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 V2.0, 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 Chem-MAP® programme for chemical manufacturers enables chemical companies to become ZDHC certified, to Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3.
Chemical companies who engage in the Chem-MAP® programme, with the aim of achieving ZDHC conformance for their products, are required to undertake the appropriate chemical management module(s) to achieve their desired level of conformance:
To achieve ZDHC Conformance Level 1, your business will need to complete:
To achieve ZDHC Conformance Level 2, your business will need to complete:
To achieve ZDHC Conformance Level 3, your business will need to complete:
The Chem-MAP® programme for chemical manufacturers, evaluates a chemical supplier’s readiness to supply MRSL compliant chemicals to their customers. The 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 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 V2.0 (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 that 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 Chem-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 Chem-MAP® MRSL testing requirements, in order to achieve ZDHC conformance Level 1.
In order to extend the ZDHC conformance achievement to Level 2 or 3, Chem-MAP® Modules 2 and 3 are also required.
All 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 Chem-MAP® Programme receive a Technical Report.
The Chem-MAP® Chemical Management Audit module involves an audit of a chemical manufacturing facility (multiple site audits are also available). To achieve Level 2 ZDHC certification, remote audit(s) are performed. Whereas to achieve Level 3 ZDHC certification, on-site audit(s) are performed.
Within the Chem-MAP® Chemical Management Audit, the product stewardship practices of the chemical supplier are evaluated. There are seven critical areas covered within the audit protocol, these include:
The Chem-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 Chem-MAP® Module 3 can be subdivided into two parts:
Chem-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. Chem-MAP® assessments for multiple sites are further recognised in the overall awards system.
|Grade A||290 credits*|
|Grade B||213 credits*|
|Grade C||146 credits*|
|Grade D||≤ 145 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 Chem-MAP® process|
Chem-MAP® for Chemical Manufacturers recertification will be required after 2 years.