Oeko-Tex Updates Restricted Substances and Limit Values

GREENSBORO, N.C.—The International Oeko-Tex Association issues an updated 2010 Restricted Substances and Limit Values List (RSL), which will be used to certify textile products to the Oeko-Tex Standard 100. The Oeko-Tex RSL is updated at least once per year after Oeko-Tex scientists evaluate the RSL against worldwide governmental regulations (such as REACh in Europe and CPSIA in the U.S.), the latest textile processing technology and the most current human health data. The 2010 RSL went into effect on April 1.

Major updates to the Oeko-Tex RSL include:

·        Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH): Synthetics will be tested for compliance with strict PAH limits.

·        Di-isobutyl Phthalate (DIBP): This softener has been added to the list of phthalates that are barred. Phthalates are regulated under both REACh and CPSIA.

·        Dioctyltin (DOT): This chemical has been added to list of prohibited organic tin compounds.

·        Quality Assurance: Onsite operational audits will be conducted as part of the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification process.

The International Oeko-Tex Association is offering a free webinar on May 5, at noon EST that will focus on these recent enhancements and on the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification process, which ensures textiles are tested to be free from dangerous levels of more than 100 substances believed to be harmful to human health. Visit

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