What is an MRSL?
MRSL stands for Manufacturing Restricted Substances List, which refers to a list of chemicals that are either restricted or banned in the manufacture of chemical product formulations. MRSLs provide limits for chemical substances used in commercially available chemical formulations, and there should be no intentional use of these substances in process chemicals used in the production of apparel and footwear.
Why are MRSLs important to chemical risk management?
MRSLs are increasingly used by brands, retailers, and manufacturers in the leather, textiles and synthetic product sectors as a way of developing sustainable chemical management, by reducing upstream chemical risk in the supply chain. This reduction in chemical risk not only helps to protect end-users and consumers of the finished product, but also helps to protect workers who come into contact with the chemical, material or product in the supply chain. The positive effects of chemical risk management through MRSL reaches further than human interaction; it also benefits the environment, including animal and plant life, as well as improving the quality of waste water and emissions from manufacturers and production facilities.
MRSL testing refers to the testing of chemical formulations against an MRSL, to identify whether any MRSL listed chemicals are present.
MRSL testing is carried out by Eurofins | BLC to the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) MRSL, at our UK-based testing laboratory. Alternatively Eurofins | BLC can test to a company’s own MRSL (where applicable) upon request.
Eurofins | BLC have four MRSL testing packages available:
Further information on each MRSL testing package can be found on the MRSL Testing page.
Alternatively, you can contact our chemical experts at Eurofins | BLC to discuss which MRSL testing package is right for your business by calling
+44 (0) 1604 679 999 or email email@example.com
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).