Market Updates

Here, we would like to inform you about the most relevant updates in the textile industry and about changes in standardization and legislation.

15.09.2017 I ZDHC regognizes ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® as indicator of MRSL compliance

ZDHC recognizes ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® certification as third-party indicator of conformance with its MRSL requirements

What does that actually mean?

Colourants, auxiliaries and other chemical formulations certified by ECO PASSPORT also meet Level 1 of ZDHC’s Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL). For ZDHC Level 1, this means that chemical formulations have been verified by laboratory testing.

Rest assured that our ECO PASSPORT certification still requires both a screening according to the existing OEKO-TEX® RSL/MRSL and analytical testing performed in one of the laboratories of our member institutes.

Are there other ZDHC Levels?

Yes, and through future development of our ECO PASSPORT, we are working to soon have ECO PASSPORT deliver ZDHC Levels 2 and 3 MRSL conformance. Of course, we will keep you updated on this matter.

What does this mean for ECO PASSPORT certified chemicals?

Our collaboration with ZDHC allows chemical suppliers to be visible on our OEKO-TEX® Buying Guide as well as the ZDHC Chemical Gateway. Both resources should help supply chains find and use more sustainable chemistries.

For further questions please contact our sales department.

Contact:

Sales International
Phone: +49 7143 271 898
E-Mail: sales@hohenstein.de

18.07.2017 I Market survey on shopping and washing habits

According to a comprehensive market survey carried out by GINETEX, over 90% of Germans think about sustainability and responsible handling of natural resources when caring for their textiles. The survey also made some interesting conclusions on shopping habits: in comparison to other countries, Germans place greater importance on quality, material and fit when purchasing clothing. For 52% of the respondents, it is important that there is a quality mark on the label.

14.07.2017 I From 2020, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) is banned in the EU.
Approval requirement for other phthalates and for alkylphenol ethoxylates.

From 2020, usage restrictions apply to perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in the European Union.

Perfluorooctanoic acid and its salts have been included in appendix XVII of the REACH regulation (EC) 1907/2006. The ban refers to the manufacture and placement on the market of the compounds themselves, as well as the use of them or placement on the market of materials, compounds or products which contain PFOA or their salts. For materials, compounds or products which contain PFOA or their salts, a limit value of 25 ppb, or 1000 ppb for precursor compounds, applies.

Approval requirement for other phthalates and for alkylphenol ethoxylates.

In addition, appendix XIV of the REACH regulation (EC) 1907/2006 was expanded to include various phthalates, nonyl- and octylphenol ethoxylates as well as 1-bromopropane (n-propyl bromide), anthracene oil and pitch/coal tar. These will therefore carry an approval requirement and according to the sunset date referred to in appendix XIV may be used or placed on the market for use only once an appropriate approval has been issued for them. The sunset date for the listed phthalates is 4 July 2020; approvals can be applied for until 4 January 2019. For alkylphenol ethoxylates, each deadline is six months later.

10.07.2017 I SVHC list expanded: Observe information duties

On July 10th 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced the addition of the Perfluorohexane-1-sulphonic acid (PFHxS) to the list of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC).

Additionally the reasons for listing were updated for bisphenol A (BPA), benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP), bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP) with respect to their endocrine disrupting properties.

If a substance is listed on the SVHC list, this does not have an immediate effect on its use. It simply means that it is then flagged for inclusion in Annex XIV of the REACH Regulation, which might result in a future usage prohibition or authorisation requirement.

However, classification as an SVHC does result in an obligation to provide information or disclose usage as per Article 33 of the REACH Regulation. Thus, consumers in the supply chain (B2B) must be informed if an SVHC with more than 0.1 % w/w is present in an article and must be given information about the safe usage of the article. Consumers (B2C) are entitled - upon request - to receive information (free and within 45 days) about the presence of SVHCs with more than 0.1 % w/w in consumer products.

Importers and producers of articles comprising a SVHC substance above a concentration of 0.1% (w/w) and an annual quantity of over one tonne (of SVHC substance) need to notify ECHA accordingly.

In order to fulfil these obligations we recommend all companies, especially those sourcing outside the EU but also those sourcing inside the EU, to contact their suppliers. Make them aware of the new requirements and ask whether some of the new (or the old) SVHC are present in their products.

If you want to be on the safe side, you have the possibility to have your raw materials or finished products tested in our lab for the above-mentioned substances as well as for further SVHC or other harmful substances.

For further inquiries regarding REACH, the SVHC list or the respective obligations please contact our sales department.

Contact:

Sales International
Phone: +49 7143 271 898
E-Mail: sales@hohenstein.de

27.02.2017 I Supplementation of the standard for protective gloves

27.02.2017 I The European Committee for Standardisation has published a revised version of EN 388, which replaces the former DIN EN 388:2003. The innovations include specifications regarding “cut-resistance” and “shock test” of protective gloves. But please note that the publication in the official gazette must still be awaited within the context of an EC type examination.

Do you have questions about the new standard? Our experts are looking forward to personally advise you on this.

Contact:
Mrs. Susanne Vieth
Email: s.vieth@hohenstein.de
Telefon: +49 7143 271309

20.01.2017 I SVHC list supplemented: Observe information duties

On 12th January 2017, the ECHA (European Chemicals Agency) announced the addition of the following substances to the SVHC list (SVHC = Substance of Very High Concern):

  • Bisphenol A (BPA, 4,4’-isopropylidenediphenol, CAS number 80-05-7)
  • Perfluorodecanoic acid (PFDA)
    and its sodium and ammonium salts (CAS numbers 335-76-2, 3830-45-3, 3108-42-7)
  • p-(1,1-dimethylpropyl)-phenol (CAS number 80-46-6)
  • 4-heptylphenol, branched and linear
    substances with a linear and/or branched alkyl chain with a carbon number of 7 covalently bound predominantly in position 4 to phenol, covering also UVCB- and well-defined substances which include any of the individual isomers or a combination thereof

Perfluorodecanoic acid (PFDA) is a member of the perfluorinated compounds (PFC) group and has been regulated by the OEKO-TEX® Association since the start of the year 2016 with a limit value of 0.05 mg/kg (OEKO-TEX® Standard 100, Product Class 1).

BPA as well as the alkyphenols 3. p-(1,1-dimethylpropyl)-phenol and 4-heptylphenol are listed on the MRSL (Manufacturing Restricted Substance List - list of substances that are not allowed to be used in production) of STeP by OEKO-TEX® with BPA mentioned by name and the two alkylphenols covered with the entry alkylphenols and alkylphenolethoxylates.

The question to which extend BPA and the mentioned alkylphenols are relevant for textiles is subject to several research projects at the Hohenstein Institutes. After a broad evaluation of the project results those substances may be part of the routine analytics in Hohenstein and of further Standards by OEKO-TEX®.

If a substance is listed on the SVHC list, this does not have an immediate effect on its use. It simply means that it is then flagged for inclusion in Annex XIV of the REACH Regulation, which might result in a future usage prohibition or authorisation requirement.

However, classification as an SVHC does result in an obligation to provide information or disclose usage as per Article 33 of the REACH Regulation. Thus, consumers in the supply chain (B2B) must be informed if an SVHC with more than 0.1 % w/w is present in an article and must be given information about the safe usage of the article. Consumers (B2C) are entitled - upon request - to receive information (free and within 45 days) about the presence of SVHCs with more than 0.1 % w/w in consumer products.

28.10.2016 I EU-wide prohibition of sale for cosmetic products tested on animals outside the European Union

The European Court of Justice is stepping up the prohibition on cosmetics whose constituents have been tested on animals. An EU-wide prohibition on their sale comes into force with immediate effect, including for cosmetic products tested on animals outside the European Union. You can commission the Hohenstein Institute to carry out recognised HET-CAM tests to determine tolerance and the potential risk of skin irritation from your products without involving experiments on animals.

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20.08.2016 I Proposal for lower limit of Bisphenol A in toys published

The group of experts from the European Commission considers it necessary to further reduce the limit value for bisphenol A in toys. As published under the Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC the migration limit shall be lowered from 0,1 mg/l to 0,04 mg/l. According to the Commission’s notification the proposal should be adopted in Q4 2016 and will come into force in Q2 2018. On request, Hohenstein will test your toys in accordance with the new limit values.

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20.08.2016 I Certain skin diseases triggered by UV rays are recognized as an occupational disease

Since 2015 certain skin diseases triggered by UV rays are recognized as an occupational disease.
This means that employers are obliged to provide protective equipment if their employees are exposed to the sun for more than eight hours or longer a day. The UV Standard 801 is a reliable aid when selecting adequate UV protection clothing. Unlike other international test methods, the UV Standard 801 takes aspects such as the stretching, wetting and ageing of the textile material into consideration.

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12.05.2016 I EU directive: RAL 992 Quality Certification Mark

The new EU directive permits the use of RAL 992 quality certification marks as a basis for a tender. Your advantages: Contract placement will become simpler, more flexible and more user-friendly across Europe. Until now, public customers had to individually list the criteria of a particular certificate.

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22.06.2016 I Japan adopts the GINETEX textile care labelling symbols

Japan is one of the few countries that has, until now, used different care symbols from the GINETEX care symbols that are familiar to Europe. Now Japan has joined the international GINETEX community and from 1 December 2016 the GINETEX care symbols will be valid in Japan, too. However, if the garment was manufactured before 30 November 2016, it may continue to be sold with the earlier Japanese symbols after 1 December 2016.