At the start of the year, OEKO-TEX updated their existing guidelines as well as the valid test criteria and limit values for their certifications and services–in line with consistent consumer protection and the sustainability of textiles and leather products.
Following a transition period, all new regulations will come into effect on 01 April 2020. An overview of the most important changes is given below.
1、MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX now includes leather products
MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX标签现在同样适用于皮革产品
After the introduction of the MADE IN GREEN label for textiles in 2015, beginning January 2020 it will also be possible to award the sustainability label to leather products. In 2019, STeP certification was expanded to include leather production facilities.
自2015年把MADE IN GREEN标签引入纺织品后，从2020年1月开始，这个可持续性标签也将同样可以适用于皮革产品。2019年，我们将STeP认证对象扩展到了皮革产品的生产上。
OEKO-TEX now goes one step further with the integration of leather products with the MADE IN GREEN label. Leather articles labelled with MADE IN GREEN have been tested for harmful substances in accordance with the LEATHER STANDARD and have been produced in environmentally friendly facilities in socially acceptable workplaces in accordance with STeP.
在将皮革产品与MADE IN GREEN标签整合在一起的道路上，OEKO-TEX又向前迈进了一步。贴有MADE IN GREEN标签的皮革制品都已根据LEATHER STANDARD标准进行了有害物质检测，并且是在按照STeP标准认证过的对环境友好的工艺且具有社会责任的工厂中生产。
This ensures that consumers can also track leather goods such as clothing, shoes or furniture using a unique product ID or the specific QR code on the label to learn which countries and production facilities the article was produced in.
To monitor compliance of the required criteria on site in the production facilities, OEKO-TEX also conducts checks of production facilities with trained auditors. MADE IN GREEN has already been classified by Greenpeace as one of the most stringent labels on the market.
OEKO-TEX还通过训练有素的审核员对生产工艺进行审核，以便检查生产工艺是否符合所要求的标准。MADE IN GREEN已被绿色和平组织列为市场上最严格的标签之一。
2、New additions to the limit value catalogues限量值目录的新增内容
After one year of observation, the carcinogenic N-nitrosamines and N-nitrosables substances have been included in the STANDARD 100 and the LEATHER STANDARD.
通过一年的监测，致癌性亚硝胺和亚硝基物质已经被正式加入STANDARD 100和LEATHER STANDARD限量值清单。
Following one year of observation, the herbicide glyphosate and its salts have also been included in the limit value catalogue for the STANDARD 100.
Specific limit values for the total content of the toxic heavy metals arsenic and mercury have also been defined in the STANDARD 100 and LEATHER STANDARD.
新版的STANDARD 100和LEATHER STANDARD还对有毒重金属砷和汞的特定限量值做了具体的限定。
The stringent requirements for residues in textile materials will lead to an overall lower impact on the environment, workers and consumers.
3、New substances under observation新的受监测物质
In 2020, OEKO-TEX will observe various new substances based on the latest scientific findings and conformity with precise specifications.
This primarily concerns some substances newly classified as SVHC, which, according to the REACH regulation for the protection of human health and the environment, have been identified as having particularly hazardous characteristics, as well as substances from the group of arylamines.
However, various dyes, pesticides and perfluorinated compounds will also be examined carefully in the future.
4、Integration of DETOX TO ZERO in STeP by OEKO-TEX
将DETOX TO ZERO整合到STeP by OEKO-TEX中
Safe handling of chemicals and wastewater testing in production facilities have long been important parts of STeP certification.
To manage the increasingly complex demands in textile and leather production, beginning 01 April 2020, DETOX TO ZERO will be an obligatory element for STeP-certified facilities using large quantities of water and chemicals (wet plants).
A positive aspect of the new regulation is the future conformity of STeP with the Manufacturing Restricted Substance List (MRSL), the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) (Initiative and the criteria for the Greenpeace Detox campaign).
A free webinar with detailed information on the new regulations for 2020 for all OEKO-TEX products is available on the website end of January 2020.The new regulations are available in detail from the Downloads menu item on the OEKO-TEX website.