Control Union and NSF International have been recognised by the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Foundation as its newest certification standards.

Control Union certifies chemical products on all three ZDHC Conformance Levels. This means that their certified products may from now on be used by chemical suppliers to indicate Level 1, 2 and 3 conformance of their products to the ZDHC MRSL on the ZDHC Gateway – Chemical Module.

Meanwhile, NSF International is now accepted to certify chemical products as Level 1 conformant. The two organisations join the eight already approved certification standards and bring the total number of collaborators to ten.

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

With 'boots on the ground' in more than 70 countries, Control Union has assisted the textile industry in meeting standard requirements. As an example, the Eko Sustainable Textile Standard, developed by Control Union, was the first standard for the textile industry which addressed sustainability. The firm also played an active role in developing the Responsible Down Standard (RDS).

NSF International, meanwhile, is an independent, global organisation that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for a range of industries to minimise adverse health effects and protect the environment. It has operations in more than 175 countries.