OEKO-TEX ® standard history®
The OEKO-TEX ® 100 international standard, developed by the research textile institutes OTI (Austria) and Hohenstein (Germany), was implemented in 1992 in order to answer a growing concern of the consumers about health and well-being aspects.
Unique requirements specification and internationally acknowledged credibility
The OEKO-TEX® 100 standard is an independent, worldwide acknowledged control and certification system for raw materials, semi-finished and finished products of the textile industry at all processing levels.
This “product” label is renewed and controlled every year.
Dual objective : consumer protection and safety in production.
This label aims at protecting the consumer and reducing to its minimum the presence of harmful substances or chemicals that may pose a health risk
The control methods developed by the OEKO-TEX® Association and members are based on simulation tests representative of current practices.
The methods are based on 3 possible contamination ways : 1/ skin contact 2/ ingestion (sucking by babies) 3/ inhalation (for large size items : emission of harmful volatile compounds)
OEKO-TEX® label ensures chemical safety and traceability, basing on 4 confidence and control levels :
Technical expertise, chemical analysis, control audits, random inspections in warehouse and factory.
Demanding and securing specification requirements
Taking into account the latest international regulations, the OEKO-TEX 100 standard is continuously updated with new criteria and/or treshold values.
For instance: since the implementation of the REACH regulation, the OEKO-TEX Association makes sure that
- OEKO-TEX® 100 certified items comply with REACH Annex XVII (if concerned by hazardous substances or restrictions)
- SVHC substances of the candidate list involved in textile production are followed in the OEKO-TEX® 100.
The application of the precautionary principle (followed criteria, treshold values, dosing methods) ensures a security level that goes far beyond the regulatory requirements.
Today, being OEKO-TEX® certified means :
- Improved traceability and quality
- Easier access to some markets
- Managing and anticipating the regulatory pressure
- Positive differentiation (Human Ecology)
- Worldwide recognition
- A new alternative for consumers concerned with health and well-being
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