The existing guidelines for the OEKO-TEX product portfolio have been amended and the new regulations are to come into effect after a three-month transition period on April 1, 2019. The assessment for sustainable production conditions, ‘STeP’, is also be to extended to leather.

Noting that OEKO-TEX already complies with the new ‘REACH Annex XVII CMR Legislation’, the independent testing and certification system for leather and textiles has announced that the substance benzene and four amine salts have been included in the Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX and Leather Standard by OEKO-TEX, with limit values having been defined. The substance quinoline, which has been under observation by the organisation since 2018, is now also regulated with a limit value.

“In the course of “standardisation” of the limit value requirements, the requirement “<” now applies for almost all limit values”, said OEKO-TEX. “The Standard 100 and Leather Standard already comply with the requirements of the new “REACH Annex XVII CMR Legislation” (Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/1513). In contrast, this legislation addressing 33 CMR substances will only be applied for products from November 1, 2020. Thus, OEKO-TEX is way ahead and also covers many other parameters related to consumer protection”, said a statement. In addition, 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.

It has also announced an expanded product portfolio for sustainable production conditions. The ‘STeP’ assessment will be extended to leather production facilities in 2019, and the name will also be changed in the course of this integration; “Sustainable Textile Production” is to become “Sustainable Textile and Leather Production” – the product name STeP remains the same.

From ILM