Basic elements

To implement the objectives of a reliable product label for consumers and a uniform safety standard for the assessment of harmful substances for textile and clothing manufacturers, the OEKO-TEX® system provides the following components:

  • Globally uniform and scientifically-based (textile and human ecologically relevant) test criteria
  • Annual re-evaluation and development of the stipulated limit values and criteria
  • Testing and certification of the textile products through independent test institutes with the relevant expertise
  • Testing of textile raw materials, intermediate and end products at all stages of processing (modular system)
  • Use of OEKO-TEX® certified source materials leads to synergetic effects in testing, incl. reduced costs for testing
  • Product conformity through internal quality management within the companies
  • Company audits to ensure best possible certification process and targeted support for operational quality assurance
  • Product monitoring by means of regular control tests in the market and site inspections by independent auditors from OEKO-TEX® Association