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Oeko-Tex Standard 100 presents new test criteria and limit values for 2016

The new regulations come definitely into force on 1 April 2016 for all certifications, following a three-month transition period.

15th January 2016

Knitting Industry
 |  Zurich

Knitted Outerwear

At the start of the year, the International Oeko-Tex Association has published the updated test criteria and limit values for product certification in accordance with Oeko-Tex Standard 100. The new regulations contained therein come definitely into force on 1 April 2016 for all certifications, following a three-month transition period.

Supplements or changes were made to the following test parameters in the Oeko-Tex criteria catalogue: perfluorinated compounds, organotin compounds, softeners/phthalates, pesticides, chlorinated phenols, chlorinated benzenes and toluenes, colourants classified as carcinogenic and which are thus prohibited, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, alkylphenols and alkylphenol ethoxylates, as well as flame-retardant substances. The new test parameter UV stabilisers was also included in Oeko-Tex product class IV.

Details and changes

For textile producers, brands, retailers and other interested parties who would like more details about the latest changes in the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 criteria catalogue, Oeko-Tex will hold two webinars in German and English on 3 February 2016.

All participants can direct their individual questions to the moderator of the webinar via Live Chat so that they can be answered during or shortly after the event. For more information about the German webinar on 3 February, contact Ms Birgit Klaus, e-mail: [email protected] . To find out about the US, please contact Ms Dina Dunn, e-mail: [email protected] .

A complete overview of all amendments and inclusions to the 2016 issue of the Oeko-Tex Standard 100, including a summary of chemical substances, CAS numbers, limit values and background information can also be downloaded from the Oeko-Tex website.

Oeko-Tex Standard 100

Since its introduction in 1992, the central focus of the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 has been the development of test criteria, limit values and test methods on a scientific basis. From a consumer's point of view, almost 25 years of experience as a leading international certification system for independent textile substance testing contributes to a high degree of effective product safety.

Test criteria and limit values in many cases go far beyond applicable national and international standards. Extensive product checks after the certificate has been issued, as well as regular company audits, also ensure that the industry has a globally sustainable awareness of the responsible use of chemicals.

Using its extensive and strict catalogue of measures with several hundred regulated individual substances, the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 not only takes into account important statutory regulations, requirements of Annexes XVII and XIV and the SVHC candidate list for textile products from REACH together with requirements from the US Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), but also significantly supports initiatives such as the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) initiative and the Detox Campaign.

Download a complete overview of all changes and inclusions

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