The journey to ZDHC conformance begins with the chemical manufacturer uploading their product portfolio onto the ZDHC Gateway. This process is effectively the chemical company’s self-declaration, that their Gateway listed products are conformant to the limits specified in the ZDHC MRSL, entitling them to achieve Level 0 ZDHC conformance for a limited time period.
In order to achieve a higher level of ZDHC conformance, chemical manufacturers are required to engage with a ZDHC Accepted Certification Standard, such as Chem-MAP®.
The c-MAP programme is a Chem-MAP® product which enables chemical manufacturers to become ZDHC certified, to Level 1 and Level 3.
Chemical companies who engage in the c-MAP programme, with the aim of achieving ZDHC conformance for their products, are required to undertake the appropriate c-MAP module(s) to achieve their desired level of conformance:
Your business will need to complete:
Your business will need to complete:
The c-MAP programme evaluates a chemical supplier’s readiness to supply MRSL compliant chemicals to their customers. The c-MAP assessment involves both the testing of chemical formulations and site audits, which also evaluate the management of suppliers.
In order to achieve a higher level of ZDHC conformance, an intelligent product selection of a company’s uploaded ZDHC Gateway listed product portfolio will need to be tested against the ZDHC MRSL. The c-MAP MRSL testing module is divided into two parts:
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)
A proportion (10%*) of the ZDHC Gateway listed chemicals will undergo ‘Smart Testing’ against the ZDHC MRSL chemical groups according to risk matrices. ‘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. The formulations are required to pass the c-MAP MRSL testing requirements, in order to achieve ZDHC conformance Level 1.
In order to extend the ZDHC conformance achievement to 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.
On completion of MRSL testing of chemical formulations for leather processing, chemical companies on the c-MAP Programme receive a Technical Report.
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:
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:
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 improved management of chemical risk. c-MAP assessments for multiple sites are further recognised in the overall c-MAP Programme awards system.
|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:
On the completion of two or more chemical management audits, chemical manufacturers are eligible to achieve Chem-MAP® Multi-site Award status, dependent on the grades awarded for individual site audits:
|Company Awards (Multiple Sites)||Grades|
|Leader||Achievement of “Grade A” at the main production site and at least “Grade B” for all other major production sites|
|Advanced||Achievement of “Grade B” at the main production site and at least “Grade C” for all other major production sites|
|Progressive||Achievement of “Grade C” at the main production site and at least “Grade D” for all other major production sites|
|Engaged||For manufacturers engaged in the c-MAP process|
c-MAP recertification will be required after 2 years.