Chemical Management and the Detox Campaign


Guarantee the quality of your products

Guarantee the quality of your products

What is chemical management?

Chemical management involves the establishment of a quality documentation system that ensures information dissimilation, traceability, awareness, standardisation, safe practices and regulatory compliance. Through chemical management, organisations can monitor for preventive controls by putting down measurable objectives. These quality documentation and management systems enable companies to undertake regular checks for gap identification and analysis and, if found, devise plans to close existing gaps. This plan-do-check-act cycle encourages continuous improvement for organisations looking to detox their businesses.

Why is chemical management important?

The implementation of proper chemical management processes can give businesses a crucial edge in today’s environmentally conscious society. With a growing global imperative to cut down on corporate environmental damage, companies that take a serious stance on eradicating hazardous chemicals from their production processes can gain a competitive advantage over other less sustainable businesses. Ensuring good chemical management also safeguards the company’s regulatory obligations.

The Zero Discharge of Hazardous (ZDHC) programme includes a collaboration of 22 signatory brands, 13 value chain affiliates, and seven associates. Together, they are working to support implementation of safer chemical management practices.

Greenpeace is campaigning to stop industry poisoning our water with hazardous, persistent and hormone-disrupting chemicals. The Detox campaign challenges top brands to make amends by working with their suppliers to eliminate all hazardous chemicals across their entire supply chain, and the entire life-cycle of their products.

Our chemical management services at a glance:

  • Chemical screening on chemical products
    TÜV SÜD offers a range of cost-effective chemical screening services to identify hazardous chemicals in products.
  • Chemical management audit and advisory
    Our experts are capable of conducting second or third party audits to check the effectiveness of existing quality systems in managing hazardous chemicals, as well as offering advice in setting up and improving such systems.
  • Waste water and sludge testing
    By sampling and testing waste water and sludge by-products of the manufacturing process, we can determine the presence of an established list of hazardous chemicals.
  • Chemical Data Management System (CDMS)
    The CDMS is a smart system with a core database that collects and analyses chemical test results. It also makes specific recommendations to improve the testing programme while reducing cost.


Consumer Products and Retail Essentials

Consumer Products & Retail Essentials

Consumer trust is key when you manufacture or retail products that are part of everyone’s daily life

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Toxic-Free World

Toxic-Free Future

Eliminating dangerous chemicals from textile industries

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Water Security

Chemical Management & Detox

Chemical data management and the PDCA cycle.

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Leather and Chromium

Chromium (VI) in Leather Products

Find out what are the regulations related to Chromium (VI)

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