The BLC Chem-MAP from UK-based BLC Leather Technology Centre Ltd has been recognised by the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Foundation as a certification standard.

The standard has been accepted by ZDHC as an indicator of chemical formulations conforming to its Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) v 1.1 within the ZDHC Gateway Chemical Module.

In addition, BLC Chem-MAP offers chemical suppliers the option to achieve Level 3 conformance and specialises in leather technology and chemicals.

Based in Northampton, BLC is an independent leather technology centre and testing laboratory providing a complete range of supply chain services to the leather industry, covering all areas from raw material through to finished product. It works closely with brands, retailers, product manufacturers and tanneries in many countries around the world.

"As with Eco Passport and ToxFMD certifications, the BLC Chem-MAP certified chemical products will be directly verified and officially assessed within the ZDHC Gateway - Chemical Module,"  says ZDHC programme Director Scott Echols.

The certification standards became the first to be accepted in September.

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.

"We are excited about the Chem-MAP programme and are delighted to be one of the first providers of ZDHC Level 3 MRSL conformance," says Victoria Addy, technical director from BLC. "We are looking forward to engaging the chemical manufacturers in the Chem-MAP programme and working collaboratively towards improved chemical inputs into footwear and apparel supply chains."