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New Oeko-Tex testing criteria & REACh-Compliance
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Apr '09
The new Oeko-Tex Standard 100 criteria for testing for harmful substances published at the beginning of this year are in force. Implementation took place on 1 April, at the end of a three-month transition period.

As always, the Oeko-Tex Association is taking internationally valid legal standards into consideration in the further development of the Oeko-Tex testing criteria:

The REACh-Regulation requires you as a company in the textile and garment industry to inform your customers further down the supply chain if your products contain any substances that have been declared SVHCs in a concentration that is greater than 0.1 percent by weight.

Due to their rating as substances of very high concern in the Candidate List published by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) on 28 October 2008, HBCDD is fully excluded from the current Oeko-Tex criteria catalogue and the phthalates, DEHP, BBP and DBP, strictly regulated in all four product classes.

Potassium dichromate, which is also on the REACh Candidate List, is already effectively excluded from Oeko-Tex certified products due to the criteria requirement that chromium VI may not be detectable in Oeko-Tex certified products. Use of biocide finishing agents based on organic tin compounds such as the candidate substance bis(tributyltin) oxide has already been fully excluded from the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 for a number of years.

The Oeko-Tex Association will continue to place special focus on the activities of the ECHA. Upon announcement of new candidate substances, the association will determine the relevance of the substance for the textile and garment industries and determine whether it should be included in the Oeko-Tex criteria catalogue.

Because the REACh regulations are applied across sectors, they also affect packaging materials. Please note, however, that packaging is not necessarily included an Oeko-Tex certification.

Experts at Oeko-Tex member institutes can advise you about the details of the certification process and individually clarify for you which standards of the European REACh legislation have been met by Oeko-Tex certificate holders.

Effective immediately, the following new rules will be applied during every certification process:

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