Application Steps.

Certification Type (p. 2-3)

Choose appendix 4/5 or 6/7.

Then choose first certification, renewal or extension.

Company information (p. 4)

Products (p. 6)

  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

Product classes

Based on purpose and skin contact.

Manufacturing - skip if buying pre-made products (p. 7)

4.1.    For manufacturers of textiles only. 
4.2.    For manufacturers of leather only.

Production site (p. 8)

4.3.

  • 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?

Quality assurance (p. 8)

5.1

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

Source materials (p. 9)

6.1

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

You will need to include a list later in the application

Source chemicals (p. 9)

6.2

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

You will need to include a list later in the application

Description (p. 10)

7.2

Must include: 

  • All info from section 1
  • Detailed description of material composition
  • Process

Organic cotton claim (p. 10)

7.2.1

  • 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)

Garment sizes (p. 11)

7.3

Leave blank if unknown or N/A

Textile materials (p. 11-12)

7.4.1 – 7.4.7.

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

7.4.8.

Process changes - Renewal only

Leather or containing leather (p. 13-15)

7.5.1 – 7.9.

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

 

7.5.10.

Process changes - Renewal only

Special chemicals (p. 15-16)

7.6.

Biologically active substances
Yes (+ list) or no

7.7.

Flame retardant substances
Yes (+ list) or no

7.8.

Specific navy blue
Yes or no

Other materials and treatments (p. 16)

7.9.1.     

Describe processing for non-textile and non-leather materials

7.10.1.     

Describe any other treatments

Resellers (p. 16)

8.     

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

8.1.   

Number of suppliers

8.2.    

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

Commitment (p. 17-18)

  • Name/address
  • Copy/paste answer from section 1
  • Don’t forget to sign!

List: OEKO-TEX® pre-certified materials & chemicals (p.19)

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

List: materials & chemicals with no OEKO-TEX® certificate (p. 20)

Details: dyestuffs & colorants (p. 21)

Optional details: non-dyestuff chemicals & auxiliaries (p. 22)

More detail = lower testing cost

Large-scale products (p. 23)

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.

Sample instructions:

Samples must represent all the products to be included in the certification.

Dyed textile/plastic accessory/etc

  • Samples in RYGB plus BLACK and WHITE
  • Even distribution of dyes in each colored sample
  • High percentage, Saturated
  • Max 5-7 dyestuffs per sample

Screenprints

  • 12” x 12” full coverage drawdowns of RYGB+Blk+White

Heat transfer, sublimation, direct, etc

  • Submit a collection of printed samples that will cover RYGB+Black+White in pattern

Include:

 

  • Completed and signed application
  • Signed Declaration of Conformity
  • Supplier certificates
  • Samples
     

Packaging:

 

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
     

Decoration Materials:

 

  • Test samples should be airtight and individually packed in clear plastic bags (essential for emission testing)
  • Description of the test samples must be enclosed as per the annex to the application for certification
     

Ship to:


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

    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 audit of your facility to complete the certification process.
     

    When:

     

    • 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
    Contact
    Abby Mead
    OEKO-TEX® Certification Manager
    Hohenstein Institute America