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Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 September 2015 16:10

The members of the International Working Group that have developed GOTS and the related quality assurance system are:

Logo IVN International Association Natural Textile Industry (IVN), Germany www.naturtextil.com
Soil Association (SA), England www.soilassociation.org
Organic Trade Association (OTA), USA www.ota.com
Logo JOCA Japan Organic Cotton Association (JOCA), Japan www.joca.gr.jp

In 2008 a new legal entity under German law was set up by the IWG. The Global Standard gemeinnützige GmbH now is a non-profit company. Charged with executing the Global Organic Textile Standard programme, Global Standard gemeinnützige GmbH conducts all activities in connection with the implementation of GOTS and its related quality assurance as well as the related licensing system. It is also the proprietor of the GOTS label, which is already trademarked in almost all relevant sales markets for organic textile goods.
The International Working Group itself is the decisive committee for all relevant structural and political issues related to the Global Organic Textile Standard programme.

GOTS Regional Representatives

The International Working Group has appointed several Representatives that operate in a global network to promote GOTS in their regions and around the world. To date Regional Representatives are appointed in the major sales markets USA/Canada, Germany/Austria/Switzerland, Japan, United Kingdom and in the important processing countries China, India and Bangladesh.

Technical Committee

The IWG has installed a Technical Committee which consists of one textile expert appointed by each member organisation of the IWG. This expert is backed up by the respective standard committee of the appointing organization thus ensuring a broad basis for the Technical Committee’s decisions. In addition, the Technical Committee may co-opt up to three further expert members. The Committee is coordinated by the Technical Director, Marcus Bruegel.

The Technical Committee has the following main functions / authorities:

  • Generating revisions of the standard and the related manual for implementation
  • Developing the Licensing and Labelling Guide and supervision of labelling applications
  • Developing the accreditation system and related qualification and quality assurance requirements for certification bodies
  • Supervision of accredited certification bodies to ascertain their adherence to and consistent interpretation of the GOTS and the related stipulations

Certifiers Council

The GOTS approved certifiers are assigned with the implementation of the GOTS quality assurance system. In this function they work with the operations applying for GOTS certifications and use the standard, procedures and tools of the GOTS Program on a daily basis. Drawing back on the broad expertise gathered during this work is vital for the IWG in order to establish and further develop a functioning and practical system in the market. Based on these considerations the IWG has formed a Certifiers Council in which each certifier participates with a responsible expert. The Certifiers Council has an advisory function with regard to all issues related to the GOTS quality assurance system. The collaboration of all approved GOTS certifiers in this unique forum is an important prerequisite for a consistent interpretation on the criteria and requirements of the GOTS. Coordinated by the GOTS Technical Director the Certifiers Council reports its proposals to the Technical Committee.