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OEKO-TEX revamps environmental certificate Standard 100
2014/1/16 10:06:26 Source: footwearbiz Author: 点击率:

Testing firm the OEKO-TEX Association has updated the valid test criteria and limit values for product certification in accordance with OEKO-TEX Standard 100.

As of 1 April, the specifications for perfluorooctanic acid (PFOA), used to make footwear and textiles waterproof, will become much stricter.

Four longer-chained, perfluorinated compounds will also be included in the criteria catalogue with the same limit values as PFOA. The reason behind this is the inclusion of the chemicals in the ECHA Candidate List with substances of very high concern (SVHC) as part of the REACh legislation.

With these two measures, OEKO-TEX is supporting the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals initiative of international brands and retailers that have committed to excluding hazardous chemicals from the production process by 2020.

All the perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) regulated by OEKO-TEX will be listed in a separate substance category, and not, as previously, in the section ‘Other Chemical Residues’.

The company said in a statement: “By reducing the limit values, OEKO-TEX is contributing to the complete exclusion of NP and OP as well as APEOs from textile production, striven for by the industry and also one of the goals of the ZDHC initiative and other campaigns. As a result of the globally introduced company audits as an element of every OEKO-TEX certification, all the companies participating in the OEKO-TEX system have also been made aware of these environmentally harmful, problematic substances.”

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