GOTS specifically prohibits the use of any chemical input that releases carcinogenic aryl amine compounds MAK III categories 1,2,3,4. (Section 2.3.1, excerpt below).
|Inputs (e.g. azo dyes and pigments) releasing carcinogenic arylamine compounds (MAK III, category 1,2,3,4)||Prohibited|
This includes aniline which is classified as MAK III Category 4 chemical.
GOTS recognises that even when material is produced to GOTS standards, there could be the possibility of unintended or unknown sources of contamination, which is why residue limits for certain chemicals have been specified for GOTS Goods under Section 2.4.15, see excerpt below :
Arylamines with carcinogenic properties (amine-releasing azo dyes MAK III, category 1,2,3)
Aniline (MAK III, category 4)
< 20 mg/kg
< 100 mg/kg
Test method : EN 14362-1 and -3
Worldwide, most institutions have similar views on aniline.
Aniline is known to possess slight contact sensitising potential.
There is no legal or scientific reference or study related safe limit values for aniline. However, it is logical that residual unintended limit values for aniline should be higher than those for chemicals classified under MAK III Categories 1,2 and 3. Based on these facts and discussions with experts, the GOTS Standards Committee decided to define a realistic and appropriate residue limit keeping in mind aniline’s hazard potential and practicability.
Given these circumstances, GOTS feels that their residual, unintended use limit of 100 mg/kg, with current understanding and knowledge is adequate to ensure safety of consumers and in line with its larger philosophy of sustainability.
Please download the position paper as pdf here.
GOTS will be organising a national seminar for the organic textile industry in Bangladesh on Wednesday, 23rd November 2016 at Hotel Radisson Blu Dhaka Water Garden, Bangladesh. This property is certified according to ‘The Global Hotel Security Standard’. The theme of the conference is ‘Business Case for Sustainability with Organic Textiles’.
The seminar addresses challenges and explores feasible opportunities in the field of organic textiles for Bangladesh textile industry. The August gathering of thought leaders from various walks of sustainability (including compliance, regulation, quality assurance, green chemistry, chemical management) along with media and trade associations shall contemplate on the impact of investing in social and environmental responsibilities on economic success.
Registration Form, Current Agenda and other details can be found at our webpage.
Seminar Coordinator and GOTS Representative in Bangladesh & India, Mr. Sumit Gupta can be contacted at for any further details.
We are glad to invite you again to be a part of BIOFACH INDIA together with INDIA ORGANIC 2016, going to be held in New Delhi, India from 10th to 12th November, 2016. GOTS remains pledged to increasing awareness about certified organic textiles and educating about the concerns regarding conventional textile processing.
All exhibitors and visitors are invited to meet with Mr. Sumit Gupta, GOTS Representative in India, at the GOTS Information booth to learn about opportunities in India in the field of organic textiles. Mr. Gupta will be present for three days to answer all your queries about organic textiles certification, traceability, benefits and any other related questions.
GOTS is proud to be supporting the event (annual BIOFACH INDIA together with INDIA ORGANIC) for the fifth year. It will be held at NSIC Exhibition Grounds, Okhla, New Delhi, India from 10th to 12th November, 2016. If you also wish to exhibit there, you can get in touch with Mr. Gupta:
Please download and read through Biofach India 2016 Textile Factsheet for more details.