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Oeko-Tex standard 100 and REACh

Jun '07
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On 1 June 2007, the European regulation on the Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals (REACh) came into force. We spoke to Dr. Rainer Weckmann, Director of the department of Materials Testing at the Hohenstein Institutes about the effects of REACh on the around 6,000 companies who currently have their products tested and certified according to Oeko-Tex Standard 100 around the world.

Dr. Weckmann, the Oeko-Tex Standard was founded in 1992 – what developments have there been since then?
Dr. Weckmann: Over the past 15 years, the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 has developed into an internationally recognised brand label which is much valued amongst consumers and which enjoys a high level of acceptance.

The label “Confidence in textiles – Tested for harmful substances according to Oeko-Tex Standard 100” guarantees consumers that a textile product has been tested and certified as safe in terms of human ecology and offers a high degree of product safety.

The limit values for the individual harmful substances are more stringent than statutory regulations and are based on the latest scientific findings. The Oeko-Tex test label indicates to the user/consumer that the textile is safe in terms of human ecology.

How do the objectives of REACh compare to this?
REACh is a regulation relating to the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of chemicals, which are referred to as substances in REACh jargon. This applies to raw materials, individual substances and basic substances as well as their preparations or mixtures.

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