FILK becomes member of the OEKO-TEX® community

OEKO-TEX® issues new certification for leather goods tested for harmful substances – FILK becomes member of the OEKO-TEX® community

From 2017 onwards, producers and suppliers of leather goods can have their products certified to be tested for harmful substances by the International OEKO-TEX® Association. The basis for the certification is the new LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX®, which was issued during the annual meeting of the General Managers of the OEKO-TEX® institutes in the beginning of November 2016.

Formed in 1992 and celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017, the OEKO-TEX® Association, in response to the latest developments in the textile, leather goods and footwear market, is adding the leather sector to its extensive testing and certification system that has focused so far on textile products and accessory materials.

With the introduction of this new certification for leather and leather products the Forschungsinstitut für Leder und Kunststoffbahnen (FILK) as an established material research and testing institute of the tanning and leather industry will become a member of the OEKO-TEX® community and offers tests and certification according to the LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX®.

In the future, the International Association for Research and Testing in the Field of Textile and Leather Ecology (OEKO-TEX®) will use the new LEATHER STANDARD product label to distinguish products that meet the strict requirements of the LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX® criteria catalogue. The test criteria and limit values in many cases go far beyond applicable national and international standards. The LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX® therefore contributes to a high and effective level of product safety and reliability from the consumer’s perspective and lets manufacturers of leather goods in all stages of production distinguish their products to show that they have been tested for harmful substances, providing a reliable decision-making tool for consumers who purchase leather products.

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