OEKO-TEX Standard 100® - What is it?


The short version:


The OEKO Tex Standard 100 is used to check harmful chemicals and heavy metals in apparel and other textile products and sets the bar higher than any government or state agency in the world. It is a globally uniform testing and certification system for textile raw materials, intermediate and end products at all stages of production.

As a customer looking for the Oeko-tex stamp of approval is a great way to ensure quality products.

 

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The long version:


OEKO Tex, which is an independent organization based in Switzerland, created the 100 Standard as a collection of several international regulatory frameworks:

However, OEKO Tex takes it one step further than the US and EU, as the 100 Standard also includes the following:

  • Important legal regulations, such as banned Azo colorants, formaldehyde, pentachlorophenol, cadmium, nickel, etc.
  • Numerous harmful chemicals, even if they are not yet legally regulated.
  • Numerous also environmentally relevant substance classes

For Importers selling in several countries and markets, ensuring OEKO Tex Standard 100 is simply a matter of practicality, as you can be sure that you match the highest standard there is.

Notice: REACH is an EU regulation, that restricts hundreds of chemicals and heavy metals in textiles, CPSIA, which is only required for children’s products in the United States, restricts lead content in textiles.

STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is a worldwide consistent, independent testing and certification system for raw, semi-finished, and finished textile products at all processing levels, as well as for accessories.

Articles that fall within the scope of STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certification include raw and dyed/finished yarns, woven and knitted fabrics, accessories, such as buttons, zip fasteners, sewing threads or labels, ready-made articles of various types, such as all kinds of garments, domestic and household textiles, bed linen and terry products.

Test criteria

Since its introduction in 1992, the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® has developed test criteria, limit values and test methods on a scientific basis. On the basis of its comprehensive and strict catalogue of measures, with several hundred regulated individual substances, the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® takes account of:

  • Important legal regulations, such as banned Azo colourants, formaldehyde, pentachlorophenol, cadmium, nickel, etc.
  • Numerous harmful chemicals, even if they are not yet legally regulated.
  • Requirements of Annexes XVII and XIV of the European Chemicals Regulation REACh as well as of the ECHA SVHC Candidate List insofar as they are assessed by expert groups of the OEKO-TEX® Association to be relevant for fabrics, textiles, garments or accessories. Discussions and developments that are considered to be relevant are taken into account as quickly and effectively as possible through updates to the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® requirements.
  • Requirements from the US Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) regarding lead.
  • Numerous also environmentally relevant substance classes

OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 contributes to high and effective product safety from a consumer’s point of view. Test criteria and limit values in many cases go far beyond applicable national and international standards. Extensive product checks and regular company audits also ensure that the industry has a globally sustainable awareness of the responsible use of chemicals.

 

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resources:

https://www.oeko-tex.com/en/business/certifications_and_services/ots_100/ots_100_start.xhtml
http://www.ecolabelindex.com/ecolabel/oeko-tex-standard-100
https://www.centexbel.be/en/certification/oeko-tex-certification

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In depth reading: https://www.chinaimportal.com/blog/oeko-tex-standard-100/
More about REACH: https://www.chinaimportal.com/blog/reach-compliance-chemicals-importing-from-china/
More about CPSIA: https://www.chinaimportal.com/blog/cpsia-importing-childrens-products-china-united-states/
Information about Oeko-tex in Norwegian: https://www.forbrukerradet.no/merkeoversikten/helse/okotex/

 

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The GOTS is recognised as the world's leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibres. It defines high-level environmental criteria along the entire organic textiles supply chain and requires compliance with social criteria as well.

Global Organic Textile Standard, Ecology & social responsibility. May 2017. The Standard. [https://www.global-standard.org/the-standard.html]. Accessed January 18, 2019.