The Oeko-Tex Association updated existing guidelines for its Oeko-Tex product portfolio. The update includes all certification systems and other services for consumer protection and sustainability throughout the textile “value creation chain.” Its new regulations will come into effect in April after a three-month transition period, according to the firm.
Oeko-Tex standards and guidelines are “based on the continuous exchange of experience with industry stakeholders, cooperation with initiatives and monitoring of legal regulations,” the organization said.
Updated regulations include Detox to Zero, an assessment tool that allows manufacturers in the textile chain to assess the quality of waste water and sludge and the status of companies’ chemical management systems, ultimately resulting in a status report. The update lends improved usability and clarity to users.
Its Eco Passport certification, which indicates a company’s compliance with their manufacturing restricted substance list, allows them to list up to five products from categories on an Eco Passport certificate. In the past, it was required that each certificate was issued for every product company, according to the firm.
The update also allows companies’ certified products listed in the Oeko-Tex Buying Guide and in the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Chemical Gateway. And chemical manufacturers are no longer obligated to disclose secret formulas, the company said. In lieu of disclosing, manufacturers will undergo more extensive analytical testing to attain Eco Passport certification.
Other notable updates include streamlined processes for attaining its Made in Green product label, which quickens the certification process, and a list of newly recorded harmful chemicals for its Leather Standard and Standard 100 certifications. Its Sustainable Textile Production, or STeP, assessments — which survey required company data — have been reduced by condensing the questionnaire, the company said. And STeP’s certificates and status reports have been integrated with Detox to Zero, to simultaneously provide users with information on Detox to Zero data.
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