Frequently asked questions

Why is my product with the STANDARD 100 label tested for harmful substances?

There are several good reasons for testing for harmful substances:

  • The safety of textiles cannot be determined through visual inspection alone – not even by experts. Laboratory tests based on scientific findings, carried out by facilities with the required expertise, are the only way to ascertain beyond doubt whether textile items are free from unwanted harmful substances.
  • In addition, division of labour is very high in textile production. The individual production steps are often based in several countries with different legal requirements regarding possible harmful substances. Transparent, globally standardised test criteria as with STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® are therefore indispensable when testing for harmful substances.
  • Many product properties that we require from textiles today (e.g. functions, colours, easy iron finishing, dimension stability, etc.) can only be achieved through targeted use of chemicals. It is therefore even more important that the textile production process uses no unwanted substances which remain as a residue on the final product, possibly causing health problems for the wearer.

Can I really rely on STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® tests for harmful substances?

Of course, you can rely on the STANDARD 100 label and the underlying tests for harmful substances.

  • Product certification according to OEKO-TEX® is only possible if all components of an item comply with the required test criteria without exception. This means that not only the outer fabric of the garment is tested for harmful substance, but also all other components such as sewing threads, accessory parts (buttons, studs, zips, etc.) as well as coatings, prints and other applications.
  • The criteria for OEKO-TEX® testing for harmful substances are revised every year and are therefore always up to date with regard to legal regulations and the newest scientific findings.
  • The OEKO-TEX® test criteria have globally consistent validity. It therefore does not matter where the certified products are manufactured and where consumers buy them.
  • OEKO-TEX® testing for harmful substances is applicape to all kinds of textiles, regardless of the material from which they are manufactured (natural fibres, synthetic fibres, organic cotton, recycled materials, etc.).
  • Testing and certification of the textiles is carried out exclusively by neutral/independent facilities: The accredited research and testing institutes of the International OEKO-TEX® Association.
  • STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certified items are also subject to random testing after certification in the framework of product checks to ensure compliance with the stipulated criteria.
  • The OEKO-TEX® laboratory tests take into account all conceivable ways how harmful substances could enter the body, e.g. by skin contact, by respiration and by XXX.
  • Consumers can independently verify the validity of a label using the test number stated at any time.

Which products are certified according to OEKO-TEX® Standard 100?

Product certification according to STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® focuses on the garment sector as well as on home textiles, but it also includes technical textiles (e.g. car seat covers) and medical applications (e.g. support stockings or bandages).

A wide range of OEKO-TEX® certified products is available in retail. However, it can occur that some products are not marked with the OEKO-TEX® label because product labelling is not mandatory for the manufacturers. So it is always worth asking about the label in the shop.

Examples for OEKO-TEX® certified end products are...

  • all types of clothing
  • textile products for babies and children
  • bed linen and bedding
  • other home textiles
  • sports clothing and functional textiles
  • underwear and swimwear
  • textile toys
  • terry items
  • outdoor textiles
  • socks, headgear, accessories etc.

Where can I buy products with the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® label?

OEKO-TEX® certified textiles are available from almost all retail segments:

  • from clothes and lingerie shops
  • from specialist departments of department stores
  • through mail-order shopping (catalogues and internet)
  • from the non-food areas of discount supermarkets
  • at online portals and online exchange services etc.

Labelling items with the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® label is not mandatory, therefore it may occur that not all certified items are actually marked with the label. When in doubt, it is worth specifically inquiring with the manufacturer!