03. April 2019 | Raw & Auxiliary Materials

New regulations of Oeko-Tex criteria 2019

Eco Passport by Oeko-Tex Standard
Eco Passport by Oeko-Tex Standard
Source: OEKO-TEX
After the transitional period, the new Oeko-Tex regulations for all certification systems and services finally entered into force on April 1, 2019. An overview of the new regulations can be found here. The latest changes relate to the Eco Passport by Oeko-Tex standard.

An overview of the changes:
Inclusion of leather chemicals
Following the introduction of the Leather Standard by Oeko-Tex for leather products that have been tested for harmful substances, as well as the Sustainable Textile & Leather Production certification (STeP) for environmentally friendly and sustainable leather products, in addition to textile chemicals, leather chemicals will shortly also be able to be tested and certified according to the Eco Passport by Oeko-Tex standard.

New substances in the limit value catalogues
Various substances have been newly added to the limit value catalogues. In addition to quinoline, which was already subject to monitoring by OEKO-TEX®, these include the softener and viscosity regulator TCEP (Tris(2-chlorethyl) phosphate), the propellant ADCA (diazene-1,2-dicarboxamide) and the siloxanes D4, D5 and D6. Newly included in Annex 6, are the arylamines 4-chloro-o-toluidinium chloride, CAS No. 3165-93-3, 2-naphthylammoniumacetate, CAS No. 553-00-4, 2,4-diaminoanisole sulphate, CAS No. 39156-41-7, 2,4,5-trimethylaniline hydrochloride, CAS No. 21436-97-5 and the flame retardant, disodium octaborate, CAS No. 12008-41-2.

New additions to the limit value catalogues
In Annex 4 of the Eco Passport by Oeko-Tex limit values were also tightened up for various parameters. This particularly relates to the starting point for the production of dyes, aniline, the solvent, N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP), N,N-dimethylacetamide (DMAC), N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF), the flame retardants, penta-, hexa- and heptabromodiphenyl ether, various fire retardants and per- and polyfluorinated compounds (PFCs). There were also changes in the limit value catalogue for the substances, OPP, CMK, TCMTB, for leather chemicals.

Additional important changes in the Oeko-Tex product portfolio
Through the limit value requirements of benzene, amine salts, as well as quinoline in Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex and Leather Standard by Oeko-Tex, these now already cover the requirements of the new “REACH Annex XVII CMR Legislation” (Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/1513).

Glyphosate under observation
From 2019, two new product groups will be monitored in Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex and Leather Standard by Oeko-Tex: glyphosate and its salts, as well as the carcinogenic N-nitrosamines and N-nitrosatable substances.

edited by Petra Gottwald

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