companies fill in the gaps around green labeling regulations. This session will give attendees a tutorial on protecting brands with correct labeling and FTC compliance.

Lunch & Networking
12:00PM – 1:05PM

TSCA Under Trump
1:05PM – 1:45PM

The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was updated three years ago and has been undergoing rounds of chemical risk assessments for use in consumer products.
The TSCA implementation process has largely happened under a deregulation administration, receive a status update on TSCA implementation and how it will affect your supply chain.

Chrome VI & 60-Day Notices: A Litigation Update
1:45PM – 2:30PM

Chrome VI is causing a stir in the regulatory world, especially in California. Multiple groups are pursuing cases against apparel and footwear companies who sell leather products, and a joint defense has developed for a unified response.
After this session, you should have a better understanding of these specific Prop 65 cases, how it could impact you, and what steps to take to safeguard your products.

Networking Break
2:30PM – 2:55PM

Case Study: You have been served
2:55PM – 3:35PM

If you receive a 60-day notice, how does the notice work, what is its purpose, and how do you respond?This case study on Prop 65 will walk through the process of dealing with a Prop 65 notice and how the regulation can realistically be managed.
Supplement your compliance protocol with best practices to understand, deal with, and avoid Prop 65 60-day notices.

Substance Switching
3:35PM – 4:20PM

Companies are starting to substitute chemicals in their supply chains and integrate green chemistry by using RSLs and MRSLs. Before starting or growing your brand’s program, hear insights from companies that have already gone through the process.
Before tackling green chemistry or substance switching for environmental impact, make sure you join this session.

4:20PM – 4:30PM
Nate Herman, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain, American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA)

Hotel Information

Please click here to make your reservation directly with the Holiday Inn Long Beach Airport in AAFA’s room block at our negotiated rate of $149/night plus taxes & fees. The AAFA room block cut-off date is January 20, 2020; however; the room block may sell out prior to this date. Once the block is sold out, rooms and rates cannot be guaranteed.

Registration Rates

AAFA Member

Second person or more from the same member company


*Please note: to receive second person rate, there must be a paid registration at the member rate. If you registering multiple people, complete one registration first to see second person rate.

Cancellation Policy: no refunds will be issued after January 22nd, 2020. Substitutions are allowed.

About the Organiser

AAFA provides exclusive expertise in trade, brand protection, and supply chain & manufacturing to help members navigate the complex regulatory environment and lower costs. They gain unparalleled access to information and exclusive insights on regulation and policy, and premier opportunities for networking and collaboration.

AAFA stands at the forefront as a leader of positive change for the apparel and footwear industry. With integrity and purpose, AAFA delivers a unified voice on key legislative and regulatory issues. The Association enables a collaborative forum to promote best practices and innovation. 

Association’s comprehensive work ensures the continued success and growth of the apparel and footwear industry, its suppliers, and its customers.

Date and Time
Wednesday, February 5th, 2020
8:30AM to 5:00PM

2640 Lakewood Boulevard

Holiday Inn Long Beach
Long Beach, CA 90815
United States

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