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STeP Certification

What Is STeP by OEKO-TEX®?
Sustainable Textile & Leather Production

STeP by OEKO-TEX® by is an independent certification system developed by the Oeko-Tex International association for brands, retailers and manufacturers from the textile and leather industry to assure the transparency and sustainability by testing and auditing. It focuses on environmentally and social responsible textile and apparel facilities. STeP by OEKO-TEX® certification helps to reduce the hazards and risks throughout the supply chain from fibre production to finished goods. All textile companies can be certified, for example, fibre manufacturers, spinning mills, weaving mills, embroiderers, knitwear companies, finishing companies, manufacturers of ready-made clothes, foam and mattress manufacturers and technology logistics centres. In the leather industry, all processes can be certified, from the beam house to the tannery to the manufacturer of ready-made clothes. Manufacturing facility shall be eligible to use the Made in Green by OEKO-TEX® logo on their product after successful certification of STeP by OEKO-TEX®. OEKO-TEX 100 certification is the main pre-requisite for STeP by OEKO-TEX® certification.

The objective of the STeP by OEKO-TEX® certification to establish a sustainable, environment friendly production process, improve workplace safety and buildup socially acceptable working conditions in production facilities throughout the entire textile supply chain. Certified companies can continuously enhance their environmental performance, social responsibility and efficiency to following the on going STeP by OEKO-TEX® update process.

STeP by OEKO-TEX® is the voluntary certification program and is suitable for any organization i.e. large, medium and small considering improving its ethical & environmental practices and sustainability to meet the expectations of all stakeholders. STeP by OEKO-TEX® certification acceptability is going high day by day and mostly European customers demands STeP by OEKO-TEX® certification from their suppliers even it is becoming a pre-requisite of European retailers to start the business relationship with global supply chain. STeP by OEKO-TEX® awareness is also rising among end users of textile products even now a days consumers do not just expect the responsible use of chemicals in textile production and high-quality textiles those are not harmful to health. They also want the products that they buy to be manufactured under environment friendly and socially acceptable conditions. With STeP by OEKO-TEX®, brands, retailers and manufacturers get a target-based solution for successfully meeting growing market requirements with regard to sustainability and for clearly and transparently documenting their efforts along the entire textile supply chain.

However, it is not enough as NGOs like Greenpeace and consumers demands a manufacturing processes which are environment friendly. One of the example is the Greenpeace detox campaign. It completely aims to eliminate eleven hazardous chemical groups from textile production. DETOX TO ZERO by OEKO-TEX® helps production facilities to establish an efficient chemical management system that enables them to identify harmful substances and achievements should be communicated in credible way.

Benefits of STeP by OEKO-TEX® Certification

STeP by OEKO-TEX® Standard is Comprised on Following Modules

STeP Certification Process

After finalization of agreement with client, Quality Systems’ experts visit to client’s premises and conduct the complete gap analysis of existing system against the STeP by OEKO-TEX® standard and discuss the gap report to the management, Identified gaps could be in documents, implementation, Occupational health & safety, environmental management system & social system, employee’s awareness, statutory & regulatory and local laws compliances. We commence work according to the agreed timelines as per final gap report and proceed for the audit once all the documentation, implementation, and other requirements are done. Our technical team provides complete assistance, support and cooperation throughout the process to make certification audit successful in first attempt.
STeP by OEKO-TEX® also provides the online portal to client for the uploading all required documents and records. once everything uploaded on portal then factory submits and proceeds to the audit.

STEP BY OEKO-TEX® certificate is not awarded once-and-for-all, it must be renewed before expiration of the certificate. After applying for the audit to the certification body, they conduct the initial audit. After the successful conduction of audit, certification body issues the certificate with validity of 03 years. After completion of 18 months from the day of issuance of certificate auditing agency conducts the compliance audit.

Cost of STeP Certification

Charges of STeP by OEKO-TEX certification can not be flat or same for every organization, please contact us in this regard.

Why Quality Systems

Quality Systems is working with the team of qualified and experienced consultants and trainers having vast industrial experience, most of our consultants are also lead auditors who are aware to the expectations of auditors from your management system during the audit. Quality systems is assisting across the world to implement and achieve the STeP by OEKO-TEX® outstanding results. Our consultation methodology is highly professional, time bound and effective and we always add value to the business process of the client’s organization.

Our STeP by OEKO-TEX® Certification complete package comprised on following segments such as training, implementation, consultation, gap analysis, documentation, internal audits, pre assessment, third party audit through world’s most recognized approved by Oeko Tex Certification body and post audit enhancement / maintenance services to enable your organization to get the best outcome of STeP by OEKO-TEX®. Our services are globally accepted, authoritative and benchmarked in the field of STeP by OEKO-TEX® audit.