Clothing and shades don't wash off.

And with the right design, they can provide much better protection than even the strongest sun cream.

You can count on it.

UV protection cannot be determined by visual examination or feeling the material. Nor can UV protection effect be reliably calculated without considering use conditions.

UV STANDARD 801 is an independent label that shows reliable proof of protection against UV radiation and the tested sun protection factor (UPF = Ultraviolet Protection Factor).

In addition the product in new condition, UV STANDARD 801 considers real-life use situations. Use factors that affect the UPF include how the textile stretches when worn, changes when wet and ages due to wear, weather and washing.

UV STANDARD 801 calculates UPF based on the worst-case scenario for the solar radiation and human skin type. The UV STANDARD 801 label indicates that textiles have been measured to the strictest specifications.

Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF)

UPF is a multiplier for natural protection time based on skin type. It indicates how long the textile lets you stay in the sun while effectively protecting your skin from damage.

Young, elderly and fair-skinned people need a higher UPF to stay protected for as long as healthy adults with darker skin.

Other risk factors include altitute, exposure repetition and length, UV index (UVI), and immune deficiencies.

Tough criteria - reliable protection.

UV STANDARD 801 can test any shade or clothing materials that protect skin from any form of UV radiation.

To determine a reliable Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF), every factor in the use of textiles must be considered.

UV STANDARD 801 uses the most stringent criteria based on simulation of realistic conditions:

  • Maximum UV ray intensity based on the Australian/New Zealand solar spectrum (Solar radiation on January 1 in Melbourne, at the peak of the Australian summer)
  • Assumption of most sensitive human skin type
  • Testing of product in new condition
  • Testing after product use with validated measurement procedures for simulating typical usage conditions
    • Clothing: stretching, wetting, abrading, cleaning, washing
    • Shading: stretching, wetting, arteficial aging/weathering

UV protection clothing such as sportswear, outerwear, beach wear, swimsuits, hats/headgear, workwear and PPE

Textiles specifically designed for UV protection can be especially effective. However, clothes are subject to stretching, sweat and use that can reduce the protective effect. UV STANDARD 801 tests for the highest level of consumer protection with the worst-case scenerio.

  1. In the new state: Material's UV transmittance measured at several points over 1 m² area
  2. In both the stretched and wetted states: UV protection factor determined on random samples of the material
  3. Abraded and washed samples: Remaining samples are abraded and cleaned (using the manufacturer's specifications) then measured
  4. UPF rating for consumer protection: The lowest determined value in the worst-case scenario
  5. Certification is granted lowest UPF ≥ 10

Testing Scope

  • New material
  • Stretched
  • Wetted
  • After abrasion
  • After washing

All UV protective clothing = PPE

EU Regulation 2016/425 on Personal Protective Equipment

When sold in the EU, any UV protective clothing is considered PPE, which must also carry a CE Mark. UV STANDARD 801 is recognized as a technical specification and necessary proof for UV protective properties.

Hohenstein is also a notified body for compliance with the PPE Directive and CE Marking, which is a separate process from UV STANDARD 801 certfication.

Shading products such as awnings, umbrellas, tents, window films, parasols and beach shelters

The initial UV protection factor can range from 5 to 80 depending on the material and color. Shading materials are also subject to prolonged use and weather conditions that can reduce the UPF. UV STANDARD 801 provides a UPF for both new and aged states.

  1. In the new state: Material's UV transmittance measured at several points over 1 m² area
  2. In both the stretched and wetted states: UV protection factor determined on random samples of the material
  3. Weathered state: Remaining samples are weathered then measured
  4. UPF rating for consumer protection: The lowest determined value in the worst-case scenario
  5. Certification is granted lowest UPF ≥ 10

Testing Scope

  • New material
  • Stretched
  • Wetted
  • After weathering

Comparison of UV Protection Standards

1. Application for Certification

Complete and sign:

Sumbit forms:

2. Testing

Submit samples for testing:

  • At least 1 m² of each material and color, taken across the entire (or at least half of) the product width
  • For clothing, one sketch of each finished product
  • Included printed copy of Application + Declaration of Conformity with shipment

Shipping address:

  • Hohenstein Laboratories GmbH & Co. KG
    (ATTN: Silke Heidt)
    Schlosssteige 1
    74357 Bönnigheim
    GERMANY
    Phone: +49 7143 271-898

Testing:

  • The samples are tested according to the programs for clothing or shading textiles
  • Test report - including the UV protection factors for all test steps

Note - tested material in finished products:

  • Claims can only be made if the material use meets the UV protection objective for locations normally exposed to direct sunlight
  • This is a customer obligation and does not form part of the material testing

3. Certification

Certificate is granted if:

  • Application, declaration of conformity and testing are successfully completed
  • Product complies with basic requirements of UV protection objective
  • UPF ≥ 10

The certificate and product label are valid for one year.

  • Tested products can be labeled with UPF value of 10, 15, 20, 30, 40, 60 or 80 (test results are rounded down to the next level)
  • Certificate lists the lowest determined UV protection factor under all test conditions
  • Test report lists the exact UV protection factors for all test steps
  • Upon request, the product may listed in UV STANDARD 801 product database

Annual Renewal

Annual renewal of the certificate and is required for continued use of the UV STANDARD 801 label. Renewal applicants must submit:

  1. Representative sample material for testing
  2. Completed application form
  3. Declaration of Conformity

Significant changes to the product or testing failures require brand new certifications.

Certificate Extension

Certificates can be extended (during the one year validity period) to include additional colors within the same certified material. The new samples are subject to the complete testing program.

The certificate's original expiry date remains unchanged.

Hangtags and product labels highlight certified products.

The third-party UV STANDARD 801 label builds trust with consumers. It facilitates easy identification of UV protection products and tested UPF.

The UV STANDARD 801 hangtag includes additional consumer info on textile UV protection, including how to determine your skin type and necessary UPF.

UV STANDARD 801 Label Elements:

Any trusted label should include traceable information, including certificate number, testing institute and website.

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Contact
Ben Mead
Managing Director
Hohenstein Institute America