OEKO-TEX® Standard 100

The OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 is an independent test and certification system for textile raw, intermediate and end products at all stages of processing. Examples of articles that can be certified: yarns, fabrics, treated fabrics, manufactured articles (clothing of all kinds, domestic and household textiles, bedding, towels, soft toys and many more)

The tests for harmful substances cover
  • legally banned and controlled substances
  • chemicals known to be harmful to the health (but not yet legally controlled)
  • parameters for health protection

Taken in their entirety, the requirements go far beyond existing national legislation.

Laboratory tests and product classes

The OEKO-TEX® testing for harmful substances is always geared towards how the textile will actually be used. The more closely the product is in contact with the skin, the stricter the human ecology requirements that it must meet. A distinction is made between four product classes:

Product class I:
textile articles for babies and toddlers up to 3 years old (clothing, toys, bedding, towels etc.) Product class II:
textiles used close to the skin (underwear, bedding, T-shirts etc.)
Product class III:
textiles used away from the skin (jackets, coats etc.)
Product class IV:
furnishing materials (curtains, tablecloths, upholstery etc.)


The prerequisite for textile products to be certified under the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 is that all components of an article, without exception, comply with the required criteria - so not only the outer material, but also the sewing threads, linings, prints etc and any non-textile accessories such as buttons, zips, rivets etc.

Further information under: www.oeko-tex.com

GOTS Standard

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is recognized as the world's leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibers. It defines high-level environmental criteria along the entire organic textiles supply chain and requires compliance with social criteria as well.

Further information under: www.global-standard.org

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