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FALKE Quality Guideline

Preamble to the FALKE Quality Guideline


As a manufacturer of high class products FALKE offers premium design of finest quality.

The FALKE Quality Guideline stipulates the overall quality requirements for implementing such quality standards and consequently has to be applied not only for all FALKE products but also for all pre-products.

As an integral part of the FALKE Purchase Conditions the FALKE Quality Guideline is legally binding to all suppliers unless otherwise agreed in writing. The latter also holds true for up-dated versions which will be sent to you on a regular basis in order to introduce recent know-how into the FALKE Quality Guideline.

Minimum requirement - Yarns

Test criteria Test method Internal specification Minimum requirement
Physical characteristics

Yarn count

 

 

+/- 5%

Evenness

Uster

 

as required

Yarn twist

DIN EN ISO 2061

 

as required

Friction coefficient

according to Zweigle µ-Meter G530

 

0,12 - 0,18

Tearing strength

DIN EN ISO 2062

 

wool > 4 cN/tex
wool / polyamide > 6 cN/tex
cotton > 10 cN/tex
silk > 12 cN/tex
polyamide > 30 cN/tex
polyacrylics > 10 cN/tex
polypropylene > 20 cN/tex

Conditioning / Residual moisture

DIN 53800-1 / DIN 53800-2

 

as required

Colour deviation

colorimetry / formula M+S 89 (CIEL / CMC)

 

ΔE <1,0

Colour fastness Evaluation in compliance with grey intensity

Colour fastness to washing

Staining of multi-fibre-stripe
Change of colour shade

DIN EN ISO 105 C06

CO 60° C / WO 40° C / PES 60° C / PA 50°C / PAN 40°C

 

3 - 4
4

Colour fastness to water heavy
Staining of single fibre fabric

DIN EN ISO 105 E01

light colours
dark colours

5
4

Colour fastness to rubbing
dry rubbing

DIN EN ISO 105 X12

light colours
dark colours

5
4

wet rubbing

cotton / cellulose / silk and its blends
Miscellaneous fibres

light colours
dark colours
dark colours

4
2 -3
3 - 4

Colour fastness to sweat
alkaline
acid

DIN EN ISO 105 E04

 

3 - 4
3 - 4

Colour fastness to saliva and perspiration

Öko-Tex Standard 201 M-9-A 2014

 

 

4 - 5

Colour fastness to light

DIN EN ISO 105-B02

brilliant colours
other colours

3 - 4
4

Minimum requirement – Knitted socks / tights

Test criteria

Test method

Internal specification

Minimum requirement[1]

Class I

Class II

Physical characteristics

 

 

 

 

ICI Pilling Martindale

DIN EN ISO 12945-2, 2.000 turns

 

3 - 4

Abrasion resistance / Martindale

DIN EN ISO 13770

until hole is caused

20.000

Colour deviation

colorimetry / formula M+S 89 (CIEL/ CMC)

 

ΔE <1,0

Using characeristics

 

 

 

Shrinkage after washing according to care labeling

according to stretch rate

 

max. 3%

Visual appearance after washing
Embroidery, print, ornament

visual

 

no significant change
should be visible

Any caused thread ends

visual

 

none

Colour fastness of final product

Evaluation in compliance with grey intensity

 

 

Colour fastness to washing

DIN EN ISO 105 C06

 

 

Staining of multi-fibre-stripe
Change of colour shade

CO 60° C / WO 40° C / PES 60° C / PA 50°C / PAN 40°C

 

3 - 4
4

Colour fastness to water heavy
Staining of single fibre fabric

DIN EN ISO 105 E01

light colours
dark colours

5
4

Colour fastness to rubbing
dry rubbing

DIN EN ISO 105 X12

light colours
dark colours

5
4

wet rubbing

Cotton / cellulose / silk and its blends
Miscellaneous fibres

light colours
dark colours
dark colours

4
2 - 3
3 - 4

Colour fastness to sweat
alkaline
acid

DIN EN ISO 105 E04

 

3 - 4
3 - 4

Colour fastness to saliva and perspiration

Öko-Tex Standard 201 M-9-A 2014

 

 

4 - 5

not used

Colour fastness to light

DIN EN ISO 105-B02

brilliant colours
other colours

3 - 4
4

Yellowing

DIN EN ISO 105 X18

 

4


[1] Test class II is valid for ladies and gents piece dyed items, otherwise valid Oeko-Tex Standard I

 

Minimum requirement – Fine hosiery

Test criteria

Test method

Internal specification

Minimum requirement

Physical characteristics

 

 

 

ICI Pilling Martindale (from 40 den)

DIN EN ISO 12945-2 – 250/ 500/ 1,000  T for article 40110/112

 

1,000 T grade 3

Colour deviation

Colorimetry / formula CIEL / CMC

 

ΔE <1,0

Using characeristics

 

 

 

Shrinkage after washing according to care labeling

according to stretch rate

 

max. 5%

Visual appearance after washing
Embroidery, print, ornament

visual

 

no significant change should be visible

Any caused thread ends

visual

 

none

Colour fastness of final product

Evaluation in compliance with grey intensity

 

 

Colour fastness to washing
Staining of multi-fibre-stripe
Change of colour shade

DIN EN ISO 105 C06
CO 60° C / WO 40° C / PES 60° C / PA 50°C / PAN 40°C

 

3 - 4
4

Colour fastness to water heavy
Staining of multi-fibre-stripe

DIN EN ISO 105 E01

light colours
dark colours

5
4

Colour fastness to rubbing
dry rubbing

DIN EN ISO 105 X12

light colours
dark colours

5
4

wet rubbing

Cotton / cellulose / silk and its blends
Miscellaneous fibres

light colours
dark colours
dark colours

4
2 - 3
3 - 4

Colour fastness to sweat
alkaline
acid

DIN EN ISO 105 E04

 

3 - 4
3 - 4

Colour fastness to saliva

Öko-Tex Standard 201 M-9-A

DIN V53160-1 10/2002 / BVLB 8210-06/1985

 

5

Colour fastness to light

DIN EN ISO 105-B02

brilliant colours
other colours

3 - 4
4

Yellowing

 

DIN EN ISO 105 X18

 

4

 

Minimum requirement – Apparel / Seamless / cut & sew

Test criteria

Test method

Internal specification

Minimum requirement

Physical characteristics

 

 

 

ICI Pilling Martindale

DIN EN ISO 12945-2, 5.000 turns

 

3

Colour deviation

colorimetry / formula CIEL

 

ΔE <1,0

Using characeristics

 

 

 

Shrinkage after washing according to care labeling

table measurement

Total shrinkage after several treatments max. 2%

+/- 2%

Shrinkage after steaming

table measurement

+/- 2%

Shrinkage after dry-cleaning

table measurement

+/- 2%

Shrinkage after tumbling

table measurement

+/- 2%

Size of garment according to measurement chart

table measurement

 

+/- 2%

Twist of seam

 

 

max. 5%

Visual appearance after washing
Embroidery, print, ornament

visual

 

no significant change should be visible

Any caused thread ends

visual

 

none

Contrast colour test (black / white, red / white ...)

 

 

no significant change should be visible

Colour fastness of final product

Evaluation in compliance with grey intensity

 

 

Colour fastness to washing
Staining of multi-fibre-stripe
Change of colour shade

DIN EN ISO 105 C06
CO 60° C / WO 40° C / PES 60° C / PA 50°C / PAN 40°C

 

4
4

Colour fastness to water heavy
Staining of multi-fibre-stripe

DIN EN ISO 105 E01

light colours
dark colours

5
4

Colour fastness to rubbing
dry rubbing

DIN EN ISO 105 X12

light colours
dark colours

5
4

wet rubbing

Cotton / cellulose / silk and its blends
Misceallaneous fibres

light colours
dark colours
dark colours

4
2 - 3
3 - 4

Colour fastness to sweat
alkaline
acid

DIN EN ISO 105 E04

 

3 - 4
3 - 4

Colour fastness to saliva and perspiration

Öko-Tex Standard 201 M-9-A

DIN V53160-1 10/2002 / BVLB 8210-06/1985

 

5

Colour fastness to light

DIN EN ISO 105-B02

billiant colours

5

Yellowing

DIN EN ISO 105 X18

 

4

Colour fastness to solvents / dry-cleaning

DIN EN ISO 105 D01

 

4

Minimum requirement – Accessoires

Test criteria

Test method

Internal specification

Minimum requirement

Physical characteristics

 

 

 

ICI Pilling Martindale

DIN EN ISO 12945-2, 2.000 turns

 

3-4

Colour deviation

colorimetry / formula CIEL / CMC

 

ΔE <1,0

Using characteristics

 

 

 

Shrinkage after washing according to care labeling

table measurement

Total shrinkage after several treatments max. 2%

+/- 2%

Shrinkage after steaming

table measurement

+/- 2%

Shrinkage after dry-cleaning

table measurement

+/- 2%

Shrinkage after tumbling

table measurement

+/- 2%

Size of garment according to measurement chart

table measurement

 

+/- 2%

Visual appearance after washing
Embroidery, print, ornament

visual

 

no significant change should be visible

Any caused thread ends

visual

 

none

Contrast colour test (black / white, red / white ...)

 

 

no significant change should be visible

Colour fastness of final product

Evaluation in compliance with grey intensity

 

 

Colour fastness to washing
Staining of multi-fibre-stripe
Change of colour shade

DIN EN ISO 105 C06
CO 60° C / WO 40° C / PES 60° C / PA 50°C / PAN 40°C

 

4
4

Colour fastness to water heavy
Staining of multi-fibre-stripe

DIN EN ISO 105 E01

light colours
dark colours
5
4

Colour fastness to rubbing
dry rubbing

DIN EN ISO 105 X12

light colours
dark colours
5
4

wet rubbing

cotton / cellulose / silk und its blends
Misceallaneous fibres

light colours
dark colours
dark colours

4
2 - 3
3 - 4

Colour fastness to sweat
alkaline
acid

DIN EN ISO 105 E04

 

3 - 4
3 - 4

Colour fastness to saliva and perspiration

Öko-Tex Standard 201 M-9-A

 

4 - 5

Colour fastness to light

DIN EN ISO 105-B02

brilliant colours

5

Yellowing

DIN EN ISO 105 X18

 

4

Colour fastness to solvents / dry-cleaning

DIN EN ISO 105 D01

 

4

Animal protection

Material

Compliance with the following guidelines

Sheep wool

IWTO Guidelines for Wool Sheep Welfare 2013

Angora wool

Certification to Caregora TM

Mulesing free

Wool must be from mulesing free production. Recycled wool is excluded as there is no qualification/certification standard yet.

 

Prohibited substances8

Substance

Limit

Test method

Limit of determination

Comments

Class I

Class II

pH-value[1]

4,0 - 7,5

ISO 3071 (KCI dissolution)

 

 

Biological active products

 

none

 

 With except for treatments accepted by Öko-Tex.For reference:

http://www.oeko-tex.com

Flame retardant products

General

none[2]

 

With except for treatments accepted by Öko-Tex.

http://www.oeko-tex.com

 

 

Determination of odours

General

no abnormal odour11

With reference to SNV 195 651

 

No odour from mould, high boiling fraction of petrol, fish, aromatic hydrocarbons or perfume

SNV 195 651 modified12

3

 

 

 

Banned fibres

Asbestos / Asbest

not used

Polarisation-microscopic testing at least 250-times magnified

 

 

 

For all other prohibited substances see attachment „FALKE Schadstoffanforderungen für Erzeugnisse (RSL)“ - FALKE restricted substances list (RSL). Colum Oekotex class 1 (Standard 100 attachment 4), shall be valid unless otherwise expressly agreed.

Further details of these testing methods can be found under the published statement “Testing procedures” of Öko-Tex, Edition 01/2021 (status 01/2021).

 

8 References: Oeko-Tex Standard 100, annex4, edition 01.2021

9 Exceptions for products which must be treated wet during the further processing: 4.0-10.5; for foams:4.0-9.0;

10 Accepted flame retardant products do not contain any of the banned flame retardant substances listed in Appendix as active agent

11 No odour from mould, high boiling fraction of petrol, fish, aromatic hydrocarbons or perfume

12 Odour test just on textile floor coverings, mattresses, fomas and large coated articles not being used for clothing

Substances of Very High Concern


For SVHC (Substances of Very High Concern) according to the REACH candidate list, the supplier is obliged by law at a level in excess of 0.1% w/w to submit this information. (Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 Article 33 and Annex XIV).

 

For articles and any parts thereof (def. of article acc. REACh) and its packaging shall apply: These do not contain

  • more than 0,1% (w/w) of a substance registered in the list of candidates (current status) in accordance with Article 59 (1)
  • forbidden substances according to annex XVII over allowed limits
  • substances subject to authorisation according to annex XIV

of the regulation (EG) No. 1907/2006 (“REACH”) (see internet address of the European Chemical Agency (EChA) http://echa.europa.eu/).

 

SVHC substances, see:

https://echa.europa.eu/de/candidate-list-table