On October 8th, 2021 the IOAS took the decision to suspend Istituto per la Certificazione Etica e Ambientale (ICEA) ’s Textile Exchange and GOTS (categories 1-3) accreditation. Following an unsuccessful appeal on December 13th this decision has been upheld.
ICEA remains accredited for GOTS category 4 – the approval of textile auxiliary agents (chemical inputs) on positive lists and under the COR, COSMOS, EU and ISO/IEC 17065 schemes.
Please see our website page for full details of ICEA’s current accreditations Istituto per la Certificazione Etica e Ambientale (ICEA) – IOAS.
ICEA has been invited to take corrective actions to enable IOAS to lift the suspension. Whilst the suspension is in effect ICEA is not permitted to accept new applications or extend the scope of certificates but is required to maintain surveillance on existing certificate holders.
Any operations, certification bodies and authorities that relied on these accreditations are asked to take note.