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Clothing and Textiles Testing

Testing for harmful substances in clothing and textiles | TÜV Rheinland

Testing of community masks

You have started with the production of community masks? TÜV Rheinland has developed its own test specification (2PFG S 0193/04.20) ensuring fast and uncomplicated testing of community masks as the basis for a successful market launch. After the successful completion of all required tests, your products may obtain the test mark "Schadstoffgeprüft" (Tested for harmful substances). Our experts will be pleased to give you more information about our service offer.

Important notes:

  • Community masks are not medical devices and no personal protective equipment!
  • We point out that the Biocide Regulation must be observed!


Any biocide treatment of community masks is excluded from a test mark award by TÜV Rheinland and accordingly is not part of the scope of a certification or the criteria catalog 2PfG S 0193 / 04.20. The manufacturer confirms that he has not used biocides with a corresponding manufacturer’s declaration. In the case of a justified suspicion, it is the responsibility of the expert to order additional testing to verify that biocides were not used.

The chemical analysis in the basic package (Legal) includes relevant, legal, chemical conditions in accordance with national legislation and/or European regulations (REACH) and the POP regulation. If biocides are used in connection with the product, this must be ordered separately and evaluated by the experts through additional independent testing in accordance with Regulation (EU) No. 528/2012 Biocide Regulation.

Prove the high quality and harmlessness of your textile products

Today, approximately 7000 chemicals are commonly used in the production of diverse textiles and leather goods. These include coloring dyes, easy-ironing finishings and agents to protect against mold during transport. Our independent services help manufacturers prove their products meet both high quality and strict safety standards.

Our experts test and certify your textiles with regard to harmful substances and textile-physical quality characteristics according to national and international standards as well as current market requirements.

As an accredited and globally recognized testing institute, we are your reliable and experienced partner around the world.

Are you interested in our flexible range of services relating to the testing and certification of your textile products? Contact us today!

Ensuring customer confidence thanks to comprehensive textiles testing

Our independent services are designed to ensure your compliance with both legal requirements and voluntary industry standards regulating harmful substances. Certifications from an accredited and respected industry partner help you strengthen consumer confidence in the quality and safety of your products.

Our services for the testing of your textile products

Product testing for clothing and textiles | TÜV Rheinland
We carry out chemical and physical tests on clothing and textiles.

We offer you numerous tests and certifications for your clothing and textile products.

Chemical tests

Our tests can be performed according to REACH and POP regulations, the Product Safety Directive, SVHC, and DETOX as well as individual customer-specific requirements.

We test for hazardous chemicals including but not limited to:

  • Azo dyes, lead, cadmium, chlorophenols, chromium VI, nickel, PAH, phthalates, VOC emissions

Physical tests

We perform textile-physical and quality tests focused on characteristics such as:

  • Color fastness, appearance after wash, zipper test, tensile strength, material analyses etc.
  • Textile labeling according to VO (EU) 1007/2011

Learn more in our list of services!

Other services

We also offer:

  • Certification, e.g. with the "Tested for harmful substances" test mark
  • Creation of product-specific requirement profiles for your quality assurance (RSL)
  • Creation of test scopes / test plans for your products
  • Examination of complaints
  • Processing of official cross-checks and drafting of expert opinions
  • Seminars and in-house trainings
  • Inspections

Our vegan test mark

For many consumers, the development and production of products without the use of animal products, by-products or derivatives is of increasing importance. Our recognized seal of approval neutrally and independently confirms your textile products have been processed and manufactured according to "vegan" guidelines.

Benefit from our experience in the field of textiles testing

Due to our many years of experience as an accredited testing institute, we are a trusted and competent partner for the testing and certification of your clothing and textile products. Our international network of experts uses comprehensive knowledge and practical skills to ensure short processing times. Our neutral test mark provides your products significant competitive advantage in crowded global markets.

Do you still have questions about our services for testing textiles? Ask us!

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Further information for download

pdf Textile and Garment Testing 1 MB Download
pdf Flyer - Clothing and Textiles 3 MB Download
pdf Brochure - TÜV Rheinland Test Mark and Certipedia 2 MB Download
pdf Capabilities list 486 KB Download
pdf New Phthalates Restriction - Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 (REACH) Annex XVII entry 51 170 KB Download
pdf Proposal for the restriction of skin sensitizing substances 1 MB Download
pdf Proof Criteria Catalogue Community Masks Infosheet 172 KB Download
pdf Productsheet ISO 21420 106 KB Download

Solutions for the new normal. TÜV Rheinland is your partner during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

With our testings and certifications we support a quick market launch of your corona related products like Personal Protective Equipment or Medical Devices.

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