Standard 100 Certification
Our company has received the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certificate, which recognizes compliance with the most stringent standards of control of harmful substances in textile products.
AyB Hislabor is authorized for the Oeko-Tex label “Trusted Textiles” in the following products:
• Trimmings, ribbons, laces, and cotton fringes, acetate, acrylic, polyamide, polyester and viscose, raw and tinted.
• Polyester, polyamide and copper-tinted zippers.
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The STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is a worldwide consistent, independent testing and certification system for raw, semi-finished, and finished textile products at all processing levels, as well as accessory materials used. Examples of articles that can be certified: raw and dyed/finished yarns, woven and knitted fabrics, accessories, such as buttons, zip fasteners, sewing threads or labels, ready-made articles of various types (garments of all types, domestic and household textiles, bed linen, terry products and much more).
Since its introduction in 1992, the central focus of the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® has been the development of test criteria, limit values and test methods on a scientific basis. On the basis of its comprehensive and strict catalogue of measures, with several hundred regulated individual substances, the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® takes account of:
- Important legal regulations, such as banned Azo colourants, formaldehyde, pentachlorophenol, cadmium, nickel, etc.
- Numerous harmful chemicals, even if they are not yet legally regulated.
- Requirements of Annexes XVII and XIV of the European Chemicals Regulation REACh as well as of the ECHA SVHC Candidate List insofar as they are assessed by expert groups of the OEKO-TEX® Association to be relevant for fabrics, textiles, garments or accessories. Discussions and developments that are considered to be relevant are taken into account as quickly and effectively as possible through updates to the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® requirements.
- Requirements from the US Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) regarding lead.
- Numerous also environmentally relevant substance classes
With its decades of experience, the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® therefore contributes to high and effective product safety from a consumer’s point of view. Test criteria and limit values in many cases go far beyond applicable national and international standards. Extensive product checks and regular company on-site visits also ensure that the industry has a globally sustainable awareness of the responsible use of chemicals. With this concept, the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® has taken on a pioneering role for many years.
Laboratory tests and product classes
The OEKO-TEX® tests for harmful substances are fundamentally based on the respective purpose of the textiles and materials. The more intensive the skin contact of a product and the more sensitive the skin, the stricter the human-ecological requirements that need to be complied with.
Accordingly, a distinction is made between four product classes:
- Product class I:
Articles for babies and toddlers up to 3 years of age (underwear, rompers, clothing, bed linen, terry products etc.)
- Product class II:
Articles that are worn close to the skin (underwear, bed linen, t-shirts, socks etc.)
- Product class III:
Articles used away from the skin (jackets, coats etc.)
- Product class IV:
Decoration/Furnishing materials (curtains, tablecloths, upholstery covers etc.)
The precondition for the certification of products in accordance with STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is that all parts of an article meet the required criteria – in addition to the outer fabric, for example, also the sewing threads, inserts, prints etc., as well as non-textile accessories, such as buttons, zip fasteners, rivets etc.
Additional preconditions are the existence and application of operational quality assurance measures, as well as the legally binding signing of undertakings and conformity declarations by the applicant.
Textile products may be certified according to STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® only if all components meet the required criteria without exception. The certification is carried out following a written application of the manufacturer to one of the authorised test institutes or official representative offices around the world. The submitted sample materials are tested exclusively at the member institutes in Europe and Japan to ensure a consistently high testing level.
One prerequisite for the award of certification by the commissioned test institute or the relevant certification centre is a declaration of conformity by the manufacturer stating that the successfully tested textile samples shall correspond at all times with the quality of the products manufactured or sold throughout the twelve month licence period.
Another prerequisite of OEKO-TEX® product certification are company visits where quality assurance officers from the OEKO-TEX® test institutes together with the applying company examine the company quality assurance and production processes to create best possible certification conditions and to ensure steady human ecology product quality for the duration of the certification.
The OEKO-TEX® certification furthermore includes regular product controls as a fixed part of the system. These are carried out on the market by the OEKO-TEX® institutes to ensure compliance with the required criteria on a regular basis.
On the basis of the worldwide standardised application of the OEKO-TEX® test criteria the certification according to STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® provides textile and clothing companies with more transparent supplier relationships and facilitates the flow of information regarding potential problematic substances.
This contributes to higher production security while increasing the sales opportunities for a company’s products as a large number of purchasers within the textile processing chain now require the OEKO-TEX® criteria as an integral part of their terms and conditions of delivery.
Another advantage of the OEKO-TEX® system is the even distribution of costs for certification between all companies involved throughout the textile processing chain.
The responsibility for the human ecological safety of the manufactured product lies with the party who is in a position to change the use of chemicals in additives and finishes used in production.
By using already certified source materials it is also possible to avoid the financial expense for duplicate tests. On principle, tests are only carried out on anything which has been added at each individual stage of production.
Operational quality assurance
The voluntary testing and certification system of the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is based on the individual responsibility of the manufacturers throughout the textile processing chain. With their declaration of conformity the companies make a legally binding undertaking that the representative samples tested by the relevant institute will correspond to the articles from current production in terms of quality for the duration of the OEKO-TEX® certificate.
A prerequisite for awarding of the certificate is successful evidence of a quality assurance system which guarantees the processing techniques, dyestuffs and auxiliaries, recipes and material compositions stipulated in the application for certification on an ongoing basis.
If the licence holder works with other companies or importers, he may delegate parts of the quality assurance to these parties. However, these must also prove that they have taken the necessary measures to ensure the human ecological quality of product in their company.
If a qualitative change is made to a certified product by altering the processing techniques, using new recipes or different dyestuffs and auxiliaries, the textile must be retested by the appropriate test institute and its properties documented in an extended certificate.