After the expiry of the usual three-month transition period, the test criteria and limit values for OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 that were published at the start of the year 2014 came definitely into force on 1 April. During laboratory tests, there are some new regulations must now be complied with, such as-
- The specifications for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) have become much stricter. The following limit values now apply:
- Product class I: 50 μg/kg = 0.05 mg/kg (previously 0.10 mg/kg)
- Product class II: 100 μg/kg = 0.10 mg/kg (previously 0.25 mg/kg)
- Product class III: 100 μg/kg = 0.10 mg/kg (previously 0.25 mg/kg)
- Product class IV: 500 μg/kg = 0.50 mg/kg (previously 1.00 mg/kg)
- For the alkylphenolethoxylates (APEOs), the test has been extended to further ethoxylate chains (1-20).
- The existing exemption in OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 for a few selected products for solvent residues has been extended for 1-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP). The exemption now also applies for spun-dyed fibres that are used specifically in the production of personal protective equipment (PPE).
There are another regulation has incorporated in this version. This latest version of the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 test criteria and limit values can be viewed at any time at www.oeko tex.com/limitvalues. For more information on the new regulations that came into force on 1 April, Contact the OEKO-TEX® Secretariat (email@example.com) or the OEKO-TEX® institutes and representative offices (www.oekotex.com/institutes).