Chemical companies can become ZDHC Level 1 or Level 3 approved suppliers by engaging with the c-MAP Programme. ‘Certified Chemical Company’ status is awarded upon the successful completion of chemical management audits, supply chain transparency and MRSL testing modules in the c-MAP Programme.
Join the m-MAP Programme as a supplier of materials or products to become an ‘Approved Manufacturer of Materials’. The m-MAP Programme provides your company with a structured award through the completion of online training modules, chemical inventory management and chemical management audits.
Brands and retailers can show consumers their commitment to responsible chemical management through the b-MAP Programme and achieve ‘Associate Brand and Retailer’ status. b-MAP supports ZDHC objectives through education, guidance, policy advice and supply chain management support.
Achieve ZDHC Conformance Level 1 through MRSL testing at BLC’s accredited laboratory to fully validated methods, that incorporate all MRSL listed substances. MRSL testing verifies the chemical composition of formulations to the ZDHC MRSL or customers’ own MRSLs for international chemical compliance.
Developed by BLC Leather Technology Centre Ltd. in partnership with Vert-Tex, Chem-MAP prevents harmful chemicals from entering the leather, textile and synthetic materials supply chain, protecting workers, consumers, and the environment.
Chemical companies, materials manufacturers, brands and retailers achieve an internationally recognised award through one of three programmes in the Chem-MAP family. Achieving a Chem-MAP award signifies the use of responsible chemicals in the production of consumer goods.
Chem-MAP is the future of chemical management in leather, textile and synthetic materials supply chains.
LANXESS has engaged with Chem-MAP through the c-MAP Programme which is especially designed for chemical companies to achieve ZDHC Conformance Level 1 and Level 3. By completing the c-MAP Programme, LANXESS will be demonstrating commitment to responsible chemical management, which will have a positive impact on their materials supply chain including all downstream users.
LANXESS is a leading speciality chemicals company with sales of EUR 9.7 billion in 2017. LANXESS has 19,200 employees in 25 countries and is represented at 74 production sites worldwide. LANXESS develops, manufactures and markets chemical intermediates, additives, speciality chemicals and plastics. Chemicals from LANXESS are used in tanneries throughout the world…
In addition to the two Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) previously confirmed to be included in the Candidate List update for June/July 2018 (TMA and DCHP). The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) has confirmed the addition of a further 8 chemicals previously under review, bringing the list to a total of 191 chemicals. 10 …Read More 11/07/2018
Responsible chemical management is fast becoming an absolute requirement for any brand or retailer as part of a sustainable product offering. This is invariably placing pressure on upstream manufacturers to provide products that are produced in the absence of hazardous chemistry. This means an additional effort around chemical management for the entire upstream supply chain …Read More 28/06/2018
Environmental pollution through poor chemical management is a hot topic in the manufacturing sector, in particular for the leathergoods, footwear and apparel industries. NGOs have made environmental pollution of waterways through untreated or contaminated effluent from factories, a feature of targeted campaigns aimed at the consumers of brands and retailers. A key reason for contaminated …Read More 22/06/2018
If your business manufactures or supplies toys, then you need to be aware of the changes in the limit of extractable chromium VI in EN71-3. In May 2018, the European Commission published a Commission Directive (EU) 2018/725 amending the limit for extractable chromium VI in category III under the European Toy Safety Directive (BS EN …Read More 18/06/2018
BLC are excited to announce a new addition to our Marketing team, Alarna Sparrey. Alarna has joined BLC as a Graduate Marketing Executive and will be supporting all BLC marketing channels both online and offline. A significant portion of Alarna’s time will be writing and distributing new material across webpages and social media platforms in …Read More 14/06/2018
The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) has announced its intention to add Trimellitic Anhydride (TMA) and dicyclohexyl phthalate (DCHP) as new Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) to the Candidate List in June/July 2018. In addition to the confirmed two chemicals there are another eight potential SVHC’s. If you manufacture or import articles into the European …Read More 11/06/2018
A new standard has been published by ISO for the thermal pre-aging process of leather to assess the propensity of chromium VI formation, otherwise known as the chrome VI heat ageing test. How does ISO 10195:2018 affect leather manufacturing? ISO 10195:2018 affects chromium tanned leather and therefore leather manufacturers and producers of leathergoods that …Read More 06/06/2018
In March 2018, a draft regulation was circulated by the World Trade Organisation (WTO), proposing an amendment to entry 51 under Annex XVII of REACH, concerning the restriction of phthalates, due to be adopted in the latter half of 2018 for toys and childcare articles. The proposed changes to entry 51 under Annex XVII of …Read More 31/05/2018
BLC have recently purchased two new pieces of state-of-the-art analytical laboratory equipment used in the provision of chemical testing services for Chem-MAP, MRSL testing, RSL testing and analytical testing. The new analytical equipment will enable BLC to further broaden the range of chemicals we can test for and help to maintain our commitment to deliver …Read More 16/05/2018
Global chemical supplier LANXESS has recently engaged with the BLC Chem-MAP programme with the goal of achieving ZDHC Conformance Level 3 through the c-MAP route. The ZDHC approved Chem-MAP programme has been developed to certify suppliers of commercial chemical formulations, ensuring that their chemical products are compliant to MRSL specification, as well as being responsibly …Read More 10/04/2018
MRSL and RSL are terms used in relation to managing restricted substances during the manufacturing process and finished products respectively. Both are often used as chemical checklists to support product safety and chemical management activities. However, there is often some misunderstanding and confusion between what MRSL and RSL are and when to use a RSL …Read More 26/02/2018
Chem-MAP is a new, innovative process for verifying MRSL compliance of supplied chemical formulations to ZDHC conformance level 1 and level 3…Read More 01/01/2018
Is your business committed to ZDHC objectives and responsible chemistry? Chem-MAP certification tells your customers and consumers that you are…Read More 01/01/2018
Attend the Sustainability in the Leather Supply Chain Conference in Hong Kong to find out more about the BLC Chem-MAP Programme…Read More 01/01/2018
Seven new chemicals have been added to the ECHA Candidate List, which now features 181 Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs)…Read More 01/01/2018
Watch the Chem-MAP video to see how this new ZDHC approved MRSL verification programme is engaging all organisations in the leather, textile and synthetic materials supply chains to drive the use of responsible chemistry in the manufacture of consumer products.
Chem-MAP is a preventative system that protects businesses, workers, consumers and the environment, and rewards businesses that engage through certification, approved status, training and technical support. Chem-MAP offers three programmes which are specifically designed for chemical companies (c-MAP Programme), manufacturers (m-MAP Programme) and brands and retailers (b-MAP Programme).