OEKO-TEX® Standard 100
With its decades of experience, the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® contributes to a high and effective product safety from the consumer's point of view. Test criteria and limit values often go far beyond national and international regulations. Extensive product controls and regular company audits also ensure that the industry is sensitized to the responsible use of chemicals in a sustainable manner throughout the world. Thanks to this concept, the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® has been a pioneer for many years.
Textile products receive the STANDARD 100 label if they have been successfully tested for harmful chemicals on the basis of the comprehensive OEKO-TEX® criteria catalogue by one of the OEKO-TEX® member institutes and thus contribute to effective consumer protection. The prerequisite for the certification of products according to STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is that all components of an article meet the required criteria without exception - in addition to the outer fabric, e. g. sewing threads, inlays, prints, etc., as well as non-textile accessories such as buttons, eyes, pellets, etc., for example.
STANDARD 100 test criteria: The OEKO-TEX® tests for harmful substances comprise more than 100 different parameters and go far beyond the legal requirements. These include, among others:
- Forbidden azo colorants
- Carcinogenic and allergenic dyes
- Heavy metals (e. g. nickel)
- Plasticizers (Phthalates)
The certified articles comply with the applicable requirements of Annex XVII of REACH. Comprehensive safety for the consumer - this is the claim of the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 testing of harmful substances. 7 good reasons speak for the purchase of OEKO-TEX® certified articles:
- The OEKO-TEX® laboratory tests are always based on the intended use of a textile product. As babies are particularly sensitive, textile articles for toddlers up to 3 years of age are subject to the highest requirements of the entire testing program.
- The testing of pollutants is carried out exclusively by independent institutes.
- The same test criteria and methods apply uniformly all over the world. Therefore, it does not matter which OEKO-TEX® member institute carries out the laboratory tests, in which country the textiles were produced and where products with the OEKO-TEX® label are purchased.
- The OEKO-TEX® tests for harmful substances take into account all possible ways of absorbing undesirable substances into the body: through respiration, through skin contact and through the mouth. Special simulation tests enable a near-use assessment, e. g. for the proof of good colour fastness by means of artificial saliva solution - an important aspect especially for baby articles, as small children take everything in their mouths and suck on it.
- The criteria and limit values of the OEKO-TEX® laboratory tests are updated annually and supplemented if necessary.
- Inspection tests in the trade: Even after the successful certification of a textile product, OEKO-TEX® checks on the basis of random samples whether the articles with the OEKO-TEX® label available on the market meet the required criteria.
- The validity of an OEKO-TEX® label can be checked by the consumer at any time on the Internet using the test number given on it.