Textile testing and certification body the Hohenstein Institute has extended its presence to the CAFTA region with the opening of a new office in the Dominican Republic.

The company says the move is part of its commitment to ensuring brands and retailers “have access to our testing and certification services in all regions that are important to their textile and apparel businesses.”

“Today’s textile supply chain is global and complex,” explains Prof Dr Stefan Mecheels, director of the Hohenstein Institute.

“Validating textile performance and ensuring compliance with regulations are both critical actions for brands and retailers to successfully leverage the worldwide market.”

The new Santa Domingo office means the organisation now has a presence in 20 countries, offering Oeko-Tex certification as well as testing for UV protection, antimicrobial action, odour control, and hypoallergenic efficiency.