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OEKO-TEX® STeP Certification of production facilities

Certify your production according to STeP to show that your articles are produced environmentally friendly in a sustainable way. The certification includes requirements for environmental impact, chemicals, quality, social responsibility and health and safety
Or perform an Internal Assessment-comparison with the requirements but no certification


STeP (Sustainable Textile Production) is a certification from OEKO-TEX® Association and is aimed at companies in the textile and leather chain that want to manufacture their products in a responsible way. Other certification systems, for the most part, only take into account certain individual aspects of sustainability. STeP provides a more comprehensive analysis and evaluation of sustainable production conditions.The requirements and criteria for STeP certification are specially adapted to the textile, leather and clothing industry.

  • STeP is also a key component for product label  OEKO-TEX® MADE IN GREEN.
  • STeP certified companies are now represented in about 42 countries and today there are more than 470 valid licenses.

A STeP certification means that you are actively working with minimizing your risks, reduce the resource consumption and environmental impact, and create a safe and attractive workplace for employees. Furthermore, the certificate also provides a possibility to communicate your improvements to customers in a transparent way.

An Internal Assessment aims to find out how your company performs based on the requirements of OEKO-TEX® STeP.

STeP benefits for production companies

  • More efficient production processes
  • Determines the company's positioning with regard to sustainability
  • Shows areas for improvement
  • Independent evidence of sustainable production conditions
  • Possible to open up new markets and customer relationships

STeP benefits for trademarks and retailers

With STeP certified suppliers, it is possible to enable the target to clearly demonstrate sustainable commitment to end consumers, i.e. compliance with environmental protection and social responsibility requirements.



Certification may include the production of products (textile, leather, foam products and accessories) or various stages in the production chain (fiber manufacturing, spinning, weaving, knitting, dyeing, finishing, foam and mattress manufacturing, sewing factories or logistics centers for textiles and leather)
The certification can only be performed by one of the textile research and test institutes connected to the Oeko-Tex® Association.
RISE is the only institute in Sweden and Norway authorized to certify according to OEKO-TEX® STeP.


STeP analyzes and evaluates the existing production. In order to reach a certification, it is required that you actively carry out improvements for a more sustainable production as well as fulfilling the criteria of the standard

STeP is built on requirements within 6 different modules:

  • Quality Management
  • Environmental Management
  • Chemical Management
  • Environmental performance
  • Health protection and safety at work
  • Social responsibility

Control of emissions to water and air, risk prevention to avoid workplace accidents and replacement and handling of environmental- and health impairing chemicals are examples of issues that are included.
A company that has come far regarding its work to implement STeP can work with questions such as equality and diversity in the workplace, zero tolerance of faulty goods and Design for Environment.

Application options

  • OEKO-TEX® STePcertification including DETOX TO ZERO evaluation
  • OEKO-TEX® STeP certification excluding DETOX TO ZERO evaluation.
  • Internal evaluation


Certification: A OEKO-TEX® STeP certificate and related On-Site Visit report. The certificate is valid for three years.
Internal Assessment: A status report. (Possibility to use completed work when extending to STeP certification within 12 months)

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Complaints and opinions regarding OEKO-TEX®
We appreciate any feedback that can help us improve our work with OEKO-TEX® certification services.
If you have comments/complaints regarding OEKO-TEX® standards, products or how we can improve ourselves or RISE as a member of the OEKO-TEX® Association, you are welcome to convey this via the form in the link below (Complaint form on the OEKO-TEX® website).


Certification according to STeP by OEKO-TEX® of production facilities manufacturing textile and leather articles under s


Certification of Textiles


Certification: Price on request for quotation
Internal Assessment: See pdf document under "More information"

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Fill in on-line application on OEKO-TEX webpage

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3. Good health and well-being
5. Gender equality
6. Clean water and sanitation
10. Reduced inequalities
12. Responsible consumption and production
13. Climate action
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