GOTS is the leading set of norms in the field of organic textile processing and its logo is appearing widely on organic textile products around the world. The standard requires all raw materials to be certified organic to a recognised international or national standard but the GOTS standard itself deals only with post production requirements.
Certification bodies may choose amongst four scope categories as follows:
- Certification of mechanical textile processing and manufacturing operations and their products;
- Certification of wet processing and finishing operations and their products;
- Certification of trading operations and related products;
- Approval of textile auxiliary agents (chemical inputs) on positive lists.
The IOAS is the main cooperating partner with GOTS which recognises our specialisation in organic accreditation and worldwide experience.
The IWG of GOTS has established four key documents that provide the requirements and procedures for certification to the GOTS standard.
The GOTS standard itself must be applied by GOTS operators and verified by the certification body. The standard covers processing practices, inputs and requirements on environmental management, social justice and safety.
Certification bodies are themselves assessed against the GOTS Approval Procedure and Requirements for Certification Bodies which is an adaptation of the International Requirements for Organic Certification Bodies. Applicant certification bodies must already hold an accreditation against ISO/IEC 17065 for any standard before they may apply.
The GOTS Implementation Manual provides guidance on various aspects of the standard and requirements for certification.
The fourth document is the GOTS Licensing and Labelling Guide which sets out requirements for product labelling and use of the GOTS logo and license fees payable to GOTS.
First steps in accreditation are as follows:
An application form and fee be sent to the Global Standard Technical Director. Only after acceptance by GOTS may the certification body apply to the IOAS
- Complete the standard IOAS application form
The IOAS Global Organic Textile Standard Operating Manual provides full guidance on implementation of this scheme.