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July 20, 2022

ZDHC bolsters InCheck Solutions with verification component

The Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Programme has added a verification component to its InCheck Solutions to help suppliers show that they purchase and use chemical products which minimise risk to human health, improve worker safety, and have limited impact on the environment.

By Laura Husband

ZDHC’s InCheck Solutions mean suppliers can assess their chemical inventory conformance to ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (ZDHC MRSL) and share the results with brand customers, without sharing details of the chemical inventory itself.

ZDHC InCheck Solutions explains each solution and how it can be implemented. Now, ZDHC has added a verification component to enhance the credibility of the Performance InCheck Reports generated by suppliers. The Performance InCheck Report depends on the accuracy and completeness of the chemical inventory uploaded by the supplier, ZDHC says.

“The Verified InCheck Solution will add credibility and confidence to the Performance InCheck Reports generated by suppliers to demonstrate their ZDHC MRSL conformance of input chemical inventory. Having this verification in two levels – Level 1 through on-site spot checks and Level 2 to create an accurate baseline of the inventory – will establish a journey of continuous improvement for Suppliers and help to add transparency to the implementation of sustainable chemical management by manufacturers,” says Prasad Pant, South Asia director at ZDHC Foundation.

The objective of a Verified InCheck – Level 1 is to:

  • Review the overall completeness and accuracy of the chemical products in a supplier’s chemical inventory that are published in the ZDHC Gateway – Chemical Module
  • Enhance confidence in the Performance InCheck Reports  

Klaas Nuttbohm, implementation director at ZDHC, adds: ”The ZDHC Verified InCheck is a further step towards convergence of industry practices. Over the years, the assessment of a supplier’s chemical inventory information has evolved as a key component in a couple of audit standards, specifically the verification of ZDHC MRSL conformance of the chemicals.

“Suppliers and brands asked how approach A was comparable to approach B, audit fatigue was becoming a topic instead of focus of actual continuous improvement of the chemical inventories. The ZDHC Verified InCheck will help the industry refocus on the real challenges.”

Last month, ZDHC shared its Impact Report on the progress of fashion brands, manufacturers and chemical suppliers, who have committed to ‘detoxing’ their supply chains through responsible chemical and wastewater management.

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