LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX®

LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX® is a certification system for leather and leather products, which is of relevance for tanneries, leather goods manufacturers and traders, and sourcing offices. Following products at all processing levels can be certified:

  • Finished articles: clothing, shoes, handbags, gloves, accessories, covers
  • Semi-finished products: wet-blue, wet-white, crust etc.
  • Finished leather and leather fibre materials

Precondition for the Certification

All parts of an article must meet the required criteria – in addition to the leather, for example, also:

  • Textile parts, such as textile fabrics, sewing threads, inserts, prints, labels
  • Non-textile accessories, such as buttons, zip fasteners, rivets 


For leather materials the conditions and criteria of the latest valid LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX® apply; for non-leather components those of STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®. 

Intended Use of Leathers or Leather Products

The greater the degree of skin contact with a product and the more sensitive the skin, the stricter the human-ecological requirements that have to be complied with. Accordingly, a distinction is made between four product classes:

  • Product class I
    Products for babies and toddlers up to 3 years of age:
    leather clothing, leather gloves, crawling sheepskin, fur
  • Product class II 
    Products that are worn close to the skin: 
    leather trousers, leather jackets, leather underwear
  • Product class III 
    Products used away from the skin:
    lined leather jackets/overcoats, leather handbags, leather belts
  • Product class IV
    Decoration/furnishing materials
    upholstery leather covers

What Does LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX® Take into Consideration?

  • European and international legislation concerning, for example, prohibited azo dyes, chromium(VI), formaldehyde, pentachlorophenol, cadmium, nickel liberation, perfluorooctanesulphonic acid (PFOS)
  • Numerous hazardous chemicals, even if they are not yet subject to statutory regulations
  • Requirements of Annexes XIV and XVII of the European chemicals regulation REACh and the ECHA SVHC candidate list, in so far as they are of relevance for leather and leather goods
  • Requirements of the US Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) relating to lead
  • Numerous environmentally relevant substance classes such as alkylphenol ethoxylates

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