The Oeko-Tex Association is adapting its processes for renewing certificates in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, in a move aimed at easing the burden on production facilities.
Renewals of certificates and new applications should continue to be carried out as far as possible, Oeko-Tex says, adding the production processes of retailers and companies should not be interrupted.
Renewal of the Eco Passport, STeP, Leather Standard, and Standard 100 certificates are possible for existing and known certificate owners and is currently handled by the relevant institutes without any submission of samples. These have to be submitted by the certificate owner within the next three months and will be checked by the institutes. If no samples are submitted within this period, the certificate is cancelled and becomes invalid. This service can only be offered to existing production facilities.
The certificates’ validity date is set to the date of the original expiry including three additional months.
“In the interest of the Oeko-Tex Association retailers are not affected in their manufacturing processes,” it said in a statement. “The labels are not identified as invalid during the controls. Regions that are vastly affected by the virus will suspend all tests until further notice. Their work may resume when the extraordinary situation has calmed down.
“New certifications and applications are still possible if a sample is presented and has been checked by the institute according to the usual criteria. “