Application Steps

STANDARD 100: Choose annex 4/5 or 6/7.

Then choose application type:

  • First certification
  • Renewal
  • Extension

LEATHER STANDARD: Choose application type

  • First certification
  • Renewal
  • Extension

Then choose annex for any non-leather components

You've got this.


  1. This description shows up on your certificate
  2. Choose only one product class. Chosen class covers all higher product classes and influences testing requirements
  3. Only for renewal or extension


Based on purpose and skin contact.


For manufacturers of textiles only. 


For manufacturers of leather only.


  • Producers: Is address on company info same as production site? 
    No - Add address here.
    Attach word doc with additional locations
  • Non-producers: If you skipped section 4.1, check this box 
  • Have you already started another application?


  • Person responsible for quality assurance


  • Attached copies of certificates
  • Attach flow chart of quality assurance process


  • Check if SOME are pre-certified
  • Check if ALL pre-certified

You will need to include a list later in the application


  • Check if SOME are ECO PASSPORT certified
  • Check if ALL are ECO PASSPORT pre-certified

You will need to include a list later in the application.


"Applicant" applies to most.


Must include: 

  • All info copied from section 1 (sorry)
  • Detailed description of material composition
  • Process


  • No organic claim
  • All cotton is claimed as NON-GMO*
  • Part of the cotton is NON-GMO, but organic is not declared*
  • All materials are organic cotton*

*Attach basis certificate (GOTS or other traceability certificate)


  • Chrome-free
  • Metal-free
  • N/A


  • Check if you produced the recycled material - specify chemical or mechanical recycling process
  • Check if you purchased the recycled material
  • Post- vs pre-consumer recycled 
  • % recycled material in product

*Attach certificate of origin or validation of any recycled material claim


Leave blank if unknown or N/A

7.5.1 – 7.5.7

  • Do not leave blank
  • If unknown, choose “not known”



Process changes - Renewal only

7.6.1 – 7.6.10

  • Complete if product is made of leather or contains leather components
  • Skip if no leather 
  • Choose “not known” if unknown



Process changes - Renewal only


Biologically active substances
Yes (+ list) or no


Flame retardant substances
Yes (+ list) or no


Specific navy blue
Yes or no


Describe processing for non-textile and non-leather materials


Describe any other treatments


Skip section if manufacturer - only complete if buying product to resell without further processing


Number of suppliers


Suppliers will be listed in tables at the end of the application

  • COMPANY Name + Address
  • Copy/paste answer from section 1
  • Agree to Terms of Use
  • Don’t forget to sign!

Enclose a copy of each OEKO-TEX® certificate with your application.

This spreadsheet is the 3rd tab in our supporting documents template.

This spreadsheet is the 4th tab in our supporting documents template.

This spreadsheet is the 5th tab in our supporting documents template.

More detail = lower testing cost

This spreadsheet is the 6th tab in our supporting documents template.

This spreadsheet is the 7th tab in our supporting documents template.

Only for mattress, carpet, foam furniture, leather

Using pre-certified materials decreases your certificate cost.

Be sure to request current certificates from all suppliers and check the scope.

Submit material samples including:

  • All types of pre-treatment, finishing and coloration processes
  • All dye classes and dyestuffs evenly distributed in maximum concentration
  • Samples in red, yellow, green, blue, black, white, orange and purple
  • Max 5 dyestuffs per sample
  • Samples in each fluorescent color to be tested separately
  • All printing dyestuffs in maximum concentration:
    • Solid printed color swatch: 12” x 12” (30 x 30 cm)
    • One block print per dyestuff, five samples from current production for each printing process
  • Screenprints, heat transfer, sublimation, direct, etc.
    • 12” x 12” full coverage drawdowns of red, yellow, green, blue, black, white, orange and purple
    • Submit a collection of printed samples that will cover red, yellow, green, blue, black, white, orange and purple in pattern


  • Completed and signed application
  • Signed Declaration of Conformity
  • Supplier certificates and supporting documents
  • Samples 
    -Processing can NOT begin until all samples are received
    -Shipping all samples together speeds the process


Test sample packaging must satisfy specific quality requirements in order to protect the samples and guarantee accurate, reproducible and meaningful test results.

  • Test samples must be packed individually in tear resistant polyethylene film or polyethylene bags, to avoid contamination during transport
  • The samples should be wrapped twice and sealed with adhesive tape
  • The packed bags must be properly labeled for identification with sample numbers, material, supplier, receipts, etc.
  • Packing test samples solely in cardboard boxes and/or paper is strictly prohibited
  • Whether shipping from separate locations, direct from suppliers or in one box, please ensure all samples are clearly and correctly labeled so that they can be matched with your application


     Hohenstein Institute America
     401 S. Cavin Street
     Ligonier, IN 46767


  • In addition to including them with the shipment, please email the documents to your main Hohenstein America contact
  • Your company W9 form
  • Any vendor forms required for your company to process payments

Avoid Delays:

  • Provide clear, detailed information in the application & supporting documents – what are you making, how are you making it, and what is it made of?
  • Respond to inquiries in a timely manner – if there are questions or things that need clarification during the review process, respond as soon as you’re able
  • Be prepared to pay once the invoice is issued – payment in advance of testing is required for the first certification
  • Clearly label samples and consolidate shipments if possible

Evaluation Steps

Hohenstein America team: 

  • Reviews the information and follows up with questions on any open items
  • Creates a testing plan
  • Provides the price for the certification
  • Ships the samples to our lab in Germany

If all testing is passed, you will receive:

  • Test report
  • Certificate valid for 1 year
  • Product label valid for 1 year



After the certificate is issued, we will schedule an on-site visit of your facility to complete the certification process.


  • Within 1 year of certificate 
  • Every 3rd year thereafter

To ensure:

  • Application matches reality
  • Quality assurance system is in place
  • Knowledge of certificate benefits & cost reduction opportunities

Next: Use your label.

1. Promote your certification & comply with copyright

Jeans with STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certification label
Abby Mead
OEKO-TEX® Certification Manager
Hohenstein Institute America