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Product certification according to OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 provides companies involved in the textile production with an ideal tool and clear benefit for their operational quality assurance. The OEKO-TEX® certificate issued by the commissioned institute or the relevant certification centre is valid for a duration of 12 months. It documents that the listed items have successfully been tested according to the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 and meet the requirements for a joint product class.

Product identification with the label "Confidence in Textiles" and the connected proven safety of textile products is an additional sales argument which according to surveys is more important to consumers than price, functionality or brand.

Widespread use and customer awareness of the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 contribute to the OEKO-TEX® label now having a status similar to that of a brand name and to its being actively requested by consumers.

With this background, marking products with the OEKO-TEX® label provides all textile and clothing manufacturers with valid certificates with an effective way of drawing more attention to their products. Without visible labels, consumers are not in a position to assess the human ecological quality of the textiles.

On the basis of the worldwide standardised application of the OEKO-TEX® test criteria the certification according to OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 provides textile and clothing companies with more transparent supplier relationships and facilitates the flow of information regarding potential problematic substances.

This contributes to higher production security while increasing the sales opportunities for a company's products as a large number of purchasers within the textile processing chain now require the OEKO-TEX® criteria as an integral part of their terms and conditions of delivery.

Another advantage of the OEKO-TEX® system is the even distribution of costs for certification between all companies involved throughout the textile processing chain.

The responsibility for the human ecological safety of the manufactured product lies with the party who is in a position to change the use of chemicals in additives and finishes used in production.

By usingpreviously certified source materials it is also possible to avoid the financial expense of duplicate tests. On principle, tests are only carried out on anything which has been added at each individual stage of production.