Trust within the textile and leather industry is based on consistently high quality. the Oeko-Tex Association is again publishing updates to the applicable test criteria, limit values and guidelines for its certifications.
Starting April 2023, the new Oeko-Tex Organic Cotton certification will focus on reliable labelling of organic cotton textiles. The aim is not only to check production, but to make the raw materials traceable through the supply chain.
Oeko-Tex has issued a general ban on the use of perfluorinated and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS/PFC) in textiles, leather and footwear for the Standard 100, Leather Standard and Eco Passport. Further changes are being planned for Oeko-Tex Eco Passport certification: the self-assessment will become mandatory for all customers' production sites from April 2023.
The Oeko-Tex Association, Zurich/Switzerland, is publishing the new test criteria, 2023. All new regulations will finally come into force on April 1, 2023.
An important partnership was created with sustainability accelerator GoBlu International Ltd., Hong Kong/China. The BHive app from GoBlu into STeP will enable certified production companies to check sustainability requirements and chemical management in global supply chains. By integrating with Oeko-Tex STeP, STeP customers reap the benefits of a comprehensive chemical database that ensures long-term reductions in labor, time and costs. The use of intelligent systems also optimizes reliable compliance with recognized industry standards such as the STeP MRSL and the ZDHC MRSL.
The new 2023 regulations are available for all Oeko-Tex products at www.oeko-tex.com/news.