Last Updated: Tuesday, 23 May 2017 22:54
The new version of GOTS is a result of a comprehensive stakeholder input process in which various organizations with expertise in organic production, textile processing and social criteria participated. It follows the overall approach of GOTS to define high level verifiable environmental criteria throughout the entire processing chain of apparel and home textiles (including spinning, knitting, weaving, wet processing, manufacturing, and trading) made from a minimum of 70% certified organic fibres and requiring social criteria while still providing for a practical set of requirements that is technically achievable even in large scale industrial textile production and for mass market brands and retailers in order to achieve a considerable environmental and social impact in the textile industry.
The implementation deadline for GOTS certified entities to fully comply with Version 5.0 is 1 March 2018.
The GOTS Version 5.0 is available for download here: GOTS Version 5.0
The Manual for Implementation Version 5.0 is available for download here: Implementation Manual Version 5.0
Translations of GOTS Version 5.0 will be progressively made available in different languages in our downloads section. The English language Standard will remain the primary operative and decisive document in cases of any variance in translation.
A document that lists a summary of the changes from GOTS Standard Version 4.0 to GOTS Standard Version 5.0 is available for download here : List of Relevant Changes
This document provides a summary, but not details, of changes and should be considered only as supporting material to the Standard and Manual themselves. Binding changes are those contained in these two documents.
GOTS Version 4.0 is still available in our download section (languages English, Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish).