ZDHC Level 3 Conformity

Published 12th November 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 c-MAP on the route to ZHDC Level 3 conformance are required to undertake three key modules:



Module 1: MRSL Testing of Chemical Formulations

Upon chemical manufacturer engagement to the ZDHC Chemical Module and the Gateway listing of their commercial chemical portfolio, chemical formulators are effectively making a self-declaration that their products are conformant to the ZDHC MRSL (achieving Level 0 conformance).


Within a 2-year period, chemical manufacturers are required to enrol with a ZDHC Accepted Certification Standard to increase their conformance rating.


A requirement of all c-MAP conformance level awards is MRSL testing of chemical formulations. An intelligent product selection is made from the ZHDC Gateway listed sales items and a proportion are selected for testing against the ZDHC MRSL:


  • Complete MRSL Testing of Chemical Formulations– 5%* will undergo testing against all of the chemicals listed on the ZDHC MRSL (over 140 individual chemical tests)


  • Smart Testing’ of Chemical Formulations– 10%* will undergo risk assessed MRSL testing, against chemical groups that present potential risk in specific chemical use categories


*Please note these numbers are subject to change, depending on the minimum number of products uploaded and level of risk assigned. A minimum of 25 chemical formulations will be selected for MRSL testing (10 to FULL MRSL and 15 to RISK ASSESSED MRSL – if fewer we will test all).


Module 2: On-site Chemical Management Audit(s)

On the c-MAP route to Level 3 certification, chemical companies must also undertake an on-site Chemical Management Audit of their primary chemical manufacturing facility (multiple site audits are also available). During the on-site audit the following parameters are reviewed:

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


Module 3: Supply Chain Transparency

The final aspect reviewed during c-MAP Level 3 certification is supply chain transparency. During this module the verification of suppliers and subcontractor management processes is reviewed by two method


Supply Chain Transparency Evaluation

An on-site review and benchmarking exercise (conducted alongside the Module 2: Chemical Management Audit


MRSL Testing of Raw Materials

Raw materials – the chemicals used in the formulation of commercial formulated chemicals

10% of the raw materials (used in the formulation of the chemical company’s ZDHC Gateway portfolio), will undergo ‘smart testing’, based on a selection of chemical risk groups associated with specific chemical classes


c-MAP provides a tiered approach to support with implementing responsible chemical management, to reduce risk within upstream supply chains and also enables recognition of those who already manage risk within a credible way. Thereby enabling downstream users of chemistry to make responsible upstream choices, in a holistic approach to sustainable chemical management.


How Chem-Map Can Help

Begin your route to responsible chemistry with Chem-MAP. If you would like to achieve Level 3 Chem-MAP Certification through the c-MAP Programme, contact the Chem-MAP team at Eurofins | BLC today.


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