OEKO-TEX® certificate for REACh compliance

Press information 08-Jul-2013 | 2120-EN

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On 20 June 2013, the European Chemicals Agency ECHA added another six chemicals to their candidate list of Substances of Very High Concern. OEKO-TEX® would like to expressly point out to all companies that the newly added substances are already part of the current OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 testing criteria. Each OEKO-TEX® certificate also confirms that the certified products meet the current requirements of Annex XVII of the REACh Regulation with regard to restricted substances such as azo dyes or nickel.

AT~SEA project sends out press release

Harvesting sustainable chemicals and energy at sea:

Advanced textiles and seaweeds can reduce our crude oil dependency

The AT~SEA project aims at developing advanced technical textiles to demonstrate the technical and economical feasibility of open sea cultivation of macroalgae (seaweed).

New ISO standard High visibility clothing

EN ISO 20471:2013 High visibility clothing - Test methods and requirements (ISO 20471:2013)

Today, 28/06/2013 the "Official Journal of the European Union" published the new EN ISO 20471:2013 standard, officially replacing at the same time the existing standard EN 471:2003+A1:2007.

From today onwards, high visibility clothing will be certified according to the new standard.

A transition period is foreseen: standard EN 471:2003+A1:2007 will also remain valid until 30 September 2013.

Veramtex wins Oeko-Tex Sustainability Award 2013

In a ceremony on 12 June 2013, OEKO-TEX® presented the Sustainability Award in the five categories of Environmental Management, Quality Management, Social Responsibility, Safety Management, and Product Innovation.


The times they are a-changin'

Trade Marks and the EU Is it Time for Change? The European Commission Certainly Thinks so

Author: Gemma Kirkland

User-centered thinking

User-centered thinking: also to influence purchase decisions

Each and every salesman has been there: although he has the feeling that the buyer is convinced by his sales talks, he later receives a negative reply. It’s not easy to find out where it went wrong, and yet the reason is obvious. A purchaser does not decide single-handedly. All kinds of stakeholders within the company often have a strong influence on the decision. This network of persons is also called the purchaser’s eco-system.

Your patent in 90 days?

If you've ever applied for a patent, or if you've ever had the intention to do so, then you will know that it may take a very long time. For a patent application filed in Belgium, for example, it takes some 18 months before the patent is granted. Automatically, it will take longer to enjoy a tax reduction form patent revenues. At the same time, a rapidly granted patent will help preventing infringements.

Trade marks: easier access and better protection

Trade marks: Commission proposes easier access and more effective protection

On March 27th, 2013, the European Commission has presented a package of initiatives to make trade mark registration systems all over the European Union cheaper, quicker, more reliable and predictable. The proposed reform would improve conditions for businesses to innovate and to benefit from more effective trade mark protection against counterfeits, including fake goods in transit through the EU's territory.

Biggest certified safety vest in the world


This world's largest safety vest was certified by Centexbel and is now listed in the Guinness Book of Records !

Congratulations to Sioen, Alsico and 3M, Secura and Febelsafe !

Here's the video on "the making of"!

The Select Committee for the unitary patent goes live

The Select Committee of the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation dealing with the unitary patent held its first session today at the EPO in Munich. For the user community and for the EPO, this is a further milestone after the adoption of the unitary patent package in December 2012 and the signing last month of the international agreement on the Unified Patent Court.