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GLOBAL ORGANIC TEXTILE STANDARD
ECOLOGY & SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

GOTS Revision

GOTS is a dynamic standard, we foster constant progress towards the development of better textile processing methods. Every three years a revision process takes place in which GOTS collaborates with international stakeholders. Find out more about our comprehensive and transparent revision process below.

Revision Process

Principles of the Revision Process - Stakeholder Input

GOTS is backed up by stakeholder-based decision bodies/technical committees which ensure that the views of relevant stakeholders are considered. The GOTS approved certification bodies are also actively involved in the GOTS revision process through the ‘Certifiers Council’.

Revised Process for Standard Revisions

Commencing 2022, the revision process followed the Standard Setting Procedure (SSP) which provides for the constitution of an (ad hoc) Standard Revision Committee (SRC) for each revision. The SRC consists of experts from different stakeholder groups, works on the basis of respective terms of reference and decides on the revised standard. Selection of members is based on the “GOTS Stakeholder Identification Document”.

The GOTS Standards Revision Committee 2022 was formed for the revision to GOTS 7.0 and details are avialable on this website.

Public Consultation and Comments on GOTS Revision Drafts

GOTS revision drafts were made available for open public consultation and comments during the revision process. GOTS encourages all stakeholders including associations, organisations, companies and individuals to contribute to the process of the revision of the Standard through this process. The timeline for the revision to GOTS version 7.0 is as follows:

 1. Constitution of GOTS SRC 
 
 March / April 2022 
(complete)
 2. Release of first revision draft for public consultation
 
 14 April 2022
(complete)
 3. First public consultation period
 
 60 days from release (ends 12 June 2022)
(complete)
 4. Deliberations of the SRC on inputs received
 
 May-August 2022
(complete)
 6. Second public consultation period
 
 From October 3 through October 31, 2022  (complete)
 7. Deliberations by the SRC on inputs received
 
November-December 2022 (complete)
 8. Finalisation of GOTS version 7.0 
 
 February 2023 (complete)
 9. Release of GOTS version 7.0
 
 March 2023 (completed 7 March 2023)

 

Reference documents :

 

For more information, contact Rahul Bhajekar (). 

 

GOTS Standards Revision Committee 2022

Narayanasamy Arunachalam

Vice President Armstrong Spinning Mills (P) LTD

Andreas Bayer

Verband TEGEWA e. V.

Elizabeth Bennett

Joseph M. Ha Associate Professor of International Affairs and Director of Political Economy, Lewis & Clark College (Portland, OR, US); Fellow, Carr Center for Human Rights, Harvard Kennedy School (Cambridge, MA, US)

Rahul Bhajekar

Coordinator, GOTS SRC

Prama Bhardwaj

CEO Mantis World

Dr. Binay Kumar Choudhury

CU Inspections India

Sarah Compson

Soil Association, International Development Manager

Dr. Pierfrancesco Fois

Executive Director ETAD

Jan Furstenborg

Social Expert, Member of GSCP and SAI (SA8000) Boards

Markus Krüger

International Association Natural Textile Industry, Coordinator of IVN Standard Committee

Manoj Kumar

Program Consultant, Fairtrade

Margot Lyons

Director of Sustainability + Sourcing, COYUCHI

Prof. Dr. Anett Matthäi

Faculty of Engineering Sustainable Textiles at Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hof

Hong Mei (梅红)

Senior Director of Compliance Assurance Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP)

Orlando Rivera

CEO Bergmann Rivera

Marta Roche

Sustainability and Technical Affairs Manager, Edena

Mohammad Amin Sarli

Quality Assurance Specialist at Ekoteks Laboratuvar ve Gözetim Hizmetleri A.Ş., Turkiye. Nominee of International Apparel Federation

Nesrin Serin

USB Certification

Lena Stenseng

Senior Consultant Ecolabelling Denmark, Danish Standards Foundation

Mecki Naschke

Technical Lead Chemical Management, GSM Services
Public Consultation on GOTS Revision 2022

 


GOTS REVISION PROCESS TO VERSION 7.0 IS NOW COMPLETE.

 


 

  • The consolidated list of public inputs received during the 2nd public consultation period is available here
  • The second public consultation period for GOTS version 7.0 is now closed, as on 31 October 2022.  
  • Revision Draft 2.0 of GOTS is still available for download here.
  • Revision Draft 2.0 of the Manual for the Implementation of GOTS is still available for download here.
  • A changelog for each of these documents is available here (Standard| Manual).
  • A consolidated list of public inputs recieved during the 1st consultation period with corresponding GOTS SRC responses and decisions is available here.

  • The first public consultation commenced on 14 April 2022 for a period of 60 days which ended on 12 June 2022.
  • A compilation of all received comments was made available for review  (download here).
  • The GOTS SRC discussed all inputs and the 2nd revision draft for GOTS v 7.0 was released for public comments on 3 October 2022.
  • Revision Draft 1.0 of GOTS is available for download here. 
  • Revision Draft 1.0 of the Manual for the Implementation of GOTS is available for download here.
  • A changelog for each of these documents is available here
  • The current version, GOTS 6.0, can be downloaded here.
  • The current version of the Implementation Manual 6.0 can be downloaded here.