We are pleased to announce that the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Foundation has recognized the upgrade of six SGS laboratories to operate as ZDHC approved MRSL certification bodies to assess conformance to Levels 1, 2 and 3 of the Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) v3.0.
The six laboratories, in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Kaohsiung, Chennai Ho Chi Minh City and Hai Phong, are currently recognized as providing Level 1 chemical conformance certification for MRSL V2.0. This upgrade means we are now the only ZDHC Foundation recognized company operating in Kaohsiung, Chennai, Ho Chi Minh City and Hai Phong approved to Levels 1, 2 and 3.
The ZDHC Foundation is an industry-led collaboration with the objective of eliminating hazardous chemicals from fashion supply chains. The first MRSL was published in 2014, with its companion document, MRSL Conformance Guidance, being issued in 2017. It provides brands and suppliers with a single, harmonized list of chemical substances that are banned from intentional use during manufacturing and related processes. In November 2022, V3.0 of the MRSL and V2.0 of the MRSL Conformance Guidance were released by the ZDHC Foundation. More recently, MRSL V3.1 was published in March 2023.
Consumers and regulators are increasingly aware of the impact the manufacture of textiles and footwear is having on the environment. MRSL V3.0 conformance certification is a simple and effective way for manufacturers and brands to demonstrate their commitment to zero discharge in complex supply chains that often rely on multiple different chemical formulations.
Yvonne Tse, Vice President, Global Softlines, SGS said: “The acceptance of our laboratories in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Kaohsiung, Chennai, Ho Chi Minh City and Hai Phong for Level 3 conformance assessment and certification is part of a long-term strategy of expansion in our sustainability services capabilities for the fashion industry. This includes the future upgrading of other facilities and the provision of holistic solutions to help businesses to achieve their zero discharge goals.”
SGS Chemical MRSL V3.0 conformance certification
We offer a simple and effective process for verifying the compliance of supplied chemical formulations with the criteria for ZDHC MRSL Levels 1, 2 or 3 through laboratory testing, document review and on-site assessment.
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