ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® is an independent certification system for chemicals, colourants and auxiliaries used in the textile and leather industry. During a multistep process, we analyse whether each individual ingredient in the chemical product meets the statutory requirements and that it is not harmful to human health. Both brands and manufacturers value the ECO PASSPORT as credible proof of sustainable textile and leather production.
What does the certificate state?
The certification system ECO PASSPORT is designed for manufacturers of process chemicals and chemical compounds. The leather and textile chemicals certified in accordance with the ECO PASSPORT have been tested for harmful substances in critical concentrations as listed in the ECO PASSPORT standard. The label also gives transparent proof of which articles meet the criteria for ecologically responsible textile and leather manufacture. Once per year, OEKO-TEX® updates the banned substances and limit values and expands them to include new scientific findings or statutory requirements.
Which products can be certified?
All chemicals, colourants and auxiliaries used for the manufacture of textiles and leather materials can be certified in accordance with ECO PASSPORT. This also includes industry-specific formulations (chemical compounds) for the textile, leather and clothing industry.
Which brands are already on-board?
Many companies use the free showcase on the OEKO-TEX® website as an advertising platform with an international presence. Check our Buying Guide to see which brands have already had their leather articles certified!
During the CAS Number Screening, we first compare the product components declared by the applicant against the list of harmful chemicals for the ECO PASSPORT (RSL/MRSL) or SVHC Candidate List from REACH.
An analytical laboratory test is carried out in the second step. This should ensure that the certified chemicals can be used in the sustainable production of human-ecological optimised textiles and leather articles.
Self-Assessment and On-Site Visit (optional)
Working conditions, environmental management and safety are checked during an on-site visit. Selection of this audit with assessment is optional for the applicant.
The validity of the certificate can be checked via an individual certificate number. You can also receive information on the products covered by the certificate.
Benefits for brands
With the independent certification, you demonstrate your sustainability approach to your customers in procurement and encourage trust in your products. ECO PASSPORT comprises a comprehensive approach for the handling of chemicals and is thus your pioneer for “Green Chemistry”.
You can use all chemicals certified in accordance with ECO PASSPORT for the production of STANDARD 100 and LEATHER STANDARD certified articles.
For certifications in accordance with STANDARD 100 and LEATHER STANDARD, ECO PASSPORT is recognised as a pre-certificate. You thus save on laboratory costs.
Certification incl. Self-Assessment and On-Site Visit is recognised by the ZDHC organisation as “MRSL Conformance Indicator Level 3”, currently the highest conformity level. Completion of the Screening and the Verification leads to ZDHC Conformity Level 1. Carrying out the Self-Assessment without the On-Site Visit leads to conformity level 2. You have the chance to find certified products in the OEKO-TEX® Buying Guide, which is public and free of charge.
The ZDHC Gateway and BHive App from GoBlu are available for the publication of certified products, including all associated certificates.
ECO PASSPORT is a reliable solution for publishing the chemical ingredients for your articles. Here you can learn which prerequisites your suppliers must meet for certification.