On 2 January 2019, the OEKO-TEX® Association has, as usual, updated the applicable test criteria and limit values for product certification in accordance with the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®. The following new regulations will come into force on 01 April 2019 for all certifications, following a three-month transition period.
The main amendment is as follows:
1. In 2019, OEKO-TEX® already complies with the new "REACH Annex XVII CMR Legislation".
The substance benzene and four amine salts have been included in the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® and LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX® and limit values have been defined. The substance quinoline is also regulated with a limit value. In the course of "standardisation" of the limit value requirements, the requirement "<" now applies for almost all limit values.
2. Four new substances of very high concern added to the limit value catalogues
The limit value catalogues add four Substances of Very High Concern: the siloxanes D4, D5 and D6 as well as diazene-1, 2-dicarboxamide (ADCA). Furthermore, a requirement has now been made with regard to the extractable part of the metals barium and selenium. In Annex 6 of the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®, limit values have been made stricter for various parameters, which relates to the parameters for phthalates (softeners), alkylphenols and alkylphenol ethoxylates as well for per- and polyfluorinated compounds.
3. In 2019 two new product groups will be under observation: glyphosate and its salts as well as the carcinogenic N-nitrosamines and N-nitrosatable substances.
Through the above requirements, the OEKO-TEX intends to raise awareness of potentially harmful substances in textiles among enterprises. C&K Testing remind enterprises to pay attention to the amendment of harmful substances, and strengthen the cooperation with professional testing organizations to prevent subsequent risk efficiently.
Oeko-Tex® Standard (Version 2018) Updated – C&K Testing 5 January, 2018