Oeko-Tex 100 certification
The Oeko-Tex 100 standard was announced and applied by the Hohenstein German Testing Institute and the Institute für Oekologie, Technik und Innovation WTI (Wien / Austria) in 1992. The purpose is textile products from pine factories. Usually, the laboratory will test for hazardous substances in the laboratory and then will be labeled 'confidence in Textiles' to inform consumers. Oeko-Tex-labeled textile products have been shown to contain less hazardous substances that affect health than the established limits.
Simultaneously with the application of standards, a globally consistent quality management system for manufacturers and traders was established. The management system will be held by the manufacturing and processing units at each stage of the textile and garment production chain and balancing the various evaluation criteria related to the potential risks. polluted. With the help of Oeko-Tex certification, compliance with ecological quality standards for the next steps in the production chain as well as the end-consumer will be verified specifically.
Textile products can only be certified according to the Oeko-Tex 100 standard when all components meet the necessary criteria - for example, for clothing, except for the main fabric, sewing and printing threads , buttons, zippers, buttons and all accessories used to make clothes must meet the required standards, ie must be tested or have Oeko-Tex certification.
The scope and required testing of hazardous substances according to Oeko-Tex 100 standard depends on the purpose of textile products. The more the product comes into contact with the skin of a user, the lower the concentration of the harmful chemicals in the product.
Accordingly, four product groups are specifically distinguished:
I - Products for infants and young children (up to 36 months of age)
II - Products in direct contact with the skin on a large scale and long term
III - Textile products do not or have very little skin contact
IV - Interior decoration materials (used for decoration purposes)
After testing and all testing criteria meet the required standards, as well as signing the certification of appropriate declaration, manufacturers will be issued an Oeko-Tex certificate valid for one year for their products. Upon expiry of this period, the manufacturer may renew the certificate for each year by submitting the inspection form and application for extension to the representative office directly responsible.
Test criteria and limit values are applied in Oeko-Tex standard, are valid worldwide and updated and expanded every year.
Testing parameters include:
- Substances banned under current law
- Substances controlled by law
- Toxic substances have been recorded but not yet published by law authorities - Parameters applicable to health care
Textile products will be tested for formaldehyde, pesticides, extracted heavy metals, organochlorine derivatives and preservatives such as tetra - and pentachlorophenol. In addition, textiles will be tested for substances (prohibited by law) that cause MAK-amin cancer, especially azo dyes as well as potentially allergenic dyes that have been scientifically proven. intelligent. In addition, all test products must have a pH suitable for human skin and have good color fastness.
The latest table of testing criteria can be found at:
Oeko-Tex Standard 100 plus
An enterprise that meets the requirements of the Oeko-Tex 1000 standard, is certified as an eco-friendly workshop and in addition, its products are also tested and certified Oeko-Tex 100, the This product will be branded Oeko-Tex 100 plus. These products are products that have been tested for hazardous substances, produced in environmentally friendly and socially responsible terms. However, another requirement is that the entire production chain - that is, all the factories participating in the production of the product - must have an Oeko- Tex 1000 environmental friendly certificate.