The STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is a testing and certification system for raw, semi-finished, and finished textile products at all processing levels, as well as accessory materials used. Examples of articles that can be certified:

  • 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 (garments of all types, domestic and household textiles, bed linen, terry products, and much more)

Precondition for Certification

All parts of an article must meet the required criteria – in addition to the outer fabric, for example, also:

  • Sewing threads, inserts, prints
  • Non-textile accessories, such as buttons, zip fasteners, rivets

Additional preconditions are the existence and application of operational quality assurance measures, as well as the legally binding signing of undertakings and conformity declarations by the applicant.

Intended Use of Products

The more intensive the skin contact of a product and the more sensitive the skin, the stricter the human-ecological requirements that need to be complied with. Accordingly, a distinction is made between four product classes:

  • Product class I 
    Articles for babies and toddlers up to 3 years of age:
    underwear, rompers, clothing, bed linen, terry products
  • Product class II
    Articles that are worn close to the skin: 
    underwear, bed linen, t-shirts, socks
  • Product class III
    Articles used away from the skin:
    jackets, coats
  • Product class IV
    Decoration/furnishing materials:
    curtains, tablecloths, upholstery covers

What Does STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® Take into Consideration?

  • Important legal regulations, such as banned azo dyes, 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 of the US Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) regarding lead
  • Numerous environmentally relevant substance classes

With its decades of experience, the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 therefore 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. With this concept, the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 has taken on a pioneering role for many years.

Your Way to STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® Certificate

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