Safer Commodity Screening Program



Welcome to the Safer Commodity Screening Program (formerly SC for CC)

Leading apparel and footwear brands are requiring suppliers (i.e., mills, laundries, and other facilities) to screen commodity chemicals used in processes for the presence of ZDHC MRSL analytes.

Over the coming months, these brands will be requiring all suppliers to make use of a fast and cost-effective Safer Commodity Screening certification process (previously called SC for CC) that has been developed for this important work.

Scivera (USA) is collaborating with NimkarTek Technical Services Pvt Ltd. (India) to provide cost-effective and efficient screening, scoring, certification, and data management processes for brands and their global manufacturing suppliers. 

SAFER COMMODITY SCREENING PROCESS STEPS

  1. Go to the SciveraLENS Safer Commodities (SC) Platform to create a new account and begin the process. You can review the SciveraLENS SC Platform User Guide for step-by-step instructions. 
  2. The Safer Commodity Screening process must be completed by the brand supplier mill/factory, including commodity chemical sampling.
  3. Enter required information into the online form for each commodity chemical from all commodity chemical suppliers. NOTE: If you do not see a commodity chemical used at your facility listed in the SciveraLENS SC Platform, please send an email to screenedchemistry@scivera.com requesting it to be added. 
  4. You can save your Safer Commodity Screening (formerly SC for CC) Application Form for completion later. Once you have completed the application process, confirm for automated delivery to Scivera for review and approval.
  5. Scivera will respond via email notification with a quote/invoice and Chemical Sample Group Transmittal document within your SciveraLENS SC Platform account.

    NOTE: Do not ship your Sample Group until you have received a Unique Order Number (UON#) and approval of your Safer  Commodities Application Form from Scivera.

  6. Review the Safer Commodity Screening Sample Group Transmittal document, which includes the UON# for the Sample Group and information for preparing and shipping chemical samples to the NimkarTek Laboratory.
  7. Prepare a sample of each commodity chemical as per instructions provided in the Safer Commodity Screening/SC for CC Sampling Guidelines
  8. Pack and ship the commodity chemical samples to the NimkarTek Laboratory.
  9. Track the progress on your Sample Group in your SciveraLENS SC account.

Questions? Please contact the Scivera Team via support@scivera.com or via the Help/Chat badge in the bottom left corner of this page.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Some commodity chemicals used in textile processes are classified as Dangerous Goods by IATA (International Air Transport Association). See Commodity Chemicals – List 2 below. In accordance with the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulation (DGR), some of these commodity chemicals that are classified as Dangerous Goods by IATA are not allowed to be shipped by air courier even in sample quantities.

The Safer Commodity Screening program includes specific steps for each IATA DGR commodity chemical to neutralize and render safe for shipping. 

In some cases, small sample quantities are permitted if certain training, quantity, and packaging requirements are met. Please check with your air courier service for the specific requirements for your country and courier. Safer Commodity Screening can process quantities as small as 5 ml (5 g for solids). Using these small sample amounts will also reduce shipping fees.

General IATA Dangerous Goods designation can be found on the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for the commodity chemical in Section 14. Exceptions may apply for small sample quantities, but all IATA DGR requirements must be met. Please check with your air courier. It is your responsibility to meet the IATA DGR requirements.

When creating your Sample Group in the SciveraLENS® SC platform, you must list all commodity chemicals used in your facility. 

 

List of Common Commodity Chemicals

The following commodity chemicals are commonly used in textile processes. The commodity chemicals in List 1 below are not regulated as Dangerous Goods by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and therefore can be sampled, shipped, and screened as is for the program. The commodity chemicals in List 2 below are classified as Dangerous Goods by the IATA and should follow the specific guidance in the Sampling Guidelines for each chemical. Please contact Scivera with any questions. 

Safer Commodity Screening – List 1

Safer Commodity Screening – List 2

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

If my company has multiple factory locations, or multiple suppliers of the same commodity chemical, how many samples are required for screening?

In general the current Safer Commodity Screening (formerly SC for CC) requirements are to draw one sample of each commodity chemical (CC) from each supplier at each factory location.

For example, if the same CC supplier provides citric acid to 3 different factory locations, one sample of citric acid is required from each location (ie 3 samples of citric acid in total).

Furthermore, if a factory sources the same CC (eg citric acid) from multiple traders/suppliers at one or more locations, one sample of the CC is required for each lot/batch sourced from each trader/supplier from each location. Therefore:

  • If you have 3 different citric acid suppliers to a single factory = 3 samples of citric acid required for Safer Commodity Screening
  • If you have 1 citric acid supplier to three different factory locations = 3 citric acid samples required for Safer Commodity Screening

The reason for these sampling requirements is that this Safer Commodity Screening program is designed to explore the consistency (and potential variability) of CCs from location to location and from supplier to supplier (as well as from lot to lot).

Please let us know if you have any questions on this policy.

What type of sample bottle is required?

Safer Commodity Screening sampling requires a bottle with the following specifications:

Glass, amber color, “Boston round” configuration, screw-on cap, cap must have liner

Bottles must new, unused, clean and dry.

Bottles should be 5 ml to 10 ml in size. Sample quantities should be in 5 ml amounts. Certain commodity chemicals may require smaller quantity to be acceptable to air couriers due to IATA Dangerous Goods regulations for your country.

Where can I locate the correct Safer Commodity Screening sample bottles?

Lab equipment suppliers online and in your country can provide the correct samples bottles for delivery quickly.

Local pharmacy/druggist may have new samples bottles available for purchase.

How do I make payment for Safer Commodity Screening?

Once you have completed your SciveraLENS® Safer Commodities account creation and first Sample Group set-up, Scivera will review the information and provide feedback. Once your Sample Group application has been approved, Scivera will provide an invoice for current Safer Commodity Screening fees. This invoice will include bank wire transfer fees. If your sample shipment incurs any additional fees (import duty, etc) during delivery, these fees will be charged in addition to the Safer Commodity Screening fees noted above. Applicant must pay all fees in full prior to receiving Safer Commodity Screening results.

 

RESOURCES

Download the Safer Commodity Screening Sampling Guidelines

Scivera will generate results for each sample and share via your SciveraLENS® SC account. Scivera will also share results with the requesting brand.

Have questions? Please email support@scivera.com.

Learn about Scivera’s Screened Chemistry Certification for Textile Auxiliary chemical products.