Quality assurance measures and aspects
Declaration of conformity
With the signed declaration of conformity, the applicant/certificate holder agrees that the OEKO-TEX® Association and the mandated OEKO-TEX® Institute may carry out control tests on products certified according to the LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX® during the validity period of the certificate to check compliance with the conditions and criteria required.
To specifically support and optimize operational quality assurance within the companies participating in the OEKO-TEX® system around the world, the OEKO-TEX® member institutes carry out an audit on-site with the applicant companies as an obligatory component of certification. Company monitoring takes place shortly before the time, or soon thereafter, when the certificate is issued and is repeated at least every three years.
The OEKO-TEX® Association carries out control tests of certified products every year for at least 25% of all certificates issued. For this purpose articles with the OEKO-TEX® label that are available in retail outlets and sample materials from the companies are tested. In addition, independent auditors also carry out random checks within the scope of unannounced company visits to companies with the OEKO-TEX® certificate.