Quality, safety, environment… Every member of the Group is involved in the improvement of their management systems on a daily basis.
The PROTEX INTERNATIONAL quality management system has been awarded the ISO 9001 standard since 2003.
In 2018, the Group was certified ISO 9001 v. 2015.
This certification guarantees our clients uniformity in the quality of our products and services.
The European REACH regulations – meaning “Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals” – came into effect in 2007 to secure the manufacture and use of chemical substances in European industry. These regulations provide the legal and technical resources needed to guarantee good protection for everybody from the risks associated with chemical products.
As an industrial company responsible for managing the risks arising from chemical substances and for distributing safety information to users, all of the products sold by PROTEX INTERNATIONAL are in line with the REACH regulations.
This is a German certification which tests materials coming into contact with food products. Thanks to the level required, it has been extended to all European countries. Classed according to category, all of the components in the raw materials must be registered in the German Health Department’s and EC lists for approval for food contact. Migration tests are conducted, and their results are used to assess BfR compliance: from indirect food contact to direct contact with fresh meat.
The aim of this certification is to motivate suppliers, manufacturers and major brands to reduce the overall footprint of their textiles, in particular in terms of the chemical products they use. As such, strict checks are run on the type and composition of the products used, the production method and the waste products created by them.
EC regulation N°2003/2003 from the European Parliament and Council from the 13 October 2003, relating to fertilisers and to the EC Fertiliser standard applicable to metal chelates and micro-nutrients.
EU regulation n°223/2012 from the European Commission from the 14 March 2012, modifying EC regulation n°2003/2003 from the European Parliament and Council relating to fertilisers, in view of adapting appendices I and IV to technical progress made.
EC Regulation N°834/2007 from the European Council on the 28 June 2007 concerning organic farming and organic product labelling, a standard applicable to all inputs used in organic farming.
Ecocert certification, relating to the authorised use of our chelates in organic farms (AB).
These environmental requirements for paper production are an essential part of our overall environmental strategy: these include the various steps in the life cycle of paper, energy consumption, gas emissions, fibre origin and forest management.
Our Group is committed to promoting the design, production and marketing of products for the paper industry which have the lowest environmental impact throughout their life cycle.
FDA – FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION
The Food and Drug Administration approves materials for food contact. As packaging is considered a food additive and is regulated as such, SYNTHRON has taken measures to ensure that their paper-sector products adhere to these regulations.
GMP – GOOD MANUFACTURING PRACTICES
Good manufacturing practices (BPF or GMPE) 2014/1 bis part 1 for the manufacture of pharmaceutical carriers
Good cosmetics manufacturing practices for the manufacture of ingredients or finished products used in cosmetics.
This stands for the Global Organic Textile Standard. This covers every stage of the textile transformation process. The raw fibres must be certified organic, and the entire production process must adhere to a set of environmental and social criteria. Two levels of certification are available, depending on the composition of the product in question. Organic textiles must contain at least 95% organically farmed fibres, with no more than 5% synthetic or artificial fibres. Organic-based textiles must contain at least 70% organically farmed fibres, with no more than 10% synthetic or artificial fibres. This is increased to 25% for foot- or sportswear, and 30% for recycled, biological or eco-sourced fibres. The chemical products used in the process must be approved in terms of their type and their environmental impact.
The selection of auxiliaries, colourings and pigments is a major issue and determines compliance with the Inditex product health policy. Each factory which works for Inditex must meet the “Clear to Wear” standard (CTW) and the “Manufacturing Restricted Substances List” (MRSL). To facilitate the selection of auxiliaries, colourings and pigments, Inditex has developed “The List”, a list of chemicals used in the textile and leather production process. This is based on the technical skills of their suppliers, who are classified according to how well they comply with the CTW requirements.
For medical devices.
For medical system sterilisation processes using high-humidity heat.
NF U 42-002 standard: fertilisers with a declared micro-nutrient content, intended for soil application.
NF U 42-003 standard: fertilisers with a declared micro-nutrient content, intended for leaf spray application.
NF U 44-204 standard: for fertilising materials with agronomic additives (fertilisers, basic mineral improvers, basic-fertiliser mineral improvers and organic improvers).
This is an official Scandinavian environmental label which takes into account a product’s impact throughout its lifetime, from the raw materials used in its production to product recycling, and PROTEX INTERNATIONAL is firmly committed to their objectives too.
This was the first label, created by an independent German association, to guarantee the human and environmental qualities of textiles, certifying them free of any products which are harmful to people or the environment. Products are listed from class I to IV according to their potential for use without risk: children, adult, skin contact…
UAB – USABLE IN ORGANIC FARMING
Products which can be used in organic farms (UAB).
ZDHC: in 2011, 6 textile brands came together to form the ZDHC programme, which aims to catalyse positive changes in the textile industry and reduce the release of hazardous chemicals to zero. This is based on several basic principles such as transparency, preventive measures integrated into the chemical product management system, and factual decision-making which provides long-term solutions. Today, there are 19 sports, fashion and outdoor brands working with the ZDHC programme to guide the industry towards greater environmental responsibility, and to help make improvements to the supply chain.