The OEKO-TEX® standards are regularly updated to stay ahead of global regulations, incorporate new scientific health data and the latest production methods. Every January, OEKO-TEX® publishes annual updates to the standards as well as the test criteria and limit values - in line with consistent consumer protection and sustainable textiles and leather.
Following a 3-month transition period, annual updates go into effect April 1.
- General ban on use of perfluorinated and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS/PFC) in textiles, leather and footwear for STANDARD 100, LEATHER STANDARD and ECO PASSPORT certifications
- ECO PASSPORT: Self Assessment is now mandatory for certification + changes to certification levels to align with ZDHC Conformance Guidance 3.1
- New certification: OEKO-TEX® ORGANIC COTTON - Like STANDARD 100 (harmful substances safety) with added traceability back to the ginning process
- Additional pesticides added to STANDARD 100, LEATHER STANDARD and ECO PASSPORT certifications, such as chlorothalonil
- Substances reclassified as Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC): Tris(2-methoxyethoxy)vinylsilane, 6,6'-di-tert-butyl-2,2'-methylenedi-p-cresol, N-(hydroxymethyl)acrylamide
- STeP: Access to BHive® app, which checks chemical inventory against sustainability requirements of different brands and retailers and aligns compliance with industry MRSLs (STeP, ZDHC, etc.)