Information about use of the label
The label "Confidence in textiles – Tested for harmful substances according to STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®" is an internationally registered trademark. Accordingly the formal requirements of STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® should be observed for product labelling and other commercial use of the test label in order to avoid misuse.
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- Information about use of the label
In order to be entitled to mark and advertise textile products with the OEKO-TEX® label, all components, including accessories, must satisfy the requirements of the criteria catalogue without exception. The OEKO-TEX® certificate issued is proof for this.
An OEKO-TEX® label is only valid if an actually awarded test number and the relevant test institute are displayed. It is also essential that these details correspond with those on the company's certificate.
Ready-made end products always require their own test number, even if all components have already been successfully tested and certified according to OEKO-TEX® Standard 100.
For bedding covers, it should be noted that because of the different distribution channels of cover manufacturers and manufacturers of filling materials, the OEKO-TEX® label may only be attached to the outside if both cover and filling have been successfully tested according to OEKO-TEX® Standard 100.
A special case are products which cannot be covered by the OEKO-TEX® criteria catalogue in their entirety. These products as a whole must not be visibly marked with the OEKO-TEX® label in order to avoid misleading the consumer. Examples of individual components which can be certified under the OEKO-TEX® system include:
- Furniture covering materials for living room suites
- Safety belts for cars
- Pushchair covers
- Cushions for sun loungers and garden furniture
- Seat cushions available as separate items
In these cases, please consult with your contact at the relevant OEKO-TEX® Institute.
- Graphic design
According to current statutes the following design rules regarding the colours of the OEKO-TEX® label have to be observed for all forms of advertising use. Regardless of the respective intended use it is recommended to use the OEKO-TEX® label in a uniform manner to maintain the memorability of the test label.
- The minimum width of the label is 27 mm (to ensure an adequate legibility).
- The height of the label may vary depending on the language of the label text.
In the design of the mark the following colours must be used:
If, for particular reasons, the label can only be in two colours, the mark may be reproduced dichromatic with extra authorisation from the testing institute.
In case the print Is done in grey scales the following values have to be used:
- If in a particular language the use of umlaut is in use for printing or writing, it is permissible to use, for example, "Öko-Tex®" or "Øko-Tex®" instead of "OEKO-TEX®" and in reference to "STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®".
- Marking may be nationally recommended, especially in Scandinavian countries. For the rest, marking is the applicant's own responsibility.
- Translated versions of the label text "Confidence in textiles - tested for harmful substances according to STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®" which have not been authorised by the OEKO-TEX® Association are not permitted as they could alter or distort the message of the label.
- Currently there are around 30 authorised language versions of the label available for all important target markets where products with OEKO-TEX® certificates are sold. Upon request the OEKO-TEX® secretariat can arrange authorised translation into languages which are not yet available, though.
- Clear product reference
For any type of advertising using the OEKO-TEX® label (product labelling, marketing, sales) it must be absolutely clear to which product the OEKO-TEX® label refers.
This applies both to positioning of the OEKO-TEX® label itself as well as to product labelling in text form where reference is made to an existing OEKO-TEX® certificate, stating the correct test number and test institute.
Additional texts which go beyond the authorised wording of the test label may only be applied outside of the label.
- Protected trademark
The OEKO-TEX® label is an internationally registered trademark legally protected by the Madrid Agreement.
- Forgery and misuse of the trademark will be pursued under civil and criminal law.
- An OEKO-TEX® label is only valid if an actually awarded test number and the relevant test institute are displayed. It is also essential that these details correspond with those on the company's certificate.
This enables the International OEKO-TEX® Association to check at any time whether a right to use the label exists. This ability to clearly verify authorisation is one of the basic principles of the certification system and ensures the end user's confidence in the label.