For the first time, the OEKO-TEX Association is introducing a standard for the leather sector. The first certifications are being carried out with the sheepskin producers G.L. Bowron and Gerberei Hofbrucker, as well as with the retail chain LIDL. Additional certificates will be granted soon. As of January 2017, the association is inspecting and certifying leather products including all types of clothing, leather shoes and upholstery materials, as well as products that are a mixture of textiles and leather. Key statutory regulations as well as numerous chemicals that are harmful to health are covered, even if they have not yet been legally regulated.