New OEKO-TEX® test criteria finally come into force

OEKO-TEX® Certification as a helpful step towards REACH compliance

After the expiry of the three-month transition period, the criteria and limit values published by the OEKO-TEX® Association in early January for tests on harmful substances for textiles according to the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 finally came into force on 1 April 2012 for all certification procedures.

The new test requirements also consider, as is usual, all the Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) from the ECHA Candidate List relevant for textile production including the 20 chemicals added on 19 December 2011. Every OEKO-TEX® Certificate issued will also confirm that the certified item group complies with the provisions of Annex XVII of the REACH Regulation relating to restricted substances such as azo-dyes or nickel.

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