The OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 is an independent testing and certification system for textile raw materials, intermediate and end products at all stages of production. Examples for items eligible for certification: Raw and dyed/finished yarns, raw and dyed/finished fabrics and knits, ready-made articles (all types of clothing, domestic and household textiles, bed linen, terry cloth items, textile toys and more).
illegal substanceslegally regulated substancesknown harmful (but not legally regulated) chemicalsas well as parameters for health care
Testing for harmful substances includes:
In their entirety the requirements clearly exceed existing national legislation.
Laboratory tests and product classes
OEKO-TEX® testing for harmful substances always focus on the actual use of the textile. The more intensive the skin contact of a product, the stricter the human ecological requirements to be met.
Accordingly there are four product classes:
Product class I:
Textile items for babies and toddlers up to 3 years (clothing, toys, bed linen, terry cloth items etc.)
Product class II:
Textiles used close to the skin (underwear, bed linen, T-shirts etc.)
Product class III:
Textiles used away from the skin (jackets, coats etc.)
Product class IV:
Furnishing materials (curtains, table cloths, upholstery materials etc.)
The requirement for certification of textile products according to OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 is that all components of an item have to comply with the required criteria without exception – that means in addition to the outer material also sewing threads, linings, prints etc. as well as non-textile accessories such as buttons, zip fasteners, rivets etc.