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Oeko-Tex simplifies testing processes as part of annual update

Switzerland-based Oeko-Tex Association has updated its certifications to add extra chemical restrictions and made some quicker to achieve, with changes effective from April 1. 

The ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) initiative accepts the Eco-Passport as an indicator of conformity with its MRSL (harmful substance exclusion list for textile production), and this has been updated to include bisphenol A, alkylphenols and aniline. 

The scope of STeP assessments has been significantly reduced by condensing the questionnaire, and the process to acquire the Made in Green label has also been simplified.

Changes to Standard 100 include testing for genetically modified organisms for bio-cotton; the random testing of quinoline; and the limit for short-chain chlorinated paraffins has been lowered to 100 mg/kg.

From this year, chemical manufacturers are no longer obligated to disclose “secret formulas”, but in these cases, more extensive analytical testing is required to obtain an Eco Passport certificate.

The association will explain the new regulations during a webinar on 30 January at 12:00 noon (EST).

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