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Additional Assessments and Programs in SciveraLENS

Assessing Polymers in SciveraLENS

If you have a polymer in your product or formulation and would like to assess it in SciveraLENS, you have a couple of choices. 

Polymer CAS RNs are generic identifiers for polymers. You can enter this number into SciveraLENS to view an evaluation of the available scientific literature and score based on Scivera’s GHS+ Hazard Assessment criteria. In this situation, we do not include specific information about each polymer like molecular weight ranges or residual monomers. 

Complete formulations for polymer-containing products vary based on the additives used for various properties as well as how they are processed, which results in varying molecular weight ranges, residual monomers, catalysts, etc. In some cases, you may want a more in-depth evaluation or one may be required. Programs like the Screened Chemistry certification program, led by several global fashion brands, require additional disclosure and evaluation for polymeric substances. For an additional fee, Scivera’s team of Board-Certified Toxicologists will conduct a more in-depth polymer assessment. 

For each polymer, we will need 3 sets of information:

  1. The CAS Registry Number for the specific polymer
    1. If there is no CAS RN available, please contact Scivera’s technical support team. If you have the US EPA PMN or EC Number, please provide this information. 
  2. Representation for all of the CAS RNs within the polymer
  3. A completed Polymer Assessment Data Collection form

To begin the data entry and assessment process, please create a Collection for each polymer and include the CAS RNs for the polymer, each monomer, co-polymer, etc. in the polymer mixture. If the polymer does not have a CAS RN, use the Proprietary Polymer SVID supplied by our toxicology team (be sure to add your other polymer mixture components). You can then attach the Polymer Assessment Data Collection Form to your Collection. Please make sure that you include information for each of the required fields. “Not applicable”, “none”, or blank responses cannot be accepted and will slow down the assessment process. 

If the polymer is part of a larger formulation or Collection, you can link the polymer as a child Collection. When we complete the formal polymer assessment process, we can issue you an SVID that you can use in place of the polymer collection. 

If the polymer is sourced from a sub-supplier, you will need to use the SciveraLENS request process to gather required information directly from the supplier. They can follow the same process outlined above. 

If the polymer is for customers using SciveraLENS to evaluate the formulations in the products they purchase like the Nike Innovation Program, you will share the polymer Collection with your customer so they can review the hazard assessment information that is available (with redaction). If your customer chooses, they can purchase the polymer assessment for the Collection shared with them. If you would like to view the final polymer assessment before sharing with your customer, you can purchase the polymer assessment ($300/polymer assessment) prior to sharing with your customer. 

EIM Scoring in SciveraLENS

Scivera has collaborated with Jeanologia to provide safer and sustainable chemistry insight to the global apparel industry. Jeanologia uses the SciveraLENS platform as part of its own Environmental Impact Measurement (EIM) scoring system to give a Chemistry Impact Score for formulations based on the ZDHC manufacturing restricted substance list (MRSL) and Screened Chemistry tools. As part of this collaboration, Scivera provides all Chemistry Impact Scores used in EIM through our SciveraLENS® software platform. 

  1. Make sure you have an active SciveraLENS subscription and have purchased an EIM product package. 
  2. Gather your chemical information for each product you would like scored and listed

Minimum disclosure requirements:

  • ZDHC Conformance Certificate for the current ZDHC MRSL (minimum of Level 1 required, must have at least one year remaining on certification)
  • Product Safety Data Sheet (SDS)

Optional disclosure for possible higher scores:

  • 100% ingredient disclosure OR
  • Screened Chemistry certification 

There are two EIM submission options for SciveraLENS users:

  • EIM Product Score Only (for new products you would like scored and listed in the EIM platform)
  • EIM Product Score + Screened Chemistry Certification (for new products where you would like to apply for Screened Chemistry certification and EIM scoring together)

If you are doing Screened Chemistry certification and want to include EIM scoring as part of the process, the EIM score will be included and not count against your EIM product packages. 

Process Time

The review and scoring process can take between 4-6 weeks once we have received all required documentation and information. Once we have scored your product, we will share the score with you and the team at Jeanologia for listing on the EIM platform. This may take an additional 2 weeks for the team at Jeanologia to get your product listed on their platform. You can view all completed Chemistry Impact Scores on Scivera’s product registry: LINK. This can be shared with customers. 

EIM Product Score Only Submission – (for new products you would like scored and listed in the EIM platform): 

To start the EIM process, 

  1. Build a Collection in SciveraLENS: 
  • Go to the My Collections tab located in the menu on the left-hand side of the screen.
  • Click the green “+” to create a new Collection.
  • Select a Collection Builder option. Depending on the level of disclosure you will be providing, we recommend some options for building your Collections below. 
    1. If you are going to be providing the minimum level of disclosure (SDS and ZDHC certification), please choose Upload SDS from the menu and follow the prompts to upload your SDS, check the data that was entered, and submit your Collection.

      1. If no CAS RN information is available, enter “Undisclosed” and the concentration as 100%. This serves as a placeholder if you have an SDS and it doesn’t have any CAS RN information included. As there are no CAS RNs available, we are unable to review the impact of your chemistry. You will receive a grey non-scored product listing. 
    2. If you are pursuing option 2 (100% ingredient disclosure) or option 3 (Screened Chemistry), we recommend using BOS Builder.

  • Name your Collection. For EIM Submissions, please name the Collection “EIM – Your Product Name”. 
  • Click the Save and Continue button.
  • Enter your chemical ingredient (by CAS RN) and concentration information. 
    • Please enter all chemical ingredient information known.
  • Click Save and Continue. 
  • On Step 3 “Link Collections”, click the Continue button. 
    1. This step is not required but can be helpful if you would like to reference chemical ingredients you have already entered into SciveraLENS or if you need to gather additional chemical ingredient information especially when pursuing 100% ingredient disclosure. 
  • On Step 4 “Supporting Documents”, upload a PDF of the product SDS and ZDHC MRSL Conformance Certificate (for the current version of the ZDHC MRSL). These are required for EIM scoring. You may also upload existing certificates for your product in this step (Screened Chemistry, GreenScreen, Bluesign, etc.). These certificates will be considered in scoring. Click the Upload File button for each individual file. 

  • Click the Continue button. 
  • On Step 5 “Assign Lists for Screening”, you can search through the lists we have available in SciveraLENS and select those that are of interest to you. Click the Submit button to complete your Collection. This step will tell the system which list(s) you would like to screen your chemicals against. Because EIM scoring does not require list screening, this step is optional. 

Review your Assessment Results
Once you’ve completed building your Collection, you’ll be able to review the assessment results instantly. Keep an eye out for any restricted or regulated chemicals that will impact your score or any Hazard Category (HC) red chemicals. These indicate that a chemical(s) shows evidence of high hazard for human and/or environmental health.  

Submitting your Collection for Scoring
When you are ready to submit your Collection for scoring:

  1. Go to the My Collections tab in the menu on the left hand side. 
  2. Click the three dots to the right of the Collection you would like scored. 
  3. Click the Share option in the menu that appears.
  4. Complete the information in the form that appears 
    1. First Name: Toxicology
    2. Last Name: Team 
    3. Email Address: EIM@scivera.com 
  5. Click the Share button to submit for processing
  6. Scivera’s team will review your submission and generate an EIM chemistry score and report. Products and scores are shared with the team at Jeanologia every other week for inclusion in the EIM database. 

Improving your EIM Score

After meeting the minimum requirements, you can improve your product scores by providing additional disclosure about your chemical formulation. This information gives us more insight into the chemicals being used and is critical in making safer chemistry decisions. You can provide 100% ingredient disclosure or pursue Screened Chemistry certification for the opportunity to improve your Chemistry Impact Score.

Your SciveraLENS subscription also allows you to prescreen characteristics of any chemicals you are using for sourcing and formulation decisions. By having access to this information, you can choose safer chemicals in your work and improve your Chemistry Impact Score as well as protect your brand. 

EIM Product Score + Screened Chemistry (for new products where you would like to apply for Screened Chemistry certification and EIM scoring at the same time):

Note: If you are doing Screened Chemistry certification and want to include EIM scoring as part of the process, the EIM score will be included and not count against your EIM product packages. 

  1. Submit your product for Screened Chemistry certification using the SciveraLENS certificate request form and completing the Screened Chemistry submission process.
  2. In the Comments section of certificate form add a comment: “Please include scoring for EIM”.

Scoring

Based on the level of disclosure provided and the assessment results, your score will range from 0-100:

Once scored by Scivera, scoring for each chemical product or commodity chemical is then converted to the corresponding EIM Chemistry Impact Score: 

Term

Your EIM Chemistry Impact Scores and corresponding certifications are valid for one year.

Certifying and Registering your product for ZDHC MRSL Conformance using SciveraLENS

Scivera is proud to be a certification body for ZDHC MRSL Conformance (Level 1) . SciveraLENS is the only software approved for ZDHC MRSL Conformance (Level 1). Scivera offers efficient and cost-effective screening services for your ZDHC and other certification needs.

ZDHC MRSL Conformance for Level 1 Certification means that an approved service provider has confirmed compliance of your product(s) with the ZDHC MRSL. Scivera does this work by confirming Confidential Full Formulation Disclosure (CFFD) of all ingredients and applicable impurities in your product and efficiently screening these against the ZDHC MRSL using our SciveraLENS platform. 

ZDHC MRSL Conformance (Level 1) Conformance requires that you disclose the following:

  • Confidential Full Formulation Disclosure (“CFFD”)
  • Supporting documentation
    • Product-level Safety Data Sheet (SDS) and Technical Data Sheet (TDS)
    • Chemical-level SDS (must be from supplier of chemical)

If you need to gather ingredient information from sub-suppliers, you should send a request using your SciveraLENS account. Your sub-suppliers can enter their ingredient information via SciveraLENS while still maintaining confidential ingredient information. We work with companies to put in place any required non-disclosure agreements needed. As a SciveraLENS subscriber, you can preview your results and see if you’re in compliance with the ZDHC MRSL requirements before moving forward with certification.

How to submit your product for certification:

  1. Using your SciveraLENS account, build a Collection for each product formulation. Request any sub-supplier data needed via the request process to meet the CFFD requirement.
  2. Assign Lists – Select the ZDHC MRSLs. You’ll notice we also include specific chemical groups to ensure that you’re getting a thorough list review.
  3. Review your results.
  4. Complete the Certificate Request Form available in SciveraLENS and submit for our team’s review and processing.

Once you submit your product for certification with Scivera, our team of board-certified toxicologists will conduct a thorough review of your formulation to ensure that none of the chemicals appear on the ZDHC MRSL. When your formulation meets all requirements, Scivera will issue a Certificate of ZDHC MRSL Conformance (Level 1) for each product certified and present this information to ZDHC for verification as you list your products in the ZDHC Gateway.

There is a small certification fee of $100/product to generate your Certificate of ZDHC MRSL Conformance (Level 1). If you are also certifying your products for Screened Chemistry, we can complete the assessment for both ZDHC and Screened Chemistry at the same time there will only be one report fee for both reports and certificates.

But once we’ve certified your product, what’s next?

In order for you to upload your chemical products to the ZDHC Gateway, you must first register as a Formulator with ZDHC. To do so, please send your request to register to gateway@zdhc.org. Once ZDHC receives your email, you will receive a registration link and further instructions.

You can then register your product(s) on the ZDHC Gateway. For each product we certify, Scivera sends an updated report to the ZDHC Gateway team. You will need to login to your company’s ZDHC Gateway account and register each certified product on the Gateway. The Gateway team will confirm your submission against the information Scivera has submitted as a two-part verification to finalize your Gateway listing.

Scivera currently supports ZDHC MRSL Conformance in two ways: SciveraLENS® for ZDHC MRSL Level 1 Version 2 conformance and SciveraLENS Screened Chemistry for SC. As you register your products on the ZDHC Gateway, you have the option to add both certificates but will need to select the correct certification type. 

If you have completed ZDHC MRSL Conformance certification, make sure to select SciveraLENS® for ZDHC as your certification type and upload your ZDHC Certificate.

If you have completed Screened Chemistry certification with SciveraLENS,when registering your Screened Chemistry certification on the ZDHC Gateway, please make sure to select SciveraLENS® Screened Chemistry™ for SC and upload your SC Certificate. This will ensure that you receive ZDHC MRSL Level 1 Version 2 conformance as well as credit for completing Screened Chemistry certification. 

Make sure you enter your product information just as it is listed on the Scivera certification documents to make sure that there are no issues verifying your certificate(s) with ZDHC.

Please note: The ZDHC Gateway is managed by the ZDHC Programme and is separate from your subscription or work in SciveraLENS.

Tracking your Certificate Progress in SciveraLENS

As we work through your Certificate request(s), you’ll be able to track progress in your Certificates panel. Once CFFD has been met and all chemicals in the product have been verified, the process usually takes between 4-6 weeks. At the top of your screen, you’ll see one of the following statuses:

  • “Pending Review” – Our team has not yet reviewed your submission.
  • “Preliminary Review” – Our team has begun our initial review of your submission.
  • “Updates Requested” – We need more information from you. Your submission is now unlocked so you can update your submission form as needed for us to complete our assessment.
  • “Feedback Requested” – We need more information from you. Please respond accordingly.
  • “Approved” – Your submission has been approved. We will begin the formal assessment, scoring, and certification.
  • “Preparing Certificate” – Our team is in the process of assessing and scoring your product. Your certificate will be ready soon.
  • “Certificate Delivered” – Your product certification is complete.

If you have any questions, you can use the messaging feature at the bottom of your Certificate form or email us at support@scivera.com.

Contact us to learn more and see how we can help you create safer products.