On January 2, 2019, the OEKO-TEX® Association 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 April 1, 2019 for all certifications, following a three-month transition period.
The main amendment is as follows:
- 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 “standardization” of the limit value requirements, the requirement “<” now applies for almost all limit values.
- 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.
- 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.