Oeko-Tex Standard 100

Oeko-Tex Standard 100

The Oeko-Tex 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 appearance.

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.


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