Responsible chemical management is a growing area of importance for supply chains. Stakeholder groups such as Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) are highlighting the benefits of effective chemical management and upstream supplier management. In a manufacturing environment, the management of chemicals is key to meeting the requirements of downstream brand and retailer customers. It is important to have processes...Read More
Responsible chemical management is a growing area of importance for supply chains. Stakeholder groups such as Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) are highlighting the benefits of effective chemical management and upstream supplier management. In a manufacturing environment, the management of chemicals is key to meeting the requirements of downstream brand and retailer customers. It …Read More 19/12/2018
The ZDHC Gateway Chemical Module is an advanced search database that enables ZDHC engaged participants to responsibly manage chemicals within their supply chains. The use of the Gateway enables value chain affiliates in the leather, textile and synthetic sectors to verify whether chemicals manufactured and used within the production of their products, are compliant to …Read More 19/12/2018
RAPEX is the EU rapid alert system for all dangerous consumer products, with the exception of food, pharmaceutical and medical devices. It allows for the rapid exchange of information between Member States and the Commission of measures taken to prevent or restrict the marketing or use of products posing a serious risk to the health …Read More 18/12/2018
The word sustainable can be interpreted in many ways, especially in the case of sustainable fashion. Some consumers see sustainability as pollution free and limited chemical used in production, where the focus is on environmental impact. Whereas, others relate sustainability to social compliance with fair rights for workers and emphasis on good labour practice. …Read More 18/12/2018
Peter Gregory, Chem-MAP’s Lead Auditor was invited to present the Chem-MAP programme to the TEGEWA leather chemicals group in October 2018. TEGEWA, established in Germany is an association of manufacturers of chemicals, representing the textile, paper, leather auxiliaries and colourants, surfactants, complexing agents, antimicrobial agents, polymeric flocculants, cosmetic raw materials, pharmaceutical excipients and allied …Read More 18/12/2018
The concept of commodity contamination is coming to light due to the potential of hazardous chemical contaminants being present in leather, textile and synthetic wastewaters. Wastewaters are potentially contaminated with hazardous substances such as APEO’s phthalates, chlorobenzene, toluene and other restricted chemicals. The textile industry may be overlooking the problem of chemical contaminants because …Read More 17/12/2018
ZDHC is a multi-stakeholder group consisting of brands, retailers, value chain affiliates and contributors, whose ambition is to eliminate the use of hazardous chemicals within the production of textiles, footwear and apparel (www.roadmaptozero.com). Annually, the organisation holds a week of meetings targeting different stakeholders within the organisation as well as their Friends event. The annual …Read More 17/12/2018
Eurofins | BLC and International Leather Maker held their annual Leather and Sustainability in Retail Conference in Westminster London on 15th November 2018. The event saw a range of delegates spanning the breadth of the leather industry, come together to discuss topical sustainability themes. Speakers discussed an array of topics and sparked both contentious …Read More 17/12/2018
Why is Chemical Management Important? To achieve a stable and conforming product the responsible management of chemicals is a critical element of sustainable business practice. Compliance with brand restricted chemical requirements is now an essential part of material manufacturing and product supply. In addition, brands and retailers are increasingly concerned about the upstream chemical inputs …Read More 17/12/2018
Peter Gregory is an experienced Lead Auditor and Consultant specialising in the field of sustainable chemical management. Born and educated in the UK, with an MSc in Polymer Science and a wide knowledge of chemistry and formulations, Peter has greater than 45 years’ experience working for chemical manufacturers globally. Peter is the founder of …Read More 17/12/2018
Happy Holidays and Season’s Greetings from the Chem-MAP Team. During the holiday season our testing laboratory will be open on selected days – please see below the schedule from 24th December 2018: Monday 24th December (Christmas Eve) – Open 9am – 5pm Tuesday 25th December (Christmas Day) – Closed Wednesday 26th December (Boxing …Read More 06/12/2018
Introducing Chem-CHAT, a new informative bulletin from the Chem-MAP team. Supporting the objectives of the Chem-MAP programme, Chem-CHAT will provide a regular update of chemical related stories and services to support better understanding of the challenges relating to improved chemical management within the entire supply chain. Chem-CHAT has a focus on leather, textile and synthetic materials, the …Read More 29/11/2018
‘Fast fashion’ is a modern-day term used to describe how fashion retailers move design quickly to capture current fashion trends. Historically designers presented new collections during spring and autumn. In an attempt to stay ‘on trend’, some retailers are updating their product ranges with much high frequency, even weekly. Marketing promotions such as limited time …Read More 21/11/2018
Effluent describes the wastewater that flows from a treatment plant, sewer or industrial outfall. The treatment of effluent is vital before it is discharged into oceans, rivers and streams to prevent damage to the environment, animals and to human health. It is the responsibility of manufacturers to treat their effluent correctly. A considerable amount …Read More 21/11/2018
The term Microplastics is defined as plastics that are smaller than 5 millimetres, which due to their size can be released into water bodies through insufficient filtration systems at effluent treatment plants. They are known by most to be added to care or cleaning products such as: toothpaste and scrubs. However, what is unknown is …Read More 21/11/2018
There is a growing interest within brands and retailers to respond to questions relating to vegan products. Whilst it is easy to determine if the main materials used in a product are vegan (ie not of animal origin), it is difficult to be certain that the chemical formulations used in the manufacture of the products …Read More 21/11/2018
Global chemical supplier LANXESS is engaged with the Chem-MAP programme with the goal of achieving ZDHC Conformance Level 3 for all Gateway listed chemicals through the c-MAP route. To be part of ZDHC Conformance Level 3 the organisation must undergo three modules: Module 1: c-MAP MRSL Testing Module 2: c-MAP Chemical Management Audit Module 3: …Read More 21/11/2018
The c-MAP Programme within Chem-MAP enables Chemical Manufacturers to become certified to ZDHC Conformance levels: Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Chem-MAP is a ZDHC Accepted Certification Standard and was one of the first verification systems to offer Level 3 MRSL conformance, the highest level of ZDHC conformity. Chemical manufacturers that engage with …Read More 12/11/2018
New limits for 33 textiles chemicals under REACH On 10th October 2018, the European Commission published Regulation (EU) 1513/2018 that modifies Annex XVII to REACH Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 by including a new entry (Entry 72). These new requirements shall be applicable from 1 November 2020. Brands, retailers and manufacturers of textiles and textile …Read More 12/11/2018
A holistic, responsible approach to 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 materials that are produced with responsible chemistry. A major milestone for the textile, synthetics and leather industries was the release …Read More 12/11/2018
MRSL and RSL are terms used regarding managing restricted substances during the manufacturing process and finished products. Both are often used as chemical checklists to support product safety and chemical management activities for your business. However, there is often some misunderstanding and confusion between MRSL and RSL and when to use a RSL or MRSL. …Read More 12/11/2018
m-MAP is a specially designed programme within Chem-MAP to support manufacturers of materials with implementing responsible chemical management in their supply chains. The m-MAP Programme is divided into two key modules: Module 1 – Chem-MAP Approved Technician (CAT) Module 2 – Chem-MAP Approved Manufacturer (CAM) Module 1 of m-MAP consists of …Read More 12/11/2018
RAPEX is the EU rapid alert system for all dangerous consumer products, with the exception of food, pharmaceutical and medical devices. It allows for the rapid exchange of information between Member States and the Commission of measures taken to prevent or restrict the marketing or use of products posing a serious risk to the health …Read More 09/11/2018
What is Chem-MAP? Chem-MAP is a ZDHC approved MRSL verification system, supporting sustainable supply chain chemical management. Developed by Eurofins | BLC 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 can achieve …Read More 09/11/2018
Chris Jacklin has spent over 30 years in the worldwide leather industry. He was born and educated in the UK. Chris is a certified Lead auditor-CQI & IRCA Certified ISO 14001 :2015 Lead Auditor (Environmental Management Systems). With extensive experience in speciality chemical fields (primarily leather chemicals), Chris has a wealth of knowledge under his …Read More 08/11/2018
Technical Director – Victoria Addy Victoria is responsible for the operational aspects of Eurofins | BLC’s technical business, including research, innovation, and testing services. Technical Manager – Georgina Mawer Georgina is responsible for the chemical and regulatory compliance activities at Eurofins | BLC. …Read More 08/11/2018
As Compliance Lead at Eurofins | BLC, Georgina works with brands, retailers and manufacturers in the management of restricted chemicals and hazardous substances within their supply chains. Georgina supports global brands with chemical compliance, due diligence programmes, EU and International legislation and chemical troubleshooting. In addition, Georgina is the Technical Manager for Eurofins | BLC …Read More 02/11/2018
Tattoo Ink Chemicals and European Regulations Tattoos are becoming increasingly common across Europe. Currently 12% of Europeans and 24% of United States’ citizens have tattoos or permanent make-up (PMU). The inks used are mixtures of chemicals that are inserted into the body and may stay there for life. Because of their nature long-term exposure to …Read More 09/10/2018
How does Chem-MAP provide chemical management solutions for the entire supply chain? If you subscribe to Ecotextile News, you may see an article answering this question in the October/November printed magazine and/or on the Ecotextile News website today. This article introduces Chem-MAP as a chemical management solution for the entire supply chain through the …Read More 03/09/2018
Chemical Formulation Verification Chem-MAP provides businesses with a ZDHC approved system for chemical formulation verification to the ZDHC MRSL. This not only benefits chemical companies who can retail verified chemical formulations through the ZDHC Gateway; Chem-MAP also supports the downstream supply chain as well as protecting consumers and the environment. Chemical formulation verification allows chemical …Read More 30/08/2018
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
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.
Find a programme that works for your company.Become Chem-MAP Certified
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 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.
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).