Standards

Oeko Tex Standard 100

Oeko Tex Standard 100

Governing Organization

Oeko-Tex International - Association for the Assessment of Environmentally Friendly Textiles

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Assessment Type

Third party assessed by non-verified bodies

Memberships

ISEAL Alliance Member

Sectors Covered

Apparel and Carpets

Issues Covered

Biodegradable and Recycling, Carbon, CSR, Environmental Management, Indoor Air Quality, Product Safety, Quality, Waste and Chemicals Management, Water Related, Worker Safety

Description

The Oeko-Tex Standard 100 is a globally uniform testing and certification system for textile raw materials, intermediate and end products at all stages of production.  The tests for harmful substances comprise substances which are prohibited or regulated by law, chemicals which are known to be harmful to health, and parameters which are included as a precautionary measure to safeguard health.  A tested textile product is allocated to one of the four Oeko-Tex product classes based on its intended use. The more intensively a product comes into contact with the skin, the stricter the human ecological requirements it must fulfil.  Manufacturers are entitled to mark successfully tested products or article groups with the Oeko-Tex label and to advertise in other forms as long as it has been proven within the extensive laboratory tests that all components, including accessories, comply with the specified test criteria without exception. A certificate which is issued applies for one year and can be renewed as often as required.

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