Textile Testing to Oeko-Tex Standard 100

Textile Testing to Oeko-Tex Standard 100

Oeko-Tex 100 Standard
Textile Testing to Oeko-Tex Standard 100

Oeko-Tex Standard 100 is a worldwide certification for textiles such as yarns, fabrics, buttons, linens, terry cloth, thread, and other accessory materials, developed in 1992 that tests for harmful substances in raw, semi-finished, and finished textile materials and products. The Oeko-Tex standard exists only to ensure the final product is safe for human use.

Common chemicals tested for during Oeko-Tex certification include arsenic, lead, phthalates, formaldehyde, and  pesticides, all of which are known to be harmful to human health. Additionally, fabrics are tested to ensure they have a pH that is acceptable to the skin. Products are divided into four different classes based on their intended use and contact with the skin.

  • Class I – textiles and accessories for babies and children up to 3 years of age. Products include: clothing, underwear, bedding, soft/plush toys, etc.
  • Class II – textiles which contact a large portion of the skin such as: bedding, clothing, underwear, etc. This is the largest majority of Oeko-Tex testing.
  • Class III – these textiles either do not come in direct contact with the skin, or have very minimal contact with skin. These products include coats and jackets and lining materials.
  • Class IV – textiles and home furnishing that are mainly decorative including products like curtains, floor coverings, table linens, etc.

Class II products are those most commonly tested for Oeko-Tex 100 standard compliance, as those products are most likely to have direct skin contact.

To have your product Oeko-Tex 100 certified, a 5 step process must be followed:

  1. Submit Application and Test Samples
    Before your product can even be tested, you must submit an application consisting of: a product description, a detailed description of each stage of the products manufacturing process, a complete list of any dyes or auxiliaries used in the manufacturing process, a safety data sheet for finishing agents, copies of any certificates of any materials already approved/certified, and a list of suppliers names for any components used in making the product. A complete application is submitted to the testing institution along with a sample of the product to be certified.
  2. Testing
    During this step the testing institute develops a plan for testing the product submitted in step 1, and then the textile is tested according to the plan and following all Oeko-Tex parameters.
  3. Report is Compiled
    After the sample has been tested, the applicant receives a report detailing the results of the testing.
  4. Declaration of Conformity
    Applicants must guarantee that the rest of their products manufactures will be made exactly as the tested sample was.
  5. Issue Certificate
    Products can be marked with the Oeko-Tex label after the applicant receives an Oeko-Tex certificate from the testing institute.

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