We are in constant contact with textiles.

Humans absorb chemicals from textiles through breathing, skin contact and saliva. Children, the elderly, allergy sufferers and textile workers are especially sensitive.

Some chemicals used in textiles can harm the health of consumers and textile workers.

Their use is only partly regulated by laws that vary by region/country. Some are also the focus of NGOs and consumer protection groups.

Ensure consumer protection and legal compliance.

To help you comply with international standards, legal requirements and individual customer requirements (restricted substance lists), Hohenstein offers a broad spectrum of chemical tests for the qualitative and quantitative determination of harmful substances in textiles. 

The testing can be conducted on raw, intermediate and end products at all processing stages of the textile and leather production chains. The results include both the monitoring of legal compliance and the neutral assessment of product safety for product quality assurance and optimization.

Improve skin sensory comfort with scientific data

Independent certification for harmful substances.

Since 1992, STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® has meant chemical safety along the textile chain and effective consumer protection. This independent certification system is based on annually updated criteria, which includes over 350 parameters.


Preventing toxins from entering the supply chain.

ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® screens, tests and certifies chemicals, colorants and auxiliaries to ensure ~1500 harmful chemicals are kept out of workplaces, environments and products. It helps companies source better inputs from the start.


Transparent verification of responsible production.

STeP by OEKO-TEX® certifies that facilities are protecting workers and the planet. Manufacturers benchmark and improve their environmental and chemical measures and communicate to consumers with the MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® product label.


OEKO-TEX® + Active Chemical Products.

Biologically active and flame retardant substances must be approved on the "active chemical products" list prior to being used in products with any OEKO-TEX® certification.

Ben Mead
Managing Director
Hohenstein Institute America