Tessile e Salute

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The Association

The Textile and Health Association was founded in 2001 in Biella, but its activity has a national significance. Since its foundation, it has combined different Subjects equally interested in designing, producing and selling textile articles, footwear and accessories that are safe for consumers : Business and Consumer Associations, Institutions, Health Authorities, Research Institutes.
Among others, the following Institutions support and collaborate with Textile and Health Association:

- Arpa
- Assocalzaturifici
- Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana (National Chamber for Italian Fashion)
- CNA

- CNR ISMAC Biella

- European Commission DG Enterprise and DG Sanco)
- Confartigianato
- Confindustria
- Federchimica

- ICE

- Istituto Superiore di Sanità (Higher Institute of Health)

- Ministero dell’Ambiente (Ministry of the Environment)
- Ministero della Salute (Ministry of Health)
- Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico (Ministry of Economic Development)

- Politecnico di Torino (Polytechnic of Turin)
- SIDAPA (Italian Society of Professional Allergy and Ambiental Dermatology)

- SITI

- SMI Sistema Moda Italia (Italy Fashion System)
- Unioncamere


It makes use of the support of National Medical Scientific Society, social partners and consumer Associations.

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2001

Foundation year

100+

Members

90+

Certified companies

5

Projects completed

Timeline

 1st International Meeting


2nd International Meeting


  • 3rd International Meeting


  • 4th International Meeting


  • 5th International Meeting.
  • Conclusion of LATT project for the establishment of a Laboratory of High Textile Technology.  Start of work in the comfort laboratory (Polytechnic of Turin & Tessile e Salute)


  • Conclusion of the project "Database of chemical substances used in the textile sector" with the Ministry of Health.
  • Management of a round table in Casa Italia at the winter olympic games of Turin 2006 entitled "Textiles and winter sports: An interactive future?".
  • Launch of the project "Establishment of a National Observatory for the evaluation of health risks from textile products" funded by the Ministry of Health.


  • Launch in collaboration with AICTC, Federchimica and Sistema Moda Italia of the REACH working group for the realization of the document "Chemical substances and their manner of use in the italian textile supply chain".
  • Launch and coordination of the UNI Working Group "Safety Requirements" for the creation of a specific textile standard.


Presentation at FILO (Milan Fair) of a program to monitor the textile production chains aimed at the future issue of a Textile and Health certification.


  • Participation in the national working group for initiatives related to the international year of natural fibers.
  • Participation in the work group of the Ministry of the Environment to define the "Green Public Procurament".
  • Delivery to the Ministry of Health and ECHA (European Chemicals Agency) of the document "Sodium dichromate, use in the textile sector: health, socio-economic and technological aspects".



  • Closing of the project "Establishment of a National Observatory for the evaluation of health risks from textile products" and delivery of the final report to the Ministry of Health.
  • Publication of the technical report UNI/TR 11359 "Safety management of textiles, clothing, footwear, leather and accessories", by UNI. It derived from the activity of the working group established in 2007.
  • Realization, in collaboration with the Piedmont Region, of the brochure "Do you know what you're wearing? Mini guide for the informed purchase of textile products", the first tool for sensitization and education aimed at the consumer.
  • Start of collaboration with the Carabinieri Corps for checking items in circulation on the market.


  • Launch of the collaboration with the Italian Chamber System and Unionfiliere for activities related to the extension of the TFashion traceability label.
  • Launch with the Ministry of Health of the project "Cognitive survey on the presence of dangerous substances in textile, leather and footwear articles".


  • Launch of the "Declaration of participation in the Textile and Health project" certification.
  • Launch of the collaboration with Confindustria in the "Technical Committee for the Protection of Made in Italy and the Fight against Counterfeiting".
  • Start of collaboration with the European Commission DG Enterprise.
  • End of the project "Cognitive survey on the presence of dangerous substances in textile, leather and footwear articles".



  • Delivery to the European Commission DG Enterprise of the report "Chemicals Substances in Textile Products and Allergic Reactions" on the basis of Article 25 of Regulation 1007/2011 on the labeling of textiles.
  • Speech at the Fourth National Conference on the REACH Regulation (Rome).
  • Speech at the 82 ° IWTO Congress with the presentation of a project for the standardization of the international eco toxicological requirements for wool products.
  • Number of Certified Companies: 18.



  • Delivery to the IWTO of the "Chemical Risk in 100% Wool Textiles" study.
  • Awarding of a national tender of the Ministry of Economic Development and of the ICE for the realization of the study "Comparative analysis between Europe and the United States of the Eco-Toxicological Standards in the textile, clothing, leather / footwear, footwear sectors".
  • Start of collaboration with the Italian National Chamber of Fashion for the implementation of National Eco-Toxicological Guidelines.
  • Number of Certified Companies: 23.




  • Delivery to the Ministry of Economic Development and the ICE of the study "Comparative analysis between Europe and the United States of the Eco-Toxicological Standards in the textile, clothing, leather / footwear, footwear sectors"
  • Number of certified companies: 60.


  • Publication and presentation to the Senate of the Republic of the 'Guidelines on eco-toxicological requirements for articles of clothing, leather goods, footwear and accessories' of the National Chamber of Italian Fashion, in collaboration with SMI-Italy Fashion System and with the contribution of Federchimica and UNIC-Unione Nazionale Industria Conciaria (National Union of Tanning Industry). 
  • Start of work for the drafting of the 'Guidelines on eco-toxicological requirements for chemical mixtures and industrial discharges of manufacturing companies'.
  • Speech at the Fifth National Conference on the REACH Regulation (Rome).
  • Speech at the National Conference on Environmental Education and Sustainable Development, organized by the Ministry of Environment and by ISPRA-Higher Institute for Environmental Protection and Research.
  • Number of certified companies: 68





  • Start of supply chain monitoring of some important brands.
  • Technical coordination for the 'Chemical Sustainability' section at the first International Round Table on Sustainability, organized by the Italian National Chamber of Fashion with Italian and foreign luxury brands.
  • Number of certified companies: 76.

2018

2001

 1st International Meeting

2002


2nd International Meeting

2003


  • 3rd International Meeting
2004


  • 4th International Meeting
2005


  • 5th International Meeting.
  • Conclusion of LATT project for the establishment of a Laboratory of High Textile Technology.  Start of work in the comfort laboratory (Polytechnic of Turin & Tessile e Salute)
2006


  • Conclusion of the project "Database of chemical substances used in the textile sector" with the Ministry of Health.
  • Management of a round table in Casa Italia at the winter olympic games of Turin 2006 entitled "Textiles and winter sports: An interactive future?".
  • Launch of the project "Establishment of a National Observatory for the evaluation of health risks from textile products" funded by the Ministry of Health.
2007


  • Launch in collaboration with AICTC, Federchimica and Sistema Moda Italia of the REACH working group for the realization of the document "Chemical substances and their manner of use in the italian textile supply chain".
  • Launch and coordination of the UNI Working Group "Safety Requirements" for the creation of a specific textile standard.

2008


Presentation at FILO (Milan Fair) of a program to monitor the textile production chains aimed at the future issue of a Textile and Health certification.

2009


  • Participation in the national working group for initiatives related to the international year of natural fibers.
  • Participation in the work group of the Ministry of the Environment to define the "Green Public Procurament".
  • Delivery to the Ministry of Health and ECHA (European Chemicals Agency) of the document "Sodium dichromate, use in the textile sector: health, socio-economic and technological aspects".


2010


  • Closing of the project "Establishment of a National Observatory for the evaluation of health risks from textile products" and delivery of the final report to the Ministry of Health.
  • Publication of the technical report UNI/TR 11359 "Safety management of textiles, clothing, footwear, leather and accessories", by UNI. It derived from the activity of the working group established in 2007.
  • Realization, in collaboration with the Piedmont Region, of the brochure "Do you know what you're wearing? Mini guide for the informed purchase of textile products", the first tool for sensitization and education aimed at the consumer.
  • Start of collaboration with the Carabinieri Corps for checking items in circulation on the market.
2011


  • Launch of the collaboration with the Italian Chamber System and Unionfiliere for activities related to the extension of the TFashion traceability label.
  • Launch with the Ministry of Health of the project "Cognitive survey on the presence of dangerous substances in textile, leather and footwear articles".
2012


  • Launch of the "Declaration of participation in the Textile and Health project" certification.
  • Launch of the collaboration with Confindustria in the "Technical Committee for the Protection of Made in Italy and the Fight against Counterfeiting".
  • Start of collaboration with the European Commission DG Enterprise.
  • End of the project "Cognitive survey on the presence of dangerous substances in textile, leather and footwear articles".


2013


  • Delivery to the European Commission DG Enterprise of the report "Chemicals Substances in Textile Products and Allergic Reactions" on the basis of Article 25 of Regulation 1007/2011 on the labeling of textiles.
  • Speech at the Fourth National Conference on the REACH Regulation (Rome).
  • Speech at the 82 ° IWTO Congress with the presentation of a project for the standardization of the international eco toxicological requirements for wool products.
  • Number of Certified Companies: 18.


2014


  • Delivery to the IWTO of the "Chemical Risk in 100% Wool Textiles" study.
  • Awarding of a national tender of the Ministry of Economic Development and of the ICE for the realization of the study "Comparative analysis between Europe and the United States of the Eco-Toxicological Standards in the textile, clothing, leather / footwear, footwear sectors".
  • Start of collaboration with the Italian National Chamber of Fashion for the implementation of National Eco-Toxicological Guidelines.
  • Number of Certified Companies: 23.



2015


  • Delivery to the Ministry of Economic Development and the ICE of the study "Comparative analysis between Europe and the United States of the Eco-Toxicological Standards in the textile, clothing, leather / footwear, footwear sectors"
  • Number of certified companies: 60.

2016


  • Publication and presentation to the Senate of the Republic of the 'Guidelines on eco-toxicological requirements for articles of clothing, leather goods, footwear and accessories' of the National Chamber of Italian Fashion, in collaboration with SMI-Italy Fashion System and with the contribution of Federchimica and UNIC-Unione Nazionale Industria Conciaria (National Union of Tanning Industry). 
  • Start of work for the drafting of the 'Guidelines on eco-toxicological requirements for chemical mixtures and industrial discharges of manufacturing companies'.
  • Speech at the Fifth National Conference on the REACH Regulation (Rome).
  • Speech at the National Conference on Environmental Education and Sustainable Development, organized by the Ministry of Environment and by ISPRA-Higher Institute for Environmental Protection and Research.
  • Number of certified companies: 68




2017


  • Start of supply chain monitoring of some important brands.
  • Technical coordination for the 'Chemical Sustainability' section at the first International Round Table on Sustainability, organized by the Italian National Chamber of Fashion with Italian and foreign luxury brands.
  • Number of certified companies: 76.
2018

2018

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