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Proof of Trust by Centexbel

Proof of Trust by CentexbelPROOF OF TRUST by Centexbel is a system certifying the conformity of materials. It creates a higher market confidence through third party product controls. Centexbel, as an independent organisation, checks whether the statements made by the manufacturer are valid and whether this quality level can be guaranteed in the future. The certification of an article (or article group*) is related to specific criteria according to the certification subcategory.

* an article group is a combination of different articles, based on composition and/or production method

PROOF OF TRUST by Centexbel is based on existing standards (e.g. product standards).

PROOF OF TRUST by Centexbel is applicable to a wide range of articles, depending on the criteria of the certification subcategory.

PROOF OF TRUST by Centexbel is primarily based on already conducted tests. If no testing results are available or if they prove insufficient, additional tests will be carried out in the context of the certification.

PROOF OF TRUST by Centexbel includes annual market controls, both in-company and/or off shelf.

PROOF OF TRUST by Centexbel includes 4 independent subcategories:

  • phthalate-free products
  • solvent-free products
  • recycled material content
  • bio-based raw materials

1. PROOF OF TRUST by Centexbel Phthalate-free**

Phthalates are a group of chemicals mainly used as plasticizers. Several phthalates have been restricted in the European Union for use in children's toys since 1999 (2005/84/EG) and more recently included into the REACH regulation (1907/2006). Some companies, however, wanting to do even better, are producing phthalate-free products.

**List of included phthalates may vary in accordance to legislation and test methods

Concept definition:

PROOF OF TRUST by Centexbel certifies the absence of phthalates in an article (article group).

Criteria:

  • conformity with generally applicable product standards
  • conformity with the European legislation on phthalates
  • 1 month of production stability

Classes:

  • 100% phthalates-free
    (Tolerance level: 0.1%)

2. PROOF OF TRUST by Centexbel Solvent-free

Solvents (Volatile Organic Compounds) are essential to numerous applications guaranteeing the efficiency and performance of the formulation. However, solvents can have negative effects on the environment, health and safety. Releases, intentional or not, of VOCs may harm the environment or human health, depending on the particular chemicals involved, their quantity and concentration.

Concept definition:

PROOF OF TRUST by Centexbel certifies the absence of solvent-based products in an article (article group) and during production.

Criteria:

  • conformity with generally applicable product standards
  • conformity with the European legislation on VOC
  • 1 month of production stability

Classes:

  • 100% solvent free
  • (Tolerance level: 1%)

3. PROOF OF TRUST by Centexbel Recycled material content

The use of recycled materials is one of the most widespread environmental strategies employed by manufacturers. It is also a key factor in the emerging sustainability standards. Centexbel verifies the recycled content claims, documenting the accomplishments of manufacturers.

Concept definition:

PROOF OF TRUST by Centexbel certifies the amount of used recycled materials in an article (article group), by means of a mass balance (g/g).

Criteria:

  • conformity with generally applicable product standards
  • conformity with (European) Waste legislation, when using waste products (supplier as well as company)
  • 1 month of production stability

Classes:

  • 10% recycled content
  • 25% recycled content
  • 50% recycled content
  • 80% recycled content
  • 100% recycled content (including at least 85% post-consumer recycled material)
    (Tolerance level: 1%)

4. PROOF OF TRUST by Centexbel Bio-based raw materials

The term "bio-based" expresses that the products are made from biological raw materials such as plants (renewable materials). It also includes novel extensively processed materials such as bio-plastics, bio-lubricants, surfactants and enzymes. Bio-based products can substitute fossil-based products.
Since a few years however, the market is flooded by countless bio-labels and marketing stories all claiming to sell bio-based products, without any scientific or independent proof. Unfortunately, this so-called "green washing" is an obstacle to the solid introduction on the market of bio-based articles by want of certainty and transparency.

Concept definition:

PROOF OF TRUST by Centexbel certifies the amount of used bio-based raw materials in an article (article group), by means of a mass balance (g/g).

Criteria:

  • conformity with generally applicable product standards
  • conformity with European legislation (ongoing standardization of the terms eco, green, organic in textiles)
  • 1 month of production stability

Classes:

  • 50% bio-based raw materials
  • 75% bio-based raw materials
  • 100% bio-based raw materials
    (Tolerance level: 1%)

PROOF of TRUST by Centexbel applies to:

  • clothing
  • floor covering
  • building materials
  • piping
  • sheets
  • other (toys, …)

Certification procedure

Certification:

  • written application
  • desk audit: application form processing, verification and inventory raw materials, available testing results
  • on-site audit: verification raw materials, verification used chemicals and preparations, licences
  • testing (if necessary and only applicable to the certification of phthalate and solvent free products)
  • certification report
  • declaration of conformity
  • certificate

Each change in raw material, supply, machinery, end-product has to be reported!

Market control :

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Timing:

  • complete certification procedure: every three years
  • market control (in-company and/or off shelf): every year
    the latter does not entail any costs for the producer