Basic information on product labelling

If the products tested by OEKO-TEX® meet the requirements of the respective standard, the applying company is authorised to label its articles with one of the OEKO-TEX® product labels or to use the label for other marketing purposes within the defined period of the existing certification.

Protected trademarks

The OEKO-TEX® product labels (STANDARD 100, MADE IN GREEN, LEATHER STANDARD, ECO PASSPORT) are internationally registered trademarks that are legally protected by the Madrid Agreement.

  • Forgeries and misuse of the trademarks will be prosecuted under criminal and civil law.
  • An OEKO-TEX® product llabel is valid only if it includes the actual assigned test number (STANDARD 100, LEATHER STANDARD, ECO PASSPORT) or a product ID (MADE IN GREEN) and the responsible test institute.

This allows the International OEKO-TEX® Association to verify whether a label is authorised for use at any time. This principle of unique verifiability is one of the cornerstones of the OEKO-TEX® system and safeguards the end consumer's trust in the brand.

Unique product reference

  • For any type of advertising using one of the OEKO-TEX® labels (product labelling, marketing, sales) it must be absolutely clear to which product the OEKO-TEX® label refers.

    This means that a direct and unique product reference must be provided whenever one of the labels is used. In concrete terms, that means that an OEKO-TEX® label can only be used in brochures, catalogues, online shops and elsewhere when it is referencing a product with the test number/product ID displayed on it.
  • This basic principle applies both to positioning of the OEKO-TEX® label itself and to product labelling in text form where reference is made to an existing OEKO-TEX® certificate/label, stating the correct test number/product ID and test institute.
  • If a one-to-one reference is not possible or practical in individual cases, a collective or advertising test numer or product ID can also be requested. A special advertising label can then be generated based on this collective or advertising test number/product ID by OEKO-TEX®. The listed test number/product ID in this case does not reference an individual product, but instead represents the company in general or stands for different certifications subsumed under this test number/product ID.

Basic elements of the OEKO-TEX® product labels

Each OEKO-TEX® label consists of five basic elements that must be included in every version of the label - as shown above in the example of the MADE IN GREEN label:

  • The respective product logo - e.g. MADE IN GREEN
  • The test number / product-ID, and the name of the responsible OEKO-TEX® institute
  • The explanatory label text - e.g. "Tested for harmful substances and produced sustainably in accordance with OEKO-TEX® guidelines"
  • The respective internet address - e.g. "www.madeingreen.com"
  • The frame around all other label contents.

Without these basic elements all the OEKO-TEX® labels (including STANDARD 100, MADE IN GREEN, LEATHER STANDARD and ECO PASSPORT) are not legally valid!

Minimum width of the OEKO-TEX® product labels

  • Regardless of the form of product labelling, or any other label use for advertising purposes, the minimum width of all OEKO-TEX® labels is 27 mm (to ensure an adequate legibility).
  • The height of the label may vary depending on the language of the label text.

May I modify the form of the OEKO-TEX® labels?

No. Label templates that either have been issued by one of the OEKO-TEX® institutes or have been downloaded from the MyOEKO-TEX® portal can be used only in the form provided by OEKO-TEX® without any modifications.

Where can I get templates of the OEKO-TEX® product labels?

  • Templates for the STANDARD 100, LEATHER STANDARD, and ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® labels are available free of charge from any OEKO-TEX® test institute as vectorised pdf-files (for printing purposes) and in png-format (for online purposes).
  • In addition, OEKO-TEX® customers can download label templates from the MyOEKO-TEX® portal by themselves at any time. The individual login data for the portal are available from your responsible OEKO-TEX® institute.
  • Templates for the MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® label are available as vectorised pdf files (for print documents) and in png format (for online applications) for each label owner to be downloaded from the MADE IN GREEN Dashboard. The templates include all current versions of the MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® label.