Certification according to OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100

Consumers' interests in sustainable articles are increasing and brands in the clothing industry are increasingly more demanding with regard to the purchasing of certified textile products. If you want to be a successful manufacturer, you should actively face the growing demands. Certification according to OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100 can ensure a decisive competitive advantage for manufacturers. It is performed uniformly around the world by the independent OEKO-TEX® institutes and is applicable to textile products of all processing steps, from the thread to the end product.

STANDARD 100 at a glance


If you have successfully undergone the certification process for STANDARD 100, you can label your products accordingly for 12 months.


License fees are charged for the certification. Depending on the amount of testing involved, this includes the laboratory costs and costs for visits to your company. Our institutes will be happy to make you a non-binding offer.


You can request an extension of your STANDARD 100 certificate at any time from your responsible institute.


As holder of a STANDARD 100 certificate, you agree to undergo regular audits by our independent testing institutes. The mandatory company visits take place in a 3-year cycle.

Your benefits as a manufacturer

  • Customers trust the labels on our products and materials with the STANDARD 100 Label. The investment in the certification by OEKO-TEX® is worth it because it sustainably guarantees your business relationships.

  • Use the STANDARD 100 certificate to gain access successfully to discerning customers. The criteria for STANDARD 100 often form the basis for Restricted Substances Lists of retail chains or discounters.

  • Gain certainty when selecting new suppliers along the textile chain: Use our network of over 21,000 companies, which already have the STANDARD 100 certificate, for your sources.

  • Keeping an overview of the internationally differing requirements is a challenge for many manufacturers in their daily practice. Transfer this task to our independent OEKO-TEX® institutes. They operate globally according to uniform and scientifically measurable standards.

  • If you outsource your quality assurance to us, you do not have to provide any resources for this yourself. We offer tailored solutions for enhancing processing and product quality.

  • Thanks to our modular system, the costs for certification are distributed across the individual production steps. Your advantage: The testing costs for the finished product are waived if all the components have already been successfully tested according to STANDARD 100.

Requirements for manufacturer certification

You have to fulfill the following criteria for a successful STANDARD 100 certification: Firstly, all the components and materials of your textile products must comply with the test criteria of STANDARD 100. If the results of the quality audit by an independent OEKO-TEX® institute are positive and regular quality assurance measures are demonstrably taken, you have taken the main steps on the path to certification. After signing the General Terms of Use, there is nothing preventing the STANDARD 100 certification.

Our test criteria and methods at a glance

The national and international statutory requirements concerning the product safety of textiles are difficult for manufacturers to comprehend in their everyday business.

Trust the experts from OEKO-TEX®. The current statutory provisions are covered in the extensive measures catalog for harmful substance testing and the relevance of future developments is checked.

  • The regulations regarding prohibited azo dyes, formaldehyde, nickel etc. are included in the test catalog.
  • Chemicals harmful to health are also tested if they have not yet been statutorily regulated.
  • Requirements of Annexes XVII and XIV of the REACH Directive, and of the ECHA-SVHC Candidate List are covered by the test method.
  • The OEKO-TEX® laboratory tests include around 100 test parameters and take into account the intended use of the textiles. The more intensive the skin contact of a textile product, the stricter the limit values for each product class.

Product class 1: Articles for babies and toddlers
Product class 2: Articles with direct contact to the skin
Product class 3: Articles without direct contact to the skin
Product class 4: Home textiles

The OEKO-TEX® LEATHER STANDARD applies to leather or fur products.
Chemicals and dyes are certified according to the OEKO-TEX® ECO PASSPORT.

5 steps to successful certification

  1. Complete the application form.
  2. The selected OEKO-TEX® institute will get in touch.
  3. After examining your documents, we define the scope of the audit and success parameters. We then test your articles according to STANDARD 100.
  4. If your product has successfully passed the laboratory test, you receive the STANDARD 100 certificate together with a detailed test report from your OEKO-TEX® institute.
  5. An OEKO-TEX® expert visits your site in order to confirm all the details. They may be either before or shortly after certification.
OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100 - Factsheet
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