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• Oeko-Tex Standard 100 is an independent testing and certification system for textile products from all stages of production along the textile value chain.


• The aim was to make textile products from conventional production having undergone laboratory testing for harmful substances obvious to consumers by using a label ("Confidence in Textiles"). Textiles with this label are proven to remain below the set limit values for certain harmful substances.


• Confidence in Textiles – that has been the motto of the independent testing for harmful substances according to OEKO-TEX Standard 100 for textile products of all types which pose no risk whatsoever to health since 1992.


• The internationally binding test catalogue according to OEKO-TEX Standard 100 is based on scientifically proven parameters and is revised annually in line with latest legislation and research. It includes the following:
• Illegal substances such as carcinogenic colourants (causes cancer).
• Legally regulated substances such as heavy metals (lead, mercury, etc.)
• Substances which are known to be harmful to health but not yet regulated /prohibited by law such as pesticides, allergenic dyes (causes allergies)
• Parameters such as colour fastness (lasting colours) and a skin-friendly pH-value (sensitive skin friendly), which are precautionary measures to safeguard consumer health.

 • Textile ecology consists of 4 sectors:
• Production ecology
- Examines the impact of production processes on people and environment, e.g. occupational health and safety, material, water and energy consumption, waste water and waste treatment as well as generation of dust and noise.
• Human ecology
- Human ecology deals with the impact of textiles and their chemical ingredients on
the health and well-being of humans.
• Performance ecology
- Performance ecology comes in at the usage phase of textile products. It examines the environmental impact of washing, cleaning and caring for textiles.
• Disposal ecology
- Analyses the problems connected with disposal, reuse, recycling and removal (thermal recycling or landfill) of textiles.

• Textile products may be certified according to OEKO-TEX Standard 100 only if all components meet the required criteria without exception.
• The certification is carried out following a written application of the manufacturer to
one of the authorised test institutes or official representative offices around the world.
• The submitted sample materials are tested exclusively at the member institutes in Europe and Japan to ensure a consistently high testing level.

 

• One prerequisite for the award of certification is a declaration of conformity by the manufacturer stating the successfully tested textile samples shall correspond at all times with the quality of the products manufactured or sold throughout the 12 month license period.
• Another prerequisite of certification are company audits, where auditors from OEKO -TEX test institutes together with the applying company examine the company quality assurance and production processes to create the best possible certification conditions and to ensure steady human ecology product quality for the duration of the certification.
• The OEKO-TEX certification furthermore includes regular product controls as a fixed part of the system. These are carried out on the market by the OEKO-TEX institutes
to ensure compliance with the required criteria on a regular basis.

 

• Performance ecology
- Performance ecology comes in at the usage phase of textile products. It examines the environmental impact of washing, cleaning and caring for textiles.


• Disposal ecology
- Analyses the problems connected with disposal, reuse, recycling and removal (thermal recycling or landfill) of textiles.

 

• Textile products may be certified according to OEKO-TEX Standard 100 only if all components meet the required criteria without exception.


• The certification is carried out following a written application of the manufacturer to
one of the authorised test institutes or official representative offices around the world.


• The submitted sample materials are tested exclusively at the member institutes in Europe and Japan to ensure a consistently high testing level.


• One prerequisite for the award of certification is a declaration of conformity by the manufacturer stating the successfully tested textile samples shall correspond at all times with the quality of the products manufactured or sold throughout the 12 month license period.


• Another prerequisite of certification are company audits, where auditors from OEKO -TEX test institutes together with the applying company examine the company quality assurance and production processes to create the best possible certification conditions and to ensure steady human ecology product quality for the duration of the certification.


• The OEKO-TEX certification furthermore includes regular product controls as a fixed part of the system. These are carried out on the market by the OEKO-TEX institutes
to ensure compliance with the required criteria on a regular basis.