Oeko-Tex Standard 100 is an independent testing and certification system for textile products from all stages of production along the textile value chain.
The label, 'Confidence in Textiles' of the product-related Oeko-Tex Standard 100 (textiles tested for harmful substances) is supplemented by the certification of environmentally friendly production facilities according to Oeko-Tex Standard 1000 and by the product label Oeko-Tex Standard 100plus for products tested for harmful substances from environmentally friendly production.
The aim was to make textile products from conventional production having undergone laboratory testing for harmful substances obvious to consumers by using a label ('Confidence in Textiles'). Textiles with this label are proven to remain below the set limit values for certain harmful substances.
At the same time the introduction of the standard established a globally standardised quality assurance system for manufacturers and retailers to take into account the decreasing vertical range of manufacturers in the individual facilities of the textile and clothing industry and to compensate for regionally different evaluation standards for the risk potential of harmful substances. Use of the Oeko-Tex certificate therefore documents compliance with human ecology quality towards subsequent production levels and end consumers.