MRSL testing (Manufacturing Restricted Substances List testing) is an essential component of chemical risk management, focusing further upstream in the supply chain (beyond Restricted Substance Lists (RSL) testing). Testing chemicals to an MRSL analyses chemical formulations that are used in the manufacture of materials (leather, textiles and synthetics).
Eurofins | BLC has developed the testing of chemicals to an MRSL to include a series of fully validated test methods. These test methods are then used to determine the quantity of individual chemicals within a supplied chemical formulation, against those listed on the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) MRSL.
Testing chemicals to an MRSL involves specialised chemical extraction and clean-up processes, which are dependent upon the product formulation.
Eurofins | BLC Chem-MAP is approved by ZDHC to provide MRSL testing, as part of the c-MAP Programme within the Chem-MAP family. However, Eurofins | BLC can also carry out bespoke MRSL testing, outside of the standard c-MAP Programme (if required).
The following MRSL testing packages are available:
A complete testing programme for chemical formulations, testing individual chemical formulations used in the manufacture of leather, synthetic leather and textiles, against all chemicals listed in the ZDHC MRSL (over 140 individual chemical tests).
Chemical formulations are evaluated, and ‘smart tested’ against ZDHC MRSL chemical groups, that are most likely associated with the formulation of the product, and therefore present an increased risk. Chemical groups that present a low risk (those that are unlikely to be used in the product formulation), are excluded from ‘smart testing’.
Chemical formulations can be tested for individual analytes or chemical groups listed in the ZDHC MRSL upon request.
If your company has their own MRSL (with specified limits), Eurofins | BLC can carry out bespoke MRSL testing of your chemical formulations upon request (please note for this testing turnaround times may be subject to change).
c-MAP MRSL testing packages provide your company with ZDHC Conformance and will enable ZDHC MRSL compliant chemicals to be listed on the the ZDHC Gateway.
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The following table lists groups of chemicals that can undergo MRSL testing against the ZDHC MRSL. Eurofins | BLC's full analytical capability includes chemicals within each group, which equates to over 140 separate CAS number chemicals.
|Chemical Group||Number of individual analytes tested by CAS number|
|Alkylphenol (AP) and Alkylphenol Ethoxylates (APEOs): including all isomers||15|
|Chlorobenzenes and Chlorotoluenes||Various|
|Dyes - Azo (Forming Restricted Amines)||24|
|Dyes - Navy Blue Colourant||1|
|Dyes - Carcinogenic or Equivalent Concern||13|
|Dyes - Disperse (Sensitising)||19|
|Short-chain Chlorinated Paraffins (SCCPs)||1|
|Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)||18|
|Perfluorinated and Polyfluorinated Chemicals (PFCs)||Various|
|Total Heavy Metals||5|
|Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)||5|
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.
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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).