Chem-MAP Chemical Management Audits

What is a Chemical Management Audit and who should have one?

The responsible management of chemicals is a critical element of sustainable business practice with brands and retailers becoming increasingly concerned about the upstream chemical inputs into materials, and the impact on both people and the environment.

Brands and retailers, manufacturers and chemical or material suppliers could all benefit from a Chem-MAP Chemical Management Audit to inform their management of chemicals throughout the whole supply chain. A thorough and accurate audit can provide you with assurance that your suppliers are;

  • Complying with ZDHC objectives
  • Minimising MRSL and RSL failures
  • Maximising worker safety
  • Reducing the risk of product and material contamination

What is involved in a Chem-MAP Chemical Management Audit?

The Chem-MAP Team will conduct an independent on-site audit of your chemical management systems. This audit focuses on your processes and the effectiveness of their implementation at all levels of the supply chain.

The Chem-MAP auditor will look at your processes and the effectiveness of their implementation in the global supply chain, including; 

  • Structure and content of the chemical management policy
  • Alignment of policy with corporate philosophies
  • Scope of materials tested
  • Scope of testing and limits
  • Frequency of testing
  • Due diligence on finished product
  • Failure management and corrective action
  • Effectiveness of the communication of policy and process
  • Material procurement
  • On-boarding process for new suppliers or materials
  • Policy review process and frequency
  • Future proofing (changes in industry direction and or legislation)
  • Global perspectives
  • Completion of recommended actions from previous Chem-MAP audit where applicable

Why Chem-MAP?

The Chem-MAP team includes chemists, consultants and regulatory experts who have a proven track record of successful collaboration with many global brands on chemical management audits. We can work with Brands, retailers, manufacturers and chemical or material suppliers, across various material types including leather, textiles, synthetics, and hardware. We also recommended an annual re-audit to monitor ongoing compliance and improvements. Read about Chem-MAP or subscribe to our Chem-CHAT newsletter to find out more.

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.

Testing for Chemical Companies & Manufacturers
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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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Contact Us

“Call Eurofins | BLC to talk about Chem-MAP”

+44 (0) 1604 679 999

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