ORIGIN OF THE
The international Oeko-Tex® label, Standard 100, was developed in 1992 by the textile research institutes OTI (Austria), and Hohenstein (Germany) to meet the needs of health- and welfare-conscious consumers.
UNIQUE SPECIFICATIONS AND INTERNATIONAL CREDIBILITY
The Oeko-Tex® Standard 100, “textile confidence” is a global control and certification system for raw materials, semi-finished products and finished products. It is a product label. It is renewed and checked every year.
A DUAL OBJECTIVE: PROTECTION
FOR THE CONSUMER
AND SAFE MANUFACTURING
FOR PREMATURE BABIES
This label aims to protect the consumer by minimising the presence of harmful substances or substances that may pose a risk to health.
The control methods developed by the Oeko-Tex® Association and its members are based on simulation tests, deemed representative of common usage.
They include the three possible modes of contamination: 1) skin contact, 2) ingestion (sucking by babies), and 3) inhalation (emissions of harmful volatile compounds fom large items).
The Oeko-Tex® label guarantees chemical safety and traceability by relying on four levels of trust and control: technical expertise, chemical analyses, control audits and random inspections in stores and factories (as fraud prevention does).
In line with the latest international regulations, the specifications of the Oeko-Tex® association, Standard 100, are updated continuously and propose new criteria and/or new limit values
For example, since the implementation of the REACH regulations, the Oeko-Tex® Association will ensure that: items are Oeko-Tex® certified to meet the requirements of annexe XVII of REACH (as long as the chemical or the restrictions relate to articles), the SVHC substances from the candidate list and which relate to the textile production are followed in standard 100.
The application of the precautionary principle (criteria followed, limit values, dosage methods) guarantees a level of safety that goes well beyond regulatory requirements.
Today, being Oeko-Tex® certified means:
improved traceability and quality, facilitating access to certain
markets, controlling and anticipating regulatory pressure, positive differentiation (Human Ecology), and international recognition, offering
a new alternative for consumers who care
about their health and well-being.
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