Last Updated on Monday, 20 February 2017 08:38
GOTS version 4.0 is due for revision in the current year leading to a revised standard, GOTS Version 5.0 in April 2017.
The revision process involves a transparent process where multiple stakeholders are encouraged to participate in. The revision process as carried out for current GOTS version functioned extremely well and was appreciated by market participants and in the public.
The approach again is to set strict and binding requirements for ecological and social parameters while acknowledging the need for practicability in industrial production of a wide range of products. To achieve this goal, stakeholders which operate internationally with expertise in the field of organic production, textile processing, textile chemistry and social criteria and representing the industry, NGOs and consumer interests in our program are invited to contribute to the revision procedure.
The revision process to prepare GOTS Version 5.0 and the accompanying Manual for Implementation as well as the list of international stakeholder organsations to be invited to participate was introduced and discussed at the meetings of the Certifiers Council, the Standards Committee and the Advisory Council.
Standards Committee will work on a first revision draft based on various suggested revisions collected since the release of GOTS Version 4.0
Selected international stakeholder organisations (see list below) will be invited to participate in the revision process; the procedure and planned timetable were introduced to them and also published on the GOTS website. Other parties interested in contributing have been requested to channel their comments through one of the participating organisations (Advisory Council members, certifier or invited stakeholder).
The GOTS Standards Committee will introduce a first revision draft of GOTS 5.0 and the Manual to the Advisory Council members, GOTS-approved certifiers and invited international stakeholder organisations through the installed revision blog.
Advisory Council Members, GOTS-approved certifiers and invited international stakeholder organisations will be encouraged able to submit inputs/contributions/comments on basis of the 1st revision draft of GOTS and the Manual and post them to the blog. For this purpose a specific form to propose changes/additions to the content of the 1st Revision Draft is available. All participating parties also will have the possibility to comment on the contributions provided by the other parties.
The input period for providing requests for changes/additions to the content of the 1st revision draft will be for 60 days.
The input period for providing comments on received contributions will be open for two more weeks.
The Standards Committee will assess all contributions and comments, and will consult further (external) experts if needed and work on the 2nd Revision Draft during the period July to September. A second revision draft will be finalised.
The GOTS Standards Committee will release the 2nd revision draft of GOTS 5.0 and the Manual to the Advisory Council members, GOTS-approved certifiers and invited international stakeholder organisations through the revision blog in addition to a detailed overview file with observations to each individual contribution received and reasoning why or why not the contribution has been taken into account for the 2nd revision draft.
The revision blog will be opened for another 30 days in which the participating parties will be able to provide final comments to the observations provided by the Standards Committee and/or to the changes made from the 1st to the 2nd draft. No new topics will be addressed at this stage of the revision process.
After deliberating and assessing the contributions recieved, the Standards Committee will prepare a final and 3rd revision draft of GOTS Version 5.0. The deliberations will be captured in a detailed overview file so as to record reasons for inclusion / exclusion of any comments for the Standard and Manual. This document will be made avialable to all participants.
The final draft of GOTS Version 5.0 will be sent to the Advisory Council for approval.
The Advisory Council will approve of the final draft to be released as a standard during the annual meeting to be held in February 2017.
GOTS Version 5.0 and the corresponding Manual will be released on the GOTS website.
Transition period for users of GOTS to fully comply with the new Version of GOTS will be one year.
The approach is to invite stakeholders who operate internationally with expertise in the field of organic production, textile processing, textile chemistry and social criteria and representing the industry, NGOs and consumer interests in our program.
Specifically, beside the Advisory Council members and the Approved Certifiers the following provisional list of organisations have been invited to participate in the GOTS revision process.
GOTS encourages organisations who are international and representative of any GOTS related aspect to contribute to the process of revision of the Standard. GOTS is unable to entertain requests from individuals or national organisations for the same. We would however suggest that these prospective contributors send in their contributions through any of the mentioned organisations. Prospective stakeholders may please send an email to the Director Standards Development & Quality Assurance at .