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SGS Softlines laboratories in Hong Kong and Istanbul approved as ZDHC Foundation certification bodies to Levels 1, 2 and 3 of MRSL V3.1

June 09, 2023

SGS is delighted to announce that its softlines laboratories in Hong Kong and Istanbul have both gained approval from the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Foundation to operate as ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) certification bodies for conformance to Levels 1, 2 and 3 of MRSL V3.1.

This brings the total number SGS’s ZDHC approved facilities to eight following the recent upgrade of laboratories in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Kaohsiung, Chennai, Ho Chi Minh City and Hai Phong. SGS is now the only ZDHC Foundation recognized company operating in Kaohsiung, Chennai, Hai Phong and Hong Kong approved to Levels 1, 2 and 3.

The announcement supports SGS’s long-term strategy of expansion across its sustainability service capabilities to help the fashion industry reach its zero discharge goals. Through SGS Chemical MRSL 3.0 conformance certification , manufacturers and brands can simply and effectively demonstrate their commitment to zero discharge in complex supply chains that often rely on multiple different chemical formulations.

The ZDHC Foundation is an industry-led collaboration committed to eliminating hazardous chemicals from textile and footwear supply chains. The first MRSL was published in 2014, with its companion document, MRSL Conformance Guidance, 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. MRSL V3.1 was published in March 2023.

SGS Chemical MRSL 3.0 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.

Learn more about our Zero Discharge Holistic Solutions

About SGS

We are SGS – the world’s leading testing, inspection and certification company. We are recognized as the global benchmark for sustainability, quality and integrity. Our 97,000 employees operate a network of 2,650 offices and laboratories, working together to enable a better, safer and more interconnected world.

For further information, please contact:

Keith Tsang

Keith Tsang

Senior Service Development Manager
Connectivity & Products

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