Responsive and responsible chemical management.

Regulations and initiatives change as rapidly as trends in this industry, especially with regard to substances that harm humans or the environment. Companies are required to constantly monitor and implement these changes in complicated chemical management systems. Brands and retailers often enforce their own restricted substance lists.

ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® is an independent and standardized testing and certification system for chemicals, colorants and auxiliaries used to manufacture textiles and leather. The process verifies that chemical products and their ingredients meet specific requirements for safety, sustainability and regulatory compliance.

The ECO PASSPORT Restricted Substance List (RSL) combines substances restricted through ECO PASSPORT, STANDARD 100, LEATHER STANDARD and STeP, integrating seamlessly with downstream OEKO-TEX® certifications.

ECO PASSPORT Certification Benefits:

  • Gives textile and leather manufacturers a trustworthy solution for responsibly sourcing independently verified chemicals that are safer for human ecology and the environment
  • Promotes certified chemicals via the OEKO-TEX® Buying Guide - a free, online sourcing tool accessed >250,000 times/year
  • Provides chemical managers reliable control over substances before entering production
  • 3rd party certification protects confidential product data while providing transparency that market demands.


  • Any chemicals, colorants, auxiliaries and formulations used for the production of textiles and leather can be certified with ECO PASSPORT
  • ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® certificates are valid for 1 year
  • Annual renewal and testing is required

ECO PASSPORT Application Process

Step-by-step Application Guide


Technical Guides

Ben Mead
Managing Director
Hohenstein Institute America