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GOTS Certification

What Is GOTS?
Global Organic Textile Standard

GOTS stands for Global Organic Textile Standard as clearly defined by its name this standard is focused on organic production as well as it assures the chain of custody of organic product at each level through out the supply chain and that can be traced back and verify through the process of TC – transaction certificate. Only Textile products that contain a minimum 70% organic fibres can become a GOTS certified product. All chemicals are used as in put during the processing such as dyestuffs and auxiliaries must meet the certain environmental and toxicological criteria. Accessories choice is limited and meet the ecological aspects. Functional wastewater treatment plant is mandatory requirement for any wet processing unit. GOTS is recognized as the world’s best textile standard for textile made by organic fiber. It is based on high level environmental compliances, social compliances, chemicals management and perfect traceability from start to end.

The objective of the GOTS standard is to define globally recognized requirements that ensure organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labelling in order to provide a credible assurance to the end consumer. Textile processors and manufacturers are enabled to export their organic fabrics and garments with one certification accepted in all major markets.

GOTS is the voluntary certification program and is suitable for any organization i.e. large, medium and small considering improvement in its ethical practices and sustainability to meet the expectations of all stakeholders. GOTS certification acceptability is going high day by day and mostly European customer demands GOTS certification from their suppliers even it is becoming a pre-requisite of European retailers to start the business relationship with global supply chain. GOTS awareness is also rising among end users of textile products even they are ready to pay some premium price against the purchase of organic products.

GOTS is established in 2005 and it is comprised of four reputed member organisations, namely OTA (USA), IVN (Germany), Soil Association (UK) and JOCA (Japan), which contribute to the GOTS, together with further international stakeholder organizations and experts, their respective expertise in organic farming and environmentally and socially responsible textile processing. GOTS does not conduct audit itself, only approved certification bodies can conduct the audit against GOTS standard.

Benefits of GOTS Certification

GOTS Certification Process

After finalization of agreement with client, Quality Systems’ experts visit to client’s premises and conduct the complete gap analysis of existing system against the GOTS standard and discuss the gap report to the management, Identified gaps could be in documents, implementation, supply chain verification, traceability of records and products, environmental system, social system, employee’s awareness, statutory & regulatory and local laws compliances. We commence work according to the agreed timelines as per final gap report and proceed for the audit once all the documentation, implementation, and other requirements are done, our technical team provides complete assistance, support and cooperation throughout the process to make certification audit successful in first attempt.

GOTS certificate is not awarded once-and-for-all, it must be renewed before expiration of the certificate. After applying for the audit to the certification body, they conduct the initial audit. After the successful conduction of audit, certification body issues the certificate with validity of 01 year. After completion of one year of audit cycle re-audit will be conducted to continue the process of certification.

TC- Transfer Certificate Process

TC is the proof that confirms specific shipments from the company are GOTS certified. To assure that a specific shipment of products received by a Certified Entity is GOTS certified the buyer can ask the certified supplier to provide a Transaction Certificate (TC). This certificate is issued by the GOTS certifier of that supplier. GOTS Certifier also lists the concrete products and shipment details including the buyers name with address declaring the GOTS certification status of the shipped goods.

Cost of GOTS Certification

Charges of GOTS certification can not be flat or same for every organization, please contact us in this regard.

Why Quality Systems

Quality Systems is working with the team of qualified and experienced consultants and trainers having vast industrial experience, most of our consultants are also lead auditors who are aware to the expectations of auditors from your management system during the audit. Quality systems is assisting across the world to implement and achieve the GOTS outstanding results. Our consultation methodology is highly professional, time bound and effective and we always add value to the business process of the client’s organization. 

Our GOTS Certification complete package comprised on following segments such as training, implementation, consultation, gap analysis, documentation, internal audits, pre-assessment, third party audit through world’s most recognized & accredited by IOAS Certification body and post audit enhancement / maintenance services to enable your organization to get the best outcome of GOTS. Our services are globally accepted, authoritative and benchmarked in the field of GOTS audit.