For textiles, Hohenstein Institutes offer a wide range of independent quality assessments and certification processes on which European importers have successfully relied for years when purchasing goods from countries such as China, India, Bangladesh and Turkey. These include, for example, certification under Oeko-Tex Standard 100, checking for compliance with legal requirements in the target markets and analyzing other quality criteria such as the finish, fit or comfort characteristics. All laboratory testing and certification procedures are carried out without exception at the headquarters of the Hohenstein Institutes in Bönnigheim in order to ensure a consistent quality standard for customers. However, 16 agencies in 15 countries around the world also help ensure that expert support is available for interested companies actually in the production countries themselves.
Effective protection against possible harmful substances in textiles is provided by the Oeko-Tex Standard 100, which the Hohenstein Institutes helped to develop 15 years ago. This is a voluntary test and certification system for textile fibers, yarns, fabrics and manufactured end products of all kinds. Items that have been tested successfully can be endorsed by retailers with the product label “Confidence in Textiles“, which provides a valuable guide for purchasers of textiles.
The test criteria include legally banned or regulated substances, chemicals that are known to be harmful to health and parameters enabling consumers to take precautions regarding their health. Taken as a whole, therefore, they go far beyond existing legal requirements. The level of testing depends on the intended use of the textile product in question: the closer the skin contact, the stricter the limits that are prescribed. Baby items and textile toys are therefore tested particularly rigorously.