Oeko-Tex has added to its certification stable with the launch of a leather standard allowing producers and suppliers to have their leather products certified following testing for harmful substances.

The certification body will launch the new standard in 2017, the basis of which is the new Leather Standard by Oeko-Tex unveiled during the company's annual meeting in Belgium last month. The launch is in response to the latest developments in the textile, leather goods, and footwear market, the company says.

Additional partners for leather goods testing are the Research Institute of Leather and Plastic Sheeting in Germany, and the Test and Research Institute Pirmasens. Together with six other Oeko-Tex institutes, they will carry out testing and certification according to the Leather Standard.

"Ultimately, our greatest concern is ensuring consumer protection and environmentally friendly production throughout every area of textile and leather processing," says Georg Dieners, general secretary and CEO at Oeko-Tex. 

In October, Oeko-Tex rolled out a new branding strategy and expanded its portfolio of products, bringing all its independent certifications and services under one banner.

The brand refresh followed a review during the summer, while the new products will come into force in January in response to what it says are growing textile industry needs. 

Oeko-Tex rolling out brand refresh and expansion