GOTS recognizes the challenge of companies keeping their operations running while staying credible without an on-site in-person audit in the time of COVID-19.
GOTS has therefore developed guidelines for GOTS Approved Certification Bodies who require to replace on-site audits by Virtual Audits (VAs) due to travel and meeting restrictions imposed by health authorities because the threat of infection and spread of COVID-19.
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.
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.
This section alphabetically lists all the certification bodies and their headquarter addresses 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.
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.
GOTS recognises that Certified Entities may need to change their Certification Body (CB) or migrate to another CB for a number of reasons. This section gives a link to the GOTS Policy for Change of Certifiers.
Global Standard gGmbH (GOTS) acknowledges that several independent individuals or companies have been offering expert consultancy services to the textile industry to achieve Certification to GOTS for textile operations or receive approval for chemical inputs in producing and consuming regions around the world.
GOTS also acknowledges the fact that there is a need that such individuals or companies are vetted and approved by GOTS in order that they disseminate correct knowledge to the textile industry. GOTS has therefore formulated a policy to the end that the industry will receive correct and accurate knowledge about the requirements of the Standard and the processes and procedures necessary to be followed within the operations of a GOTS certified entity.