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GOTS Position on Aniline

Última actualización: Lunes, 06 Mayo 2019 15:14

GOTS Position Aniline11Jan2017

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.

  • MAK: The Permanent Senate Commission for the Investigation of Health Hazards of Chemical Compounds in the Work Area (MAK Commission) under the statues of DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V.) proposes maximum workplace and biological values for chemicals, based on which substances are categorised as carcinogenic, mutagenic, sensitizing etc. Aniline has been classified as MAK III category 4, or a substance with carcinogenic potential for which a non-genotoxic mode of action is of prime importance; no significant contribution to human cancer risk is expected at exposures at MAK and BAT values. 
  • The IARC which is part of the World Health Organisation (WHO) classified Aniline under Group 3, that is "Not classifiable as to its carcinogenicity to humans".
  • EU Regulation EC/1272/2008 classifies Aniline as a category 2 (suspected) carcinogen.
  • USEPA suggests that Aniline could be suspected carcinogen and there is no evidence of being carcinogenic by itself.

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.

Lori Wyman appointed as GOTS Representative in North America

Última actualización: Martes, 23 Mayo 2017 22:54


LoriWymanWebGOTS is pleased to announce Lori Wyman as the new Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) Representative for North America. Prior to joining GOTS, Lori was Senior Auditor with Control Union Certifications and has served as an inspector to textile programs for over ten years.
Additionally, she has conducted organic food audits on both farms and factories to the USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP), as well as several private standards with Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) components nationally and internationally. Lori had previously worked in the membership and marketing departments of the Organic Trade Association (OTA). She is excited to draw upon past partnerships with brands, retailers, regulatory agencies, NGOs, organic certification agencies, and educational textile programs to strengthen the visibility of the GOTS program.

Lori will be based in Massachusetts and can be reached at

National Seminar on GOTS Certification

Última actualización: Lunes, 06 Mayo 2019 15:16

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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.

Elif Yarasik appointed as GOTS Representative in Turkey

Última actualización: Martes, 23 Mayo 2017 22:54


elifGOTS is pleased to announce Elif Yarasik as the regional representative in Turkey. Turkey is the country with the second most GOTS certified facilities worldwide (469 in 2015) which makes it a very important sourcing market.
Previously Elif has worked in textile both in manufacturing and sourcing industry since 1993, among others for Turkey offices of Nike, Hanesbrands, Next and Puma and for big vertical garment suppliers of Turkey. She has an extensive experience on understanding manufacturing and sourcing side of business in addition to technical side. Her main expertise is the implementation and managing the ecological, environmental, social compliance requirements of textile suppliers as per brand specific requirements which includes global legislations.  Certification management in supply chain in correlation   with buying/sourcing decisions also taking consideration the manufacturing possibilities is another achievement on her carrier. She also has technical experience for process and quality testing, dying and finishing of fabrics addition to project management for sourcing the machineries and process efficiency in dye-houses.
Elif holds a bachelor degree as a Chemist from Middle East Technical University.

Elif will be based in Istanbul and can be reached at

Invitation to Stakeholders Roundtable on Organic Textiles Sept. 19th 2016

Última actualización: Martes, 23 Mayo 2017 22:54

Invitation to Stakeholders Roundtable on Organic Textiles

GOTS at BioFach India 2016

Última actualización: Lunes, 06 Mayo 2019 15:17


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.


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