Who are ZDHC?

ZDHC stands for Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals which is an organisation dedicated to eliminating hazardous chemicals, and implementing sustainable chemicals in the leather, textile and synthetics sectors.

The ZDHC Programme is a multi-stakeholder group which includes brands, value chain affiliates and associates, that work collaboratively to implement responsible chemical management practices.


What is the ZDHC MRSL?

One of the tools which ZDHC have developed to achieve their objective is the ZDHC MRSL. The ZDHC MRSL is designed to support brands, retailers, suppliers and manufacturers with a unified approach to managing chemicals during the processing of chemical formulations, within the apparel and footwear supply chain.

The ZDHC MRSL contains a number of restricted substances which are segmented into two chapters:

  • Chapter 1: MRSL for Textiles and Synthetic Leather Processing
  • Chapter 2: MRSL for Leather Processing

View the ZDHC MRSL


How does MRSL Testing relate to Eurofins | BLC’s Chem-MAP Family?

MRSL testing is a fundamental element of the c-MAP Programme, within Eurofins | BLC’s Chem-MAP family. Chem-MAP is a ZDHC Accepted Certification Standard for ZDHC MRSL compliance. Commercial chemical formulations (from chemical suppliers) are extracted and tested for compliance to the ZDHC MRSL at Eurofins | BLC’s analytical testing laboratory. The testing methods used are fully validated for each of the ZDHC listed MRSL chemicals.

ZDHC MRSL compliant products contribute towards chemical companies becoming Chem-MAP Certified; where applicable, chemical companies are issued with certification for their c-MAP certified products. Compliant chemical formulations, are uploaded onto the ZDHC Gateway, and are awarded a Level 1 or Level 3 ZDHC compliance status, depending upon the c-MAP programme undertaken.

See how the c-MAP Programme works


Talk to Eurofins | BLC about MRSL Testing Packages

Eurofins | BLC can carry out MRSL testing of commercial chemical formulations to the ZDHC MRSL, as well as to a customer specified MRSL:

  • Package 1 — Complete MRSL Testing of Chemical Formulations
  • Package 2 — ‘Smart Testing’ of Chemical Formulations
  • Package 3 — MRSL Testing of Individual Analytes or Chemical Groups
  • Package 4 — Customer Specified MRSL Testing

Find out more about Eurofins |  BLC MRSL testing packages

If your business needs further information on the ZDHC MRSL, MRSL Testing or Chem-MAP, contact us today by calling +44 (0) 1604 679 999 or info@chem-map.com.

Start Your Journey to Certified Chemical Management with Chem-MAP

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

Certified Chemical Companies

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.

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Approved Manufacturers of Materials

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.

Manufacturers of Materials
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Associate Brands & Retailers

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.

Brands & Retailers
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MRSL Testing Services

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.

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Chem-MAP: Cleaner Chemistry for a Safer World

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).

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Contact Us

“Call Eurofins | BLC to talk about Chem-MAP”

+44 (0) 1604 679 999

Eurofins | BLC is a commercial business-to-business organisation. We do not provide free advice or testing for members of the public or for the medical or biological sectors. For individual concerns about products, please contact the manufacturer. Please note, Eurofins | BLC can retain all personal data and information submitted in this contact form for business to business marketing purposes, in accordance with GDPR and PECR.

Registered Office Address

  • Eurofins BLC Leather Technology Centre Ltd
    Kings Park Road
    Moulton Park
    NN3 6JD
    United Kingdom

  • +44 (0) 1604 679 999

    Registration No. 07009052 (England)