Oeko-Tex Standards

Nov 11, 2021  |  1:00 - 2:00 pm

Mindful Fashion New Zealand, in partnership with Raw Assembly Australia presents a 5-part information series on Certifications and Standards for fibres, materials and textile products.

Session #3 - OEKO-TEX Standards

Chemicals are involved in every step of the fashion supply chain.

OEKO-TEX provides a range of standards that address chemical use, enabling consumers and companies to make responsible decisions about the products they buy. There is a focus on product safety, improving sustainable production and ensuring a sustainable, transparent value chain.

Learn how businesses in the fashion and textile industry can use Oeko-Tex standards to ensure chemical safety and limit the use of harmful substances, and communicate these practices along the supply chain, including what's required to communicate on product labelling to consumers.


Kate Barry - Testex

Kate Barry is the General Manager of the TESTEX Australian / NZ branch office with over 20 years’ experience in the textile industry including raw material buying & processing, apparel sourcing & manufacturing & currently testing & certification of textiles / clothing / leather.

She joined TESTEX in 2010 & has been providing service & support to the Australian & New Zealand textile, retail & manufacturing industries in helping to meet global industry standards with the OEKO-TEX® product portfolio. She works closely with the major manufacturing markets in Asia & in Australia & New Zealand on consumer & industrial levels implementing the OEKO-TEX® system.

TESTEX is a globally operating, independent Swiss testing and certification organisation with focus on textile and leather testing. Founded in 1846 the TESTEX Group now operates more than 25 branches with more than 250 employees worldwide from its head office in Zurich. TESTEX is a member institute of the OEKO-TEX® Association and the official representative in Australia, Canada, the P.R. China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Switzerland, South Korea and Taiwan. www.testex.com/en

Julian Collins - AMBT

Julian Collins is the group sales manager - Textiles/ Apparel for AMBT Melbourne, a global leader in natural fibre performance and circular knit manufacturing for lifestyle and fashion textiles. With a diverse customer base covering local fashion retailers through to global sports and outdoor brands, such as Lululemon, Under Armour, Adidas, Country Road and Intimo. ABMT has production facilities in both Melbourne and just outside of Ningbo, China.

ABMT’s latest venture into local garment production (ABMT APPAREL) sees Julian lead a team of local merchandisers together with 3 sewing facilities, 2 print houses, a laundry and a packing site across greater Melbourne. Local responsible manufacturing remains a true passion of Julians and the last years has been exciting and rewarding by playing a small part in the comeback of Australian Made apparel.

Courtney Holm - A.BCH

Courtney Holm is the founder and creative director at A.BCH.

A.BCH is a circular fashion label on a mission to transform the way people buy, wear and discard clothing. A.BCH focuses on eliminating material and energy waste through the entire lifecycle of a garment whilst creating beautiful, design-led products for people around the world to love and enjoy. Through a unique point of view, focus on education and customer empowerment plus a hyper-transparent business model, Courtney is leading the charge in demonstrating fashion circularity and a reimagined future for the industry at large.