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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 shall now follow the newly developed 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”.

At this time, constitution of the GOTS ad-hoc Standard Revision Committee is underway. Keep visiting this page for updates as they happen.

Public Consultation and Comments on GOTS Revision Drafts

GOTS revision drafts shall be 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
2. Release of first revision draft for public consultation
14 April 2022
3. First public consultation period
60 days from release (ends 12 June 2022)
4. Deliberations of the SRC on inputs received
May-August 2022
5. Release of second revision draft for public consultation
September 2022
6. Second public consultation period
30 days from release
7. Deliberations by the SRC on inputs received
October-November 2022
8. Finalisation of GOTS version 7.0
February 2023
9. Release of GOTS version 7.0
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)

Johanna Mirenda

Organic Trade Association, Farm Policy Director

Orlando Rivera

CEO Bergmann Rivera

Marta Roche

Sustainability and Technical Affairs Manager, Edena

Mutsumi Sakuyoshi

Japan Organic Cotton Association, Member of JOCA Board of Directors, Representative Director of Japan Organic Inspectors Association, Organic Inspector

Nesrin Serin

USB Certification

Lena Stenseng

Senior Consultant Ecolabelling Denmark, Danish Standards Foundation

Esma Demirkaya Turan

Nominee of the International Apparel Federation (IAF) and İHKİB, Ekoteks

Mecki Naschke

Technical Lead Chemical Management, GSM Services
Public Consultation on GOTS Revision 2022
  • The GOTS revision process now includes public consultation on the revision drafts proposed by GOTS.
  • 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 is available for review now (download here).
  • We welcome comments on these inputs using the specified template until 11 July 2022.
  • Comments should be submitted to GOTS by email () strictly using the template excel sheet (download here)
  • 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.

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