The International Association for Research and Testing in the Field of Textile and Leather Ecology (OEKO-TEX®) is a union of 18 independent textile research and test institutes in Europe and Japan and their worldwide representative offices.
The member institutes are responsible for the joint development of test methods and limit values which form the basis of the product labels according to STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® and LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX® as well as the production site certifications according to STeP by OEKO-TEX® (Sustainable Textile Production) and the chemical management tool DETOX TO ZERO by OEKO-TEX®. They are also entitled to carry out the corresponding laboratory tests and site audits. Additional services of the OEKO-TEX® Association are the MySTeP database for supply chain management and the ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® certification for the verification of chemicals and auxiliaries.
On the basis of their wide-ranging activities and core competencies the OEKO-TEX® member institutes provide important impulses for innovations within the textile and clothing industry. Through close cooperation with the manufacturers their accredited test system also makes a substantial contribution to the development of high-quality textile products.