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Intertek Launches Chemical Screening Service

Factory auditing giant Intertek’s latest service is designed to help textile and apparel manufacturers clean up their act—and avoid the flak of increasingly conscious consumers.

Dubbed Chemical Smart Screening, the recently launched solution is intended to detect the presence of harmful and restricted substances and auxiliaries at the beginning of the production process.

“With a number of industry-led initiatives like the Roadmap to Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC), apparel and footwear brands and retailers need solutions to monitor and improve environmental performance across their entire supply chain,” Dr. Dirk von Czarnowski, vice president of global chemical at Intertek, said in a statement. “Chemical Smart Screening offers customers the opportunity to perform chemical analysis at the initial stages of production, while supplementing Intertek’s other chemical management solutions.”

According to the auditor, which has a network of more than 1,000 labs and offices, the preventative measure benefits retailers and manufacturers by cutting down on production costs and turnaround time as well as removing the need for re-handling.

“At Intertek we are constantly innovating to meet the evolving needs of our apparel and footwear customers,” continued Calvin Yam, senior vice president of global softlines at Intertek. “Chemical Smart Screening was developed to provide a solution, in the form of an extra layer of protection, to the challenges our customers face as they balance the need for timely production with chemical management strategies.”

Intertek said a single sample is all that’s required to screen raw materials for about 400 common harmful substances, carefully selected from such major chemical regulations as Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) and U.S. state chemical regulations like California’s Proposition 65 and the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), as well as chemicals that are often included on companies’ own restricted substances lists (RSL).