The Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Foundation has given six of SGS’s laboratories permission to serve as ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) certification bodies for conformance to Levels 1, 2, and 3 of MRSL v3.0. SGS is a testing, inspection, and certification company.

Six laboratories in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Taiwan, Chennai, Ho Chi Minh City, and Hai Phong were upgraded prior to the announcement. Significantly, it means SGS is the only business recognised by the ZDHC Foundation that is currently authorised to operate at Levels 1, 2, and 3 in Taiwan, Chennai, Ho Chi Minh City, and Hai Phong.

The acceptance of our laboratories in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Taiwan, Chennai, Ho Chi Minh City, and Hai Phong for Level 1 certification was announced by Yvonne Tse, Vice President, Global Softlines, SGS. The expansion of our sustainability services capabilities for the fashion industry is part of a long-term strategy that includes conformity testing and certification. This involves the provision of comprehensive solutions to assist businesses in achieving their zero discharge goals as well as the future upgrade of other facilities.

An industry-led initiative called the ZDHC Foundation is dedicated to removing dangerous chemicals from the supply chains for clothing and shoes. The first MRSL was released in 2014, and the MRSL Conformance Guidance, a companion document, was released in 2017. It provides a unified, harmonised list of chemical chemicals that are prohibited from intentional usage during production and related activities for brands and suppliers. The ZDHC Foundation published Version 3.0 of the MRSL and Version 2.0 of the MRSL Conformance Guidance in November 2022. MRSL V3.1 came out in March 2023.Manufacturers and brands can demonstrate their dedication to zero discharge in complicated supply chains that frequently depend on numerous distinct chemical formulas by obtaining MRSL V3.0 conformity certification, which is a quick and easy process. It is a response to consumers’ and regulators’ growing awareness of the damaging effects that the production of textiles and footwear is having on the environment.

Certification of compliance to SGS Chemical MRSL V3.0

Through laboratory testing, document review, and on-site evaluation, SGS provides a straightforward and efficient approach for confirming the conformity of supplied chemical formulations with the requirements for ZDHC MRSL Levels 1, 2, or 3.