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ToxFMD | Screened Chemistry | textiles
ToxServices established Screened Chemistry in 2014 in conjunction with Levi Strauss & Co. with the goal of advancing public health and environmental protection around the world. Screened Chemistry is the concept of identifying the use of safer alternatives while eliminating hazardous chemicals in the textile industry. In a Screened Chemistry approach, human health and environmental impacts are fully evaluated so dangerous chemical substitutions are avoided.
Levi Strauss & Co., Nike Inc., H&M and C&A have agreed to share and align their efforts surrounding safer textile chemistries as part of their work with the ZDHC Foundation. ToxServices’ Full Materials Disclosure® Program (ToxFMD®) is an integral part of the Levi Strauss & Co. Screened Chemistry Program and supports hazard reduction and informed substitution.
ToxFMD Screened Chemistry® Program is our flagship certificate program to demonstrate conformance with Screened Chemistry requirements. ToxFMD Screened Chemistry® provides a streamlined, affordable assessment that screens textile treatment formulations and allows ZDHC brands to easily identify safer alternatives and fulfill their commitment to using safer textile auxiliaries.
There are three levels of ToxFMD® assessment:
ToxFMD® Level 1 evaluation: This assessment is designed to assess hazards and MRSL level conformance of a formulation
ToxFMD® Level 2 evaluation: This assessment is designed to verify that systems or processes are place to minimize the release of hazardous chemicals to environment (air, water, soil), and that health and safety practices are in place to protect workers. This is a desk audit and does not require an on-site visit.
ToxFMD® Level 3 evaluation: The requirements of a ToxFMD® Level 3 evaluation are identical to a ToxFMD® Level 2 evaluation, with the exception that an on-site visit to the chemical supplier is performed as part of a ToxFMD® Level 3 evaluation to evaluate chemicals stewardship and environmental management systems first-hand.
ZDHC MRSL Level 1 Conformance
Full disclosure (to ToxServices) of all intentionally added ingredients present at any concentration, and residuals or impurities present at or above 0.01% (100 ppm) in the formulation.
Note: for substances with ZDHC MRSL v. 2.0 limits that are < 100 ppm, supplier disclosure must be sufficient to determine whether such chemicals are present at levels greater than their ZDHC MRSL v. 2.0 limits. If not, testing may be required.
ToxFMD Screened Chemistry® Level 1 Conformance
= ZDHC MRSL v. 2.0 Level 1 Conformance
Formulation assessed against the ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) (v. 2.0)
Formulation assessed against the U.S. EPA Safer Chemical Ingredients List (SCIL)
Formulation assessed against the GreenScreen® (GS) List Translator (LT) to identify LT-1 listed chemicals
Perform an LT-1 Summary assessment of any chemical identified as an LT-1 by the GS List Translator
Perform a GreenScreen® assessment for any intentionally added non-polymeric chemical not on the SCIL, and perform a GreenScreen® assessment for monomers > 0.1% in polymeric ingredients
Perform a ToxFMD® polymer assessment of any intentionally added polymeric ingredient, and perform Safer Choice functional class criteria screen for residuals > 0.01% in the formula
ToxServices was founded in 2003 by Managing Director & Chief Toxicologist Dr. Margaret H. Whittaker. The scientists at ToxServices offer more than a decade of expertise in toxicology, risk assessment, comparative hazard assessment, and the application of science to promote human health and environmental sustainability.
Our head offices are in Washington, D.C. and Ann Arbor, Michigan. We have professionals located across North America and the United Kingdom who work with clients across the across the globe, including North America, Central America, South America, Europe, and Asia.
ToxServices' aim is to resolve complex human health and environmental issues through the application of sound science, risk assessment and the principles of environmental sustainability and to continue to evolve and expand services as environmental and human health needs require.
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