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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 53832 Part 2 1987 as required
Friction coefficient according to Zweigle μ-Meter G530 0,12-0,18
Tearing strength






according to Zwick breaking test






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 as required
Colour deviation colorimetry / formula M+S 89 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 multi-fibre-stripe

DIN EN ISO 105 E01



light colours
dark colours

5
4
Colour fastness to rubbing
dry rubbing

wet rubbing


DIN EN ISO 105 X12



cotton / cellulose / silk and its blends
miscellaneous fibres

light colours
dark colours
light colours
dark colours
dark colours

5
4
4
2-3
3-4
Colourfastness to sweat
alkaline
acid
DIN EN ISO 105 E04



3-4
3-4
Colour fastness to saliva

Öko-Tex Standard 201 M-9-A
2014/01
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 requirement7
Physical characteristics
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
Change of colour shade colorimetry / formula M+S 89 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
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 heavy water
Staining of multi-fibre-stripe

DIN EN ISO 105 E01



light colours
dark colours

5
4
Colour fastness to rubbing
dry rubbing

wet rubbing


DIN EN ISO 105 X12



cotton / cellulose / silk and its blends
miscellaneous fibres

light colours
dark colours
light colours
dark colours
dark colours

5
4
4
2-3
3-4
Colourfastness 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
2014/01
Class I: 4-5
Class II: 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

7Test 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 requirement7
Physical characteristics
Pilling Martindale (from 40 den) DIN EN ISO 12945-2 - 5.000 turns grade 3
Change of colour shade Colorimetry / formula CIEL 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 heavy water
Staining of multi-fibre-stripe

DIN EN ISO 105 E01



light colours
dark colours

5
4
Colour fastness to rubbing
dry rubbing

wet rubbing


DIN EN ISO 105 X12



cotton / cellulose / silk and its blends
miscellaneous fibres

light colours
dark colours
light colours
dark colours
dark colours

5
4
4
2-3
3-4
Colourfastness 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


Test criteria Test method Internal specification Minimum requirement7
Physical characteristics
ICI Pilling Martindale DIN EN ISO 12945-2, 5.000 turns 3
Change of colour shade 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 Total shrinkage after several treatments max. 2% +/- 2%
Shrinkage after dry-cleaning table measurement Total shrinkage after several treatments max. 2% +/- 2%
Shrinkage after tumbling table measurement Total shrinkage after several treatments max. 2% +/- 2%
Size of garment according to measurement chart table measurement +/- 2%
Twist of seam max. 5%
Visual appearance after washing
Embroidery, print, ornament
Any caused thread ends
Contrast colour test (black / white, red / white ...)

visual
visual



no significant change should be visible
none
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 heavy water
Staining of multi-fibre-stripe

DIN EN ISO 105 E01



light colours
dark colours

5
4
Colour fastness to rubbing
dry rubbing

wet rubbing


DIN EN ISO 105 X12



cotton / cellulose / silk and its blends
miscellaneous fibres

light colours
dark colours
light colours
dark colours
dark colours

5
4
4
2-3
3-4
Colourfastness 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 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 requirement7
Physical characteristics
ICI Pilling Martindale DIN EN ISO 12945-2, 2.000 turns 3-4
Change of colour shade 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 Total shrinkage after several treatments max. 2% +/- 2%
Shrinkage after dry-cleaning table measurement Total shrinkage after several treatments max. 2% +/- 2%
Shrinkage after tumbling table measurement Total shrinkage after several treatments max. 2% +/- 2%
Size of garment according to measurement chart table measurement +/- 2%
Visual appearance after washing
Embroidery, print, ornament
Any caused thread ends
Contrast colour test (black / white, red / white ...)

visual
visual



no significant change should be visible
none
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 heavy water
Staining of multi-fibre-stripe

DIN EN ISO 105 E01



light colours
dark colours

5
4
Colour fastness to rubbing
dry rubbing

wet rubbing


DIN EN ISO 105 X12



cotton / cellulose / silk and its blends
miscellaneous fibres

light colours
dark colours
light colours
dark colours
dark colours

5
4
4
2-3
3-4
Colourfastness to sweat
alkaline
acid
DIN EN ISO 105 E04



3-4
3-4
Colour fastness to saliva

Öko-Tex Standard 201 M-9-A
2014/01
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 CaregoraTM
Mulesing free Wool must be from mulesing free production

Prohibited substances8


Substance Limit Test method Limit of determination Comments
pH-value9 4,0 - 7,5 ISO 3071 (KCI dissolution)
Biological active products
none With except for treatments accepted by Öko-Tex.For reference: www. Oekotex.de
Flame retardant products
General none10 With except for treatments accepted by Öko-Tex.

Determination of odours
General no abnormal odour With reference to SNV 195 651 No odour from mould, high boiling fraction of petrol, fish, aromatic hydrocarbons or perfume.
SNV 195 651 modified 3
Banned fibres
Asbestos / Asbest not used Polarisation-microscopic testing at least 250-times magnified

8   References: Oeko-Tex Standard 100, annex4, edition 02.2017
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


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 01/2018 (status 02/01/2018).

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 (dated 15.01.2019) 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