Chemical products with the Eco Passport by Oeko-Tex programme and the ToxServices Full Materials Disclosure programme have become the first accepted certification standards with the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Foundation.

Both have been accepted by ZDHC as indicators of chemical formulations conforming to its Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) v 1.1.

"We're pleased to have the two certification standards on board," says ZDHC executive director Frank Michel. "Not only will Eco Passport and ToxFMD certify chemical formulations to be Level 1 indicating conformance to the ZDHC MRSL, but the formulations will also be directly verified and officially ranked within the ZDHC Gateway – Chemical Module. These new standards will help us tremendously to work towards our goal and support the industry by sourcing safer chemicals."

To accelerate the global impact of ZDHC's Roadmap 2020 programme the organisation decided early on not to start its own certification system for MRSL conformant chemistry but instead to leverage existing certification as indicators of ZDHC MRSL conformance.

The ZDHC MRSL conformance levels range from 0 to 3. Higher conformance levels are expected to reflect a higher confidence that a chemical product meets the ZDHC MRSL conformance levels, and therefore a lower probability of any ZDHC MRSL substances being present in the certified chemical product.

ZDHC this week appointed Dr Christina Raab as implementation director. The nomination comes at a time when the Foundation is gaining momentum and will see Raab take control of the ZDHC Academy as well as establish new collaboration and partnership models. Her role also foresees business and grant development to support further growth of the organisation.

The Foundation recently released a 'Conformance Guidance' manual it says establishes an indication system that assesses the conformance of chemical formulations used in textile and footwear production. It also soft launched the Chemical Module of its ZDHC Gateway as part of a bid to make information on sustainable chemistry broadly available.

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