Certifications are an important instrument for the assessment of conformity and comparability of products, services, processes, technologies or locations. They are encountered in nearly any area of economic or social life. They provide a reliable measure of safety with regard to qualitiy and compliance with corresponding standards.

Material and testing expertise combined with a scientific-technological background  are the base for the institute´s activities as certification body in it´s established fields of competences. This comprises product safety as well as ecological and environmental aspects such as the efficient use of materials and ressources. High expertise and qualified evaluation of results provide for a transparent certification process.


The LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX® is a worldwide consistent, independent testing and certification system for leather and leather articles of all levels of production. Examples of articles that can be certified are: semifinished leather products (e.g. Wet-blue, Wet-white, Crust etc.), finished leather, leather fiber material, ready made articles (garments of all types, accessories, leather gloves, leather handbags, leather covers and much more)...

ECO₂L Energy Controlled Leather - The world’s first label for energy efficiency and CO₂ emissions of a tannery

The German Leather Federation (VDL) provides with the ECO₂L label (energy controlled leather) the world’s first calculation and auditing model for determining the energy efficiency and the CO₂-emission of a tannery. ECO₂L was developed by the Forschungsgemeinschaft Leder (Leather Research Foundation) as an active contribution of a responsible leather industry towards climate protection and as a significant aspect to evaluate a sustainable leather production...