What is OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100 and what does it mean?
OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 is an independent global testing and certification system for textile raw materials, semi-finished and finished products at all stages of production. The certification means that the textiles in the finished product are free from harmful chemicals. The certification system was introduced in 1992 with the primary purpose of developing science-based test criteria, limit values and test methods.
Examples of products that can be certified are raw and dyed/finished yarns, woven and knitted fabrics, and accessories including elastic bands, buttons, zips, sewing thread or labels. Finished textile products of different types such as household textiles, bedding and terry products - to name a few - can also be certified.
Product certification is an ideal tool for companies in the textile sector to ensure the quality of their textile products and to demonstrate that the textiles do not contain substances that are hazardous to skin and health. ImseVimse currently certifies its products as much as possible according to OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 Class I for babies 0-3 years (Class I is the product class with the most rigorous criteria). Our certified products are identified by the Oeko-Tex label on the packaging and the ImseVimse certification number: SE12-208.
What criteria are taken into account?
Important statutory regulations such as the banning of azo dyes, formaldehyde, pentachlorophenol, cadmium, and nickel. Chemicals that are harmful to health, although they are not yet subject to legal regulations. Requirements of Appendices XVII and XIV of the European Union Chemicals Regulation REACH (REACH deals with registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemical substances), ECHA (European Chemicals Agency), SVHC candidate list (Substances of Very High Concern Identification) considered relevant by OEKO-TEX® Community Expert Groups for fabrics, textiles, clothing or accessories. Discussions and developments considered relevant are taken into account as promptly and as effectively as possible in updates to the Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX® criteria.
US CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act) lead requirements.
Many other environmentally significant substance classifications. OEKO-TEX® conducts lab tests that include banned substances and has product classifications that check for harmful substances based on the intended use for the textiles and materials. Requirements for human ecology are also increasingly stringent depending on the extent of skin contact with a product and the sensitivity of the skin.
As previously mentioned, Imse and Vimse meet the most stringent product classification (OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 Class I). We certify our products to the strictest classification because our products are close to the skin of babies and young children up to 3 years of age. OEKO-TEX has four product classifications:
Product class I: Items for babies and young children up to 3 years of age (e.g. underwear, rompers, clothing, bedding, terry towelling)
Product class II: Items close to the skin (e.g. underwear, bedding, T-shirts, socks). Product class III: Items that are further away from the skin (e.g. jackets, overcoats)
Product class III: Decorative materials (e.g. curtains, tablecloths, upholstered furniture covers). The certification is valid for one year (12 months) with a stipulated date. Before any renewal of the certification, Imse and Vimse report all raw materials with their associated certificates and suppliers. Spot checks and new inspections of the materials are undertaken as Oeko-Tex update new threshold values annually.
Source reference: OEKO-TEX® Confidence in Textiles
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