OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 test criteria – New regulations for 2016 came definitely into force on 1 April

After the expiry of the usual three-month transition period, the test criteria and limit values for OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 that were published at the start of the year came definitely into force on 1 April 2016. With many of these measures, the OEKO-TEX® Association significantly supports both the “Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) initiative” and the “Detox campaign”. OEKO-TEX® has also made the textile production chain more aware of the need for responsible handling of potentially harmful substances in textile products and its pioneering role has contributed greatly to effective consumer protection. With more than 150,000 certificates issued in total since 1992, more than 14,000 certifications in the last twelve months alone and growth of 5.7 % in comparison to the previous year, the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 Label has been able to extend its world leading position in the area of textiles tested for harmful substances. Since 2010, these product-based hazardous substance tests have been accompanied by comprehensive mandatory quality management audits worldwide. An evaluation of the audits performed up to this point shows that the company visits, which take place at least every three years, provide both an effective measure for ensuring human-ecological product quality and a valuable aid for certification in accordance with STeP by OEKO-TEX® as part of the quality management module. In addition to hazardous substance testing, this has allowed the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 and its extensive market sample testing, QM company audits, workshops, training sessions and talks by OEKO-TEX® experts on location to play a major role in finding and eliminating existing unknown weakpoints in operations, especially in relation to initiatives like ZDHC or Detox. Read more: 01-Apr-2016 | 2223-EN Press information More information: contact the Centexbel Oeko-tex team at oeko@centexbel.be