Programme

Certified Chemical Companies

Achieve ZDHC Conformance with Chem-MAP Certification through the c-MAP Programme

Chemical companies around the world will benefit from becoming Chem-MAP Certified through the c-MAP Programme, enabling chemical manufacturers to gain ZDHC Conformance Level 1 and Level 3.

Chem-MAP Certification through c-MAP provides chemical manufacturers with:

  • ZDHC Conformance to Level 1 or Level 3
  • ZDHC compliant chemical formulations listed on the ZDHC Gateway updated to show certification of ZDHC Conformance Level 1 or Level 3
  • Recognition of the chemical company’s commitment to responsible chemistry
  • Assurance of chemical supply chain transparency through on-site audits and MRSL testing (ZDHC Conformance Level 3 only)
  • A competitive edge when marketing chemical formulations

 

How to become a Certified Chemical Company through the c-MAP Programme

Chemical companies who engage in the c-MAP Programme with the aim of being awarded ZDHC Conformance for their products, are required to undertake the relevant c-MAP module(s) to achieve their desired level of conformance:

ZDHC Conformance Level Requirements
Level 1 Module 1: c-MAP MRSL Testing
Level 3 Module 1: c-MAP MRSL Testing

Module 2: c-MAP Chemical Management Audit

Module 3: c-MAP Chemical Supply Chain Transparency

 

Chem-MAP: c-MAP Modules

The c-MAP Programme evaluates a chemical supplier’s readiness to supply MRSL compliant chemicals. It involves both the testing of chemicals and site audits (including supplier assessments).

 

Module 1: c-MAP MRSL Testing (Level 1 and Level 3)

The c-MAP MRSL testing module begins with chemical manufacturers uploading their product portfolios (which they self-declare conform to the requirements of the ZDHC MRSL) to the ZDHC Gateway, which entitles them to a ZDHC Conformance Level 0.

In order to achieve a higher level of conformance, an intelligent product selection of a company’s uploaded ZDHC Gateway listed product portfolio will need to be tested against the ZDHC MRSL under the c-MAP testing module, which is divided into two parts:

  • Complete MRSL Testing of Chemical Formulations – a proportion (5%*) of the listed ZDHC Gateway chemical formulations will undergo testing against all of the chemicals listed in the ZDHC MRSL (over 140 individual chemical tests)
  • ‘Smart Testing’ of Chemical Formulations – a proportion (10%*) of the ZDHC Gateway listed chemicals will undergo ‘Smart Testing’ against the ZDHC MRSL chemical groups according to risk. ‘Smart Testing’ uses testing principles which are based upon the guidelines published by ZDHC (Annex A – Quality Control Guidance for Analytical Test Data Supporting ZDHC MRSL Conformance).

* Please note that percentages are based upon the percentages of products intended to be uploaded onto the ZDHC Gateway. These numbers are subject to change, depending on the minimum number of products uploaded and level of risk assigned.

 

The c-MAP MRSL testing module relies on the chemical testing of multiple batches of the same chemical products, to investigate the consistence of the chemical product supplied and the formulations are required to pass the c-MAP requirements of this MRSL testing programme in order to achieve ZDHC Conformance Level 1.

In order to achieve ZDHC Conformance Level 3, c-MAP Modules 2 and 3 are also required.

All c-MAP MRSL testing is carried out within the analytical laboratory at Eurofins | BLC Leather Technology Centre Ltd., based in the UK.

View a Sample Technical Report for Leather Processing

On completion of MRSL testing of chemical formulations for leather processing, chemical companies on the c-MAP Programme receive a Technical Report.

View the c-MAP Technical Report Sample for Leather Processing.

 

Module 2: c-MAP Chemical Management Audit

The c-MAP Chemical Management Audit module involves an on-site audit of a chemical manufacturing facility (multiple site audits are also available). Within the c-MAP Chemical Management Audit, the product stewardship practices of the chemical supplier are evaluated. There are six critical areas covered within the audit protocol, these include:

  • Management Controls
  • Chemical Selection and Assessment
  • Chemical Storage
  • Chemical Use
  • Chemical Disposal
  • Chemical Distribution

 

Module 3: c-MAP Chemical Supply Chain Transparency

The c-MAP Supply Chain Transparency module is a verification process used to evaluate the supply chain of the chemical manufacturer, focusing on supplier and subcontractor management processes.

The c-MAP Module 3 can be subdivided into two parts:

 

On-site Assessment:

  • Used to assess the chemical manufacturers supply chain, this includes subcontracted activities which are likely to incur additional chemical risk
  • The c-MAP Module 3 assessment is carried out alongside the c-MAP Chemical Management Audit (Module 2)

 

Testing of Raw Materials:

  • A percentage of the raw materials used in the formulation of commercial chemical products are subjected to the Eurofins | BLC Due Diligence Testing Standard

 

c-MAP for Multiple Chemical Sites

c-MAP can be extended within the applicant company to include additional chemical production sites. Assessment of multiple sites is viewed positively, as it further supports better management of chemical risk.

c-MAP assessments for multiple sites will be further recognised in the overall c-MAP Programme awards system.

 

 

c-MAP Awards

  • Credits are awarded for each of the three c-MAP modules, Modules 1, 2 and 3
  • For each module a maximum of 100 credits can be awarded
  • Upon completion of the full c-MAP Programme credits are combined to provide an overall Grade for the facility:
Site Award Credits
Grade A 250 credits*
Grade B 225 credits*
Grade C 200 credits*
Grade D 150 credits*

* Minimum requirement.

 

In the case of multi-site audits of chemical manufacturing facilities, additional company awards are obtainable:

Company Awards (Multiple Sites) Grades
Leader Achievement of “Grade A” at main production site and at least “Grade B” for all other major production sites
Advanced Achievement of “Grade B” at main production site and at least “Grade C” for all other major production sites
Professional Achievement of “Grade C” at main production site and at least “Grade D” for all other major production sites
Engaged For manufacturers engaged in the c-MAP process

 

Recertification

c-MAP recertification will be required after 2 years.

 

Your Next Step: Contact Eurofins | BLC to engage with the c-MAP Programme

If your company would like to achieve ZDHC Conformance Level 1 or Level 3 and Chem-MAP Certification through the c-MAP Programme, contact Eurofins | BLC today to discuss your requirements. You can complete the contact form at the bottom of this web page or alternatively call the Chem-MAP Team at Eurofins | BLC on +44 (0) 1604 679 999 or email info@chem-map.com.

Start Your Journey to Certified Chemical Management with Chem-MAP

If your company manufactures leather, textile and synthetic raw materials or finished products, your business can engage in Chem-MAP. Engaging with Chem-MAP provides your business with more than just a badge; Chem-MAP shows your customers and suppliers that your company is committed to responsible chemistry which protects consumers, workers and the environment.

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Become Chem-MAP Certified

Certified Chemical Companies

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.

Suppliers of Chemicals
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Approved Manufacturers of Materials

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.

Manufacturers of Materials
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Associate Brands & Retailers

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.

Brands & Retailers
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MRSL Testing Services

Achieve ZDHC Conformance Level 1 through MRSL testing at Eurofins | 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.

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Chem-MAP: Cleaner Chemistry for a Safer World


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).

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  • Eurofins BLC Leather Technology Centre Ltd
    Kings Park Road
    Moulton Park
    Northampton
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    United Kingdom

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