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GOTS at ‘BESTSELLER Mill Day on Sustainability’

Last Updated: Tuesday, 23 May 2017 22:54

India office of Danish Brand BESTSELLER organized a one day event titled ‘BESTSELLER Mill Day on Sustainability’ on 24th March 2017 in New Delhi, India. Mr. Sumit Gupta, GOTS Deputy Director Standards Development & Quality Assurance, was invited to speak about the “Global Organic Textile Standard - Introduction & Technical Criteria”.

Mr. Gupta explained the technical aspects of the Standard related to fibre usage, dyes/ chemical approval, environment, social compliance, labelling, packaging, etc. He also explained the traceability system in GOTS and Transaction Certificates (TC). He further told about the option of covering multiple shipments in a single TC and the newly introduced exclusion for wholly owned subsidiaries of a retailer.

He opined that brands can use GOTS as a benchmark to build a sustainable supply chain. They can either encourage their existing suppliers to follow GOTS or can choose from existing GOTS certified suppliers, that are listed on GOTS Public Database.

The audience comprised mainly of garmenting companies and wet processing units from India.

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Textile Industry Session in Amity’s National Conference on Sustainable Development Goals, India

Last Updated: Tuesday, 23 May 2017 22:54

Amity University, Noida, India organized a two day National Conference on “Shaping India 2030: Sustainable Development and Socio-economic Perspectives and Challenges” on 23rd -24th March 2017. Mr. Sumit Gupta, GOTS Deputy Director Standards Development & Quality Assurance, chaired the technical session on ‘Textile Industry & SDGs’.

Mr. Gupta explained how sustainability standards like GOTS can be used as a tool by businesses to meet United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. He also told that more than 11 SDGs are covered by GOTS and by implementing the standard companies can make meaningful contribution to society and SDGs at the same time. Other speakers in the session included Ms. Mona Gupta – Advisor, Practitioner & Educator; Mr. Vinay Singh- Manager Compliance, RCM Group and Mr. Rajib Saraf, Manager Operations, Himanshu Apparels.

 The audience comprised mainly of students from the Amity University and other institutes in the region.

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GOTS Position on Aniline

Last Updated: Monday, 06 May 2019 15:14

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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.

National Seminar on GOTS Certification

Last Updated: Monday, 06 May 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.

Lori Wyman appointed as GOTS Representative in North America

Last Updated: Tuesday, 23 May 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