Our commitment to more transparency is reflected in our Standards and our processes.
Our Standards are revised annually to ensure that new scientific findings, new regulations, or market requirements can be implemented and adapted immediately.
Technical committees develop and revise the OEKO-TEX® Standards based on inputs and expertise of the 17 international testing institutes of the OEKO-TEX® Association. The technical committees are made up of experts from the testing institutes in various areas and countries who jointly discuss possible adjustments. Textile engineers, technicians, chemists, lawyers, social scientists, marketers, etc. are represented so that as many perspectives as possible can be considered.
The proposals developed during the process are being reviewed by the OEKO-TEX® International Advisory Board (IAB). The IAB is established to bring diversified stakeholder expertise and perspective to the OEKO-TEX® Association. It allows perspectives of key industry stakeholders in our Standard revision process. Finally, the proposals are discussed in the annual testing institute manager meeting, which is tasked with defining and expressing final positions and recommendations.
OEKO-TEX® develops certifications and labels that support consumers, brands, and retailers in their purchasing decisions and thereby improving conditions and circumstances for stakeholders in the industry and protecting our planet. To meet this, OEKO-TEX® strives to involve all stakeholders in the setting and revision process of the OEKO-TEX® Standards on a regular basis.
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The goal of the OEKO-TEX® public stakeholder consultation is to allow for the participation of stakeholders in the OEKO-TEX® Standard setting process. We consult at a time so that stakeholder views can be considered by our technical committees in developing the proposals to update the OEKO-TEX® Standards.
Conduction of the OEKO-TEX® Public Stakeholder Consultation
All stakeholders had the possibility to participate in the OEKO-TEX® Public Stakeholder Consultation which was shared on the OEKO-TEX® website.
Review of feedback & assignment
Every comment and input received from stakeholders was reviewed internally and passed on to the responsible.
Publication of first insights of the OEKO-TEX® Public Stakeholder Consultation - 2022
A first overview of the results and next steps are shared on the OEKO-TEX® website with all stakeholders.
Elaboration & discussion of feedback - Second half of 2022 / First half of 2023
The responsible working group will discuss every comment and input received during the OEKO-TEX® Public Stakeholder Consultation.
Response to stakeholder comments - First half of 2023
The detailed feedback received through the OEKO-TEX® Public Stakeholder Consultation as well as the response from OEKO-TEX® will be on the OEKO-TEX® website.