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Additional Assessments and Programs using SciveraLENS

Assessing Polymers in SciveraLENS

EIM Scoring in SciveraLENS

 

 

User Guide /Additional Assessments and Programs in SciveraLENS

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.