Standard 100 was developed in 1992 and is a globally recognised
test and certification system which serves as a reliable indicator to
the consumer that the textile products bearing the label are not harmful
to health in terms of possible toxic substances. What's more, this is
achieved without sacrificing functionality, ease of maintenance or a fashionable
The Oeko-Tex Standard 100 is upheld jointly by the International Oeko-Tex
Association, a grouping of 15 authorised
test institutes with branches in over 30 countries. The list
of criteria on which the testing for harmful substances is based
draws on the latest scientific findings and is continuously further developed,
so that year on year more far-reaching standards are set for the textiles
which are tested for their safety with regard to human ecology. The test
criteria and the associated test methods are standardised internationally
and are used as a guide in numerous sets of terms and conditions for purchase
and delivery, right through to the retailer.
Because of the differences that exist in the legal specifications and
safety concepts in particular countries, it is especially important, in
view of the international distribution of labour in the textile chain,
to have one consistent safety standard with regard to harmful substances.
The requirements of the wide-ranging list of criteria under the Oeko-Tex
Standard 100 increase the awareness of participating companies worldwide
in relation to problematic harmful substances.