Global inspection services group TUV Rheinland has been granted approval to provide Level 3 testing and conformance certification for the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Foundation’s Manufacturing Restricted Substances List 2.0 (MRSL 2.0).
Once certified by TUV Rheinland, the chemical formulation can be registered and listed on the ZDHC Gateway Chemical Module.
The development means that TUV Rheinland now offers a one-stop solution for all three focus areas of the ZDHC’s ‘Roadmap to Zero’ initiative and Greenpeace’s Detox campaign – Inputs, Processes and Outputs – through its next-level Toxproof Testing and Certification programme.
“It is no longer enough for the industry to produce so-called ‘clean’ finished products by simply washing them and flushing any undesired chemicals into the local sewerage system before delivery. Brands, retail buyers, and a growing number of savvy end-user customers are now demanding clear proof that the production process is clean from start to finish,” said Mohammed Dkhissi, global vice president, Softlines for TUV Rheinland.
The new Level 3 approval – the highest level in the current programme – covers TUV Rheinland’s extensive global testing and certification network, including APAC locations such as China, Thailand and Vietnam, along with labs in Bangladesh, India, Turkey and Germany. It complements the MRSL 2.0 testing and certification services.
Conformance as per ZDHC MRSL Level 3, is a trusted indicator that the chemical formulation (and the process that produced it) has undergone a recognised product and facility assessment, independent testing, and on-site auditing – and will continue to undergo random product checks after the test mark is issued. Buyers and end-user consumers can be confident that, to the best of current knowledge, the product presents no danger to human health and meets recognised environmental sustainability standards.
To analyse a chemical formulation for harmful substances, TUV Rheinland assesses the chemical composition, evaluates associated documents, and reviews the production process. The analytical testing protocol covers known, potentially harmful substances, possible contamination, and the materials used to preserve the product during shipment and storage, all based on the ZDHC MRSL List. To evaluate the potential risk of exposure to a toxin, test conditions are chosen based on how consumers are likely to use the product in their day-to-day lives.
“TUV Rheinland’s ZDHC MRSL Level 3 Conformance programme is designed to help players at each step of the textile, apparel, and footwear supply chain, to lower their risk of liability through documented safety standards. With this latest Level 3 MRSL 2.0 approval by ZDHC, our programme represents an even more powerful way for businesses to sharpen their competitive edge and offer customers a decision-making aid when they are considering a purchase,” Dkhissi added.