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The Ecological and Toxicological Association of Dyes and Organic Pigment Manufacturers (ETAD) Code of Ethics

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The Ecological and Toxicological Association of Dyes and Organic Pigments Manufacturers (ETAD)


Apparel/Footwear/Outdoor Industry; Furniture; Health & Beauty, Cosmetics, Pharmacy; Paints & Coatings; Textiles; Toys

ETAD is a membership organization that was developed to coordinate member efforts to minimize the adverse impacts of dyes and organic pigments on health and the environment. ETAD member companies adhere to the ETAD Code of Ethics which includes not only compliance with all national and international chemical regulations, but a commitment not to manufacture or sell "dyes identified as hazardous by regulation or classification by expert bodies". Many brands and retailers use RSLs to ensure the safety of their textile supply chain, and use ETAD to offer their consumers a third-party guarantee of safety.

What Is Evaluated?

Focus Impacts
  • Chemicals
  • Materials
  • Products
  • Companies
    • Ecological health
    • Human health
    • Social responsibility
    • Materials efficiency
    • Energy use


ETAD members pledge to develop, produce, and distribute products in a responsible manner that protects human health and the environment from unacceptable risks during manufacture, transport, use, and disposal. A primary objective of the ETAD Code of Ethics is to ensure that customers in countries with less stringent requirements get the same hazard information about chemical substances that is made available to their counterparts in countries with more comprehensive regulations. ETAD has generated a database of chemicals produced by its member companies and has developed guidelines to reduce exposure for workers. Annex A and Annex B of the Code of Ethics define which dyes cannot be manufactured and sold by ETAD members.


Not applicable


Available free of charge upon request

Examples of Retailers That Use It

H&M, Levis and Marks & Spencer recommend their suppliers use colorants from ETAD member companies

For More Information

+41 61 690 99 66 or contact via web form: www.etad.com/lang-en/contact-us.html

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