At the start of the year the supplier of testing and certification systems Oeko-Tex Association, Zurich/Switzerland, updates its existing guidelines as well as the valid test criteria and limits values for their certifications and services.
Following a transition period, all new regulations will come into effect on April 1, 2021. The test criteria for Oeko-Tex standards are updated at least once a year based on new scientific information or statutory requirements.
A special project in 2021 will be the integration of the carbon and water footprint into the Made in Green Label. In times of climate change and dwindling raw materials, there is an increased demand for fashion and textile products made of already used materials. Oeko-Tex has developed an approach to integrate recycled materials for greater sustainability as part of the Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex. This uniform approach requires a minimum amount of recycled material in an article, different test programs depending on the origin of the material and the definition of the necessary background information. A hangtag informs consumers about recycling in the sense of a circular economy. Oeko-Tex has introduced virtual assessments of production sites due to travel and contact restrictions imposed by Covid-19. This applies to assessments for Standard 100 and Leather Standard by Oeko-Tex as well as virtual on-site visits for SteP and Eco Passport certifications. The 2021 new regulations are available on the Oeko-Tex website www.oeko-tex.com.