The Manual for the Implementation of the Global Organic Textile Standard provides interpretations and clarifications for specific criteria of the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and related publications (e.g. the Licensing and Labelling Guide) approved by the Standards Committee. This Manual is intended to prevent any inconsistent, inappropriate or incorrect interpretation of the standard and also contains requirements and detailed specifications for the application of the GOTS and the implementation of the related quality assurance system for certifiers.
The Manual represents a flexible quality assurance tool of the Standards Committee to provide advice and clarification to the GOTS Approved Certifiers and users of GOTS and can be updated as needed without going through a formal standard revision procedure. The interpretations, corrections and further clarifications as provided in this document are binding for all approved GOTS certifiers and users of the GOTS.
The currently valid issue of the Manual for the Implementation of GOTS was released alongside with GOTS Version 5.0 on 1st March 2017 and is available for download in PDF format here : Implementation Manual v 5.0
The previous version of the Manual for the Implementation of GOTS (issue of 1st March 2014) is still available in further languages (English, Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish) in our download section. Translations of the current version will be arranged in due course.