ZURICH, Switzerland — May 31, 2016 — From product certification in accordance with the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100, which was first introduced in 1992, the International OEKO-TEX Association has now, through the continuous further development and expansion of their portfolio, established itself as a full-service provider for independent certifications and services for greater sustainability along the textile value-creation chain. OEKO-TEX is now also taking account of this strategic change from niche provider for human-ecological product safety to a global system solution for brands, retailers and manufacturers with a new brand architecture. The focus is on the OEKO-TEX logo and the claim “Confidence in Textiles”, which over the past almost 25 years has become known across the industry — an international synonym for effective consumer protection, responsible handling of chemicals and the use of environmentally friendly production technologies and compliance with fair working conditions.
“The theme of sustainability has represented increasing challenges for our customers from industry and trade for years and they are looking for suitable solutions”, explains OEKO-TEX General Secretary Georg Dieners. “With our product portfolio we are able to provide wide-ranging assistance for this. We offer practical tools that they can use to successfully overcome the varied requirements at all operational levels. For our customers, however, it does not matter what the individual solutions are called. The important thing for them is that OEKO-TEX is a reliable and competent partner. Therefore,” summarises Dieners, “in our future communication, the umbrella brand “OEKO-TEX” and our slogan “Confidence in Textiles” will be in the foreground. Our individual product modules, or rather the sufficiently known brands within the OEKO-TEX system, are arranged under the umbrella brand to strengthen this and meet the needs of our customers.”
OEKO-TEX has already presented the new brand design during the market launch of the MySTeP database, the MADE IN GREEN product label and the ECO PASSPORT certification for textile chemicals. Beginning in autumn 2016, the modernised appearance will also be used with the most well-known OEKO-TEX brand, the STANDARD 100, and the STeP certification. At that point, the new STANDARD 100 product label and the refreshed STeP logo for B2B communication will also be available to more than 10,000 partner companies around the world.
Also as part of these changes, the OEKO-TEX certification centre in Frankfurt (Main) will cease operations on June 30th. “Germany is the only country within the OEKO-TEX Association in which the laboratory tests and the issue of the certificates in accordance with the OEKO-TEX Standard 100 have previously been carried out by two separate institutions”, states Dieners to explain the closure of the certification centre. “However, globally standardised processes and structures relating to the certification process as per the STANDARD 100 do not just simplify the work for us,” says Dieners, “they also simplify the work for our customers. They will have a central contact person in the future with whom they can discuss all issues relating to the certification.” As an official OEKO-TEX member institute in Germany, the Hohenstein Textile Testing
Institute GmbH & Co. KG will take on the laboratory tests as well as the issue of STANDARD 100 certificates.
Posted May 31, 2016