OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100 is one of the world's best-known labels for textiles tested for harmful substances. It stands for customer confidence and high product safety. Find out here what STANDARD 100 means and why it is worth checking for this label when buying textiles.

What does the label mean?

If a textile article carries the STANDARD 100 label, you can be certain that every component of this article, i.e. every thread, button and other accessories, has been tested for harmful substances and that the article therefore is harmless for human health. The test is conducted by our independent OEKO-TEX® partner institutes on the basis of our extensive OEKO-TEX® criteria catalog. In the test they take into account numerous regulated and non-regulated substances, which may be harmful to human health. In many cases the limit values for the STANDARD 100 go beyond national and international requirements. The criteria catalog is updated at least once a year and expanded with new scientific knowledge or statutory requirements. It is not easy for manufacturers and customers to keep an overview of the legal situation concerning harmful substances every day. Our experts from the OEKO-TEX® institutes do this for you.

What articles can be certified?

In principle, all textile articles in every stage of processing are suitable for a STANDARD 100 certification, starting from the threads to the finished fabrics and finished articles. According to a modular system we test every single component and ingredient before the final article is allowed to carry the STANDARD 100 label. This includes threads, buttons, zippers and linings. The prints and coatings applied to the outer material are also tested for harmful substances according to the criteria applicable to them. Whether baby textiles, clothing, home textiles or decorative materials: Products carrying the STANDARD 100 label signal trust.

What are product classes?

A product class is a group of different articles categorized according to their intended utilisation. The various product classes differ in the requirements that the products have to fulfil and by the limit values that are applied.

Product class 1: This product class includes products for babies and has the strictest requirements and limit values.  

Product class 2: This product class includes products with skin contact. This comprises articles that come into direct contact with the skin to a large extent, such as blouses, shirts, underwear, mattresses, etc. 

Product class 3: This product class includes products without skin contact. This covers articles that have no or minimal contact with the skin, such as jackets and vests, belts, etc. 

Product class 4: This product class includes decoration materials. It covers all articles including initial products and accessories used for furnishing purposes, such as table cloths, curtains, upholstery fabrics, etc.  

STANDARD 100 at a glance

Strict criteria catalog

Every component of an article has to comply with the strict OEKO-TEX® test criteria: from the coating, the outer material and the stitching, to the application and zipper.

Globally standardised

The test criteria are globally standardised and are updated at least once a year on the basis of new scientific information or statutory requirements.

Independent test institutes

The tests are conducted and the certificates issued exclusively by neutral and independent OEKO-TEX® test institutes.

Label Check

Using the number on the label you can check the validity of the certification at any time.

Advantages for brands

  • Building up your own quality assurance is expensive. Let our independent OEKO-TEX® institutes do the work and concentrate on your business. We offer you individual solutions for improving processes and product quality as well as practical impetus for the quality work.
  • Our independent OEKO-TEX® institutes operate worldwide according to uniform and scientifically testable standards and keep an overview of the internationally different requirements for you. In this way you gain certainty when concluding transactions on the global market.
  • With a STANDARD 100 certificate you are investing in the credibility of your company. For years, end consumers have trusted the STANDARD 100 label. Your company will certainly profit from this trust.
  • The costs for the certification are distributed across the shoulders of all the producers involved in the previous steps. If we have already tested the components according to STANDARD 100, you do not need to arrange further certification for the finished product (exception: making-up).