Formaldehyde has health-hazardous properties such as toxic, sensitizing, can cause genetic defects and can cause cancer. The requirement limits the content of formaldehyde emitted from textiles.
- Special contract terms
- Acquisition of textiles during the contract period
In textiles acquired by the supplier during the contract period, the content of free or (partly) hydrolysed formaldehyde (CAS 50-00-0) shall not be present in levels above 75 ppm (75 mg/kg).
If the contract terms have been verified with a label, check that there is a valid license for the product in question.
Valid license for any of for example the following labels. This can be checked on each website:
- Ökotex Standard 100 (produktklass I, II) 2021-2023
- Nordic Ecolabelling for Textile, hides/skins and leather, version 4 or 5
- EU Ecolabel for textile products 2014/350/EU
- GOTS, version 6.0 (2020) or 7.0 (2023)
- bluesign APPROVED – BSSL (bluesign system substance list, usage range A, B), version 12 or 13
If the requirement has been verified with bluesign a valid certificate can be requested from the supplier. The Supplier can receive a certrificate from its “bluesign system partner” in the supply chain. bluesign APPROVED covers the different textiles. If bluesign APPROVED is used as verification a certificate for each ingoing textile in the product is needed.
If the contract terms have been verified with analysis reports, perform spot-checks on the analysis reports and check that the values are below the requirement limit value for formaldehyde. The analysis can be performed in accordance with Standard EN ISO-14184-1 or equivalent. Also check that the analyses were performed by an accredited laboratory.
Self-declaration verified by an accredited verification body
If the contract terms have been verified with a self-declaration request the company's self-declaration including technical documentation of compliance that has been verified by an accredited verification body, accredited for the task in accordance with ISO/IEC 17029.
Information about the criterion
There are currently no accredited verification bodies according to ISO / IEC 17029 (Conformity assessment - General principles and requirements for validation and verification bodies), as it is a relatively new standard. However, this may change, especially if the demand for verifying compliance in this way increases. This possibility is therefore included in the list of possible verifications. More information about the standard is available at www.swedac.se.
The version date indicates when the sustainability criterion was created or last updated. Last reviewed dated tells when we last checked that the sustainability criterion still is relevant.
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- Version date
- Review date