Modifications to Oeko-Tex's existing guidelines have now come into effect following a three-month transition period and are now valid for all certification systems.

The Association outlined a number of modifications at the beginning of the year that would come into effect from 1 April to provide support in the areas of consumer protection and sustainability along the textile value creation chain in 2018.

Oeko-Tex outlines new regulations for 2018

The updating of the Oeko-Tex standards and guidelines is based on a continual exchange of experiences with stakeholders from the industry, cooperation with initiatives and the monitoring of statutory regulations. The work by the Oeko-Tex groups takes into account on-going scientific innovations and findings as well as current market developments.

The most important, the organisation says, are:

Detox To Zero by Oeko-Tex
Thanks to the comparability of the Detox To Zero MRSL with the valid MRSL for the STeP by Oeko Tex certification, Detox To Zero can be fully integrated into STeP. Detox To Zero customers can convert to STeP at any time. The restructuring of the Detox To Zero assessment tool and status report improves usability and clarity.

Eco Passport by Oeko-Tex 
The ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) initiative accepts the Eco Passport by Oeko-Tex as an indicator of conformity with their MRSL (harmful substance exclusion list for textile production). Upon approval, companies can have their products certified by Eco Passport listed in the Oeko-Tex Buying Guide – and if they wish from now on also in the ZDHC Chemical Gateway.

Leather Standard by Oeko-Tex 
Bisphenol A, the aromatic amine aniline and other alkylphenols (pentyl- and heptylphenol) are now recorded as part of the Leather Standard.

Made in Green by Oeko-Tex
The minimum requirements and criteria for awarding the Made in Green by Oeko-Tex product label have been updated. Advantages of the new definition are: improved comprehensibility and less time for label attainment.

Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex
The newly recorded harmful substances in the Standard 100 criteria catalogue are phenol, bisphenol A, the aromatic amine aniline as well as the additional alkylphenols, pentyl- and heptylphenol. The Oeko-Tex Association henceforth places the substance quinoline under observation. Amended limit values also apply for short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCP) and ortho-phenylphenol (OPP). As of 1 April 2018, Oeko-Tex plans to integrate the testing of organic cotton products for genetically modified organisms (GMO) into Standard 100.

STeP by Oeko-Tex
The scope of STeP assessments for the survey of required company data is significantly reduced by condensing the questionnaire. The integration of Detox To Zero allows now to issue the STeP certificate and the status report additional with information on Detox To Zero.