ZURICH/BEIJING—A meeting of Oeko-Tex testing institute managers was held in Beijing Oct. 21–22. The choice of meeting location reportedly acknowledged the strong growth in Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certificates for textile and clothing manufacturers in China and the entire Asian region. As usual, the agenda focused on resolutions regarding the new version of the Oeko-Tex criteria catalogue which goes into effect Jan. 2010, as well as internal coordination regarding activities to safeguard the globally high and uniform safety standard for products from the textile industry.
According to Oeko-Tex general secretary Raimar Freitag, the number of Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certificates continues to grow across the globe. Almost 10,000 certificates for textile products at all processing stages were issued in 2008 alone; the highest annual figure to date and an increase of 11 percent as compared to the previous year. Strong increases have reportedly been registered in Asian countries, whereby Chinese companies in particular are increasingly certifying their products in accordance with the Oeko-Tex Standard 100.
Oeko-Tex institute managers strengthened their commitment to providing a comprehensive instrument for an objective assessment of the human-ecological quality of textile products by way of a consistent further development of testing criteria. A unanimous decision was also reached on the continuance of quality management measures which the Oeko-Tex Association conducts annually in the form of product inspections, operational audits and internal inter-laboratory tests by member institutes for the purpose of complying with the required testing criteria and ensuring a uniform testing standard. Along with the increasing reach of the Oeko-Tex Standard 100, the quality assurance system of the Oeko-Tex Association also reportedly includes precautionary measures to protect the label Confidence in Textiles as a registered trademark.