ZDHC Announces the First ZDHC Accepted Certification Standards for ZDHC MRSL Conformance

Today, the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Foundation is proud to announce ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® Programme and ToxServices Full Materials Disclosure™ (ToxFMD™) Programme as the first accepted certification standards, which are indicators of chemical formulations conforming to ZDHC’s Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) v 1.1.

Chemical Products  with the ECO PASSPORT  by OEKO-TEX® certification and ToxServices Full Materials Disclosure™ (ToxFMD™) Programme are now listed on ZDHC Gateway’s Chemical Module as Level 1 conformers to ZDHC’s MRSL Conformance Guidance.

“We’re pleased to have the two certification standards on board”, says ZDHC Executive Director Frank Michel.

“Not only will ECO PASSPORT and ToxFMD™ certify chemical formulations to be Level 1 indicating conformance to the ZDHC MRSL, but the formulations will also be directly verified and officially ranked within the ZDHC Gateway – Chemical Module. These new standards will help us tremendously to work towards our goal and support the industry by sourcing safer chemicals.”

To accelerate the global impact of ZDHC’s Roadmap 2020 programme the organisation has decided in a very early stage not to start its own certification system for MRSL conformant chemistry but instead to leverage existing certification as indicators of ZDHC MRSL conformance.

Figure 1. MRSL Levels of Conformance


The ZDHC MRSL conformance Levels range from 0 to 3 as seen in Figure 1. 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.  

To become a ZDHC Accepted Certification Standard, interested organisations can apply here for acceptance of their Chemical Formulation certification system by the ZDHC Foundation.

To find out more about the accreditation process, please review the ZDHC MRSL Conformance Guidance.


Congratulations to  ECO PASSPORT Program and ToxFMD™ for acceptance:  

With 25 years of experience, OEKO-TEX® empowers and enables consumers and companies to protect our planet by providing standardised solutions which optimise customers’ manufacturing processes and help deliver high quality, more sustainable products.

ToxServices LLC is a global consultancy dedicated to provide science-based consulting services designed to protect and improve upon the health of humans and the environment.  It consists of toxicologists, chemists, and environmental scientists that work with clients to identify safer and sustainable ways to formulate chemicals, products, and materials.