On-site inspection and certification of processors, manufacturers and traders performed by independent specially accredited bodies is the basis of the GOTS monitoring system in order to provide a credible assurance for the integrity of GOTS certified textiles.
This section informs textile processing, manufacturing and trading entities how to apply for certification according to the Global Organic Textile Standard, how they can use their certification and key components of the applicable inspection procedure.
This section lists the 18 certification bodies that are currently approved to certify entities of the textile supply chain and their products according to GOTS. In principle all certifiers can offer their GOTS certification services in their approved scopes worldwide. The certifiers are listed with their headquarters addresses. Contact details of any local offices or representatives that can provide information with regard to GOTS certification and countries in which they have certified GOTS clients are also listed. The approved scopes (1,2,3) indicate the type of entities in the textile supply chain for which each certifier can offer certification as well as whether the certifier is entitled to issue lists of approved inputs (positive lists) to suppliers of the chemical industry (scope 4).
Chemical inputs used by textile processors must comply with the corresponding GOTS criteria. Accordingly manufacturers and suppliers of dyestuffs, pigments and auxiliary agents can get their products approved on corresponding 'letters of approval' issued by certifiers who have been approved for this specific task.
Certification bodies must demonstrate their qualification and expertise in the field of organic textile quality assurance prior to their approval in an accreditation process specifically developed for GOTS. Accreditation is conducted by valid accreditation body such as the main partner for this process, International Organic Accreditation Services (IOAS). GOTS approved certifiers must adhere to defined requirements related to qualification of staff, advanced training, content of their inspection protocol and other related quality aspects.
In a joint initiative the Global Organic Textile Standard International Working Group (IWG) and Textile Exchange (TE) developed harmonised policies and templates for transaction and scope certificates.