The Hohenstein quality label at Lidl

Lidl places a high priority on the quality of its goods. As part of this, issues relating to human ecology, i.e. ensuring that they do not contain substances that are harmful to people, play an important part. The company also demands that important performance characteristics and quality specifications are satisfied. To meet these high standards, Lidl has large parts of its textile range tested by the independent Hohenstein Institute.

This is documented in the form of the Hohenstein Quality Label:

Quality Label: Harmful Substances | Workmanship | Fit

Product safety and quality

The article of clothing is awarded the Hohenstein quality label “Harmful Substances, Workmanship and Fit”. Tests for harmful chemicals are carried out to ensure legal conformity and for the purpose of consumer protection. The test criteria for the certified tests for harmful chemicals exceed the statutory requirements. They include the statutory requirements for test parameters, such as azo dyestuffs or heavy metals, including cadmium and lead. In addition, further tests are carried out with regard to the quality label. Only 8 polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon substances (PAKs) are regulated, however, for the purposes of preventative consumer protection, we test 24 substances. Tests are also carried out for chlorinated benzenes and toluenes as well as organostannic compounds. With regard to the latter, only baby and infant clothing is subject to statutory regulation, however in the interest of consumers, we test all clothing.

During processing, clothing from on-going and completed production is tested on-site by Hohenstein in accordance with the highest quality demands. This includes checking compliance with production specifications as well as processing quality.

The fit test assesses the fit of clothing. It tests whether it complies with the required clothing fit and whether the item of clothing has been created in such a way that optimum moveability is guaranteed for the intended purpose. The assessment of the fit is carried out using the “Size Germany” body measurement tables. This is the most recent measurement of more than 12,000 persons from all age groups in Germany.

These tests are carried out by Hohenstein in their own ISO 17021 accredited laboratories.

1 year

All types of clothing

To test:
To receive the Hohenstein Quality Label, the product must meet the following criteria:

  • Tests for harmful substances in the groups alkylphenol (AP) and alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEO), arylamines, carcinogenic dyes, allergy-inducing dispersion dyes, chlorobenzene and chlorotoluenes, chlorophenols, chlorinated solvents, glycols, heavy metals, organotin compounds, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), perfluorinated and polyfluorinated chemicals (PFC), phthalates, volatile organic compounds and further
  • Test of sample conformity and compliance with production specifications as well as a visual assessment of processing quality in production
  • Fit and appearance must not be impaired by processing defects
  • The fit is tested both as new and also after one care treatment as per the care label
  • The item of clothing must comply with the body size tables in all lengths and width measurements and also ensure freedom of movement appropriate for the purpose and function of the clothing

Additional information can be found in the detailed test catalogue

Link, to product data sheet Harmful Substances, Workmanship, Fit
Product data sheet Harmful Substances, Workmanship, Fit (140KB)
The label: “Skin Friendly”

In this cell culture test skin cells are used to detect cell damaging substances that may leach out of the sample material. Therefore the test allows the evaluation of the potential for cell damage. This potential is recorded as a summation parameter. The test is no analysis for single cell damaging substances.

Test procedure:
The Skin Compatibility Test is carried out after the protocol AW-QM- on the basis of the standard DIN EN ISO 10993-5. The Hohenstein Laboratories are accredited by DAkkS.

For this purpose an extract of the test material is prepared, which is cultivated with

L 929 skin cells for 24 hours. The cell viability respectively potential cell-toxic

effect is quantitatively determined for the treated cell culture in comparison with untreat-ed control cultures. A reduction of viability of more than 30 % in comparison with the extracting agent control is assessed as a clear cell-toxic effect.

2 years


  • Clothing worn close to the body, e.g. Sportswear, Underwear
  • Wellness and functional textiles
  • Clothing for sensitive persons such as allergy-sufferers, pregnant women, infants, invalids or the elderly
  • Textiles forming the subject of complaints

The Label: Textile performance characteristics

  • UV protection:
    As with sun creams, the UV protection factor on textiles is calculated using prescribed standards.
  • Colourfastness in chlorine or sea water:
    The colourfastness of textiles for use when swimming or on the beach is assessed in chlorine and sea water.
  • Water- and windproofing, or water and wind repellance: for outdoor articles endorsed in this way, these properties are tested using standardised methods.
  • Breathability:
    This is tested by measuring the water vapour resistance. The Hohenstein clothing physiologists have defined the necessary guideline values.
  • Tumble-drying: an article is suitable for tumble drying if prescribed shrinkage rates are not exceeded during machine drying.