The Global Organic Textile Standard International Working Group released the GOTS Version 4.0 on the 1st of March 2014.
The new version is a result of a stakeholder input process in which various organizations with expertise in organic production, textile processing and social criteria participated. It follows the overall approach of GOTS to define high level verifiable environmental criteria throughout the entire processing chain of apparel and home textiles (including spinning, knitting, weaving, wet processing, manufacturing, and trading) made from a minimum of 70% certified organic fibers and requiring social criteria while still providing for a practical set of requirements that is technically achievable even in large scale industrial textile production and for mass market brands and retailers in order to achieve a considerable environmental and social impact in the textile industry.
The implementation deadline for GOTS certified entities to fully comply with Version 4.0 was 1st of March 2015.
GOTS Version 4.0 is available for download in PDF format:
GOTS Version 4.0
Translations of GOTS Version 4.0 are available in Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish in our download section
Interpretation advice dated 12 November 2015 with regard to the GOTS requirement of chapter 2.4.13. "Certified Entities purchasing GOTS Goods must receive and maintain GOTS transaction certificates, issued by an Approved Certifier for the whole quantity of GOTS Goods purchased."
The following derogation is valid from the day of announcement:
The obligation to receive and maintain GOTS transaction certificates according to chapter 2.4.13 is not valid for shipments of final GOTS Goods purchased by voluntarily certified retailers, if the GOTS labelling of such goods does not contain the licence number of the retailer but of the supplier/manufacturer.
Short Video on Key Changes in GOTS Version 4
Please click on the image on the left to see a video (22 minutes) highlighting the key changes in GOTS version 4.0 and the corresponding Manual compare to the previous GOTS Version 3.0 and the previous issue of the Manual.
Document with summary of Changes
The below document provides for a short summary of the relevant changes made to the content / meaning / interpretation of the criteria in GOTS Version 4.0 and the corresponding Manual ordered chronologically by chapter.
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The video and the summary document cannot be used as a fully comprehensive and complete information of all changes but as a supportive working and training tools only. Decisive is the final wording in the new GOTS Version 4.0 and the Manual (issue of 1st March 2014). The Manual is posted in the corresponding section Manual for the Implementation.
GOTS Version 3.0 is still available in our download section (languages English, Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish).
GOTS Version 3.0 is still available in our download section (languages English, Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish). Translations of Version 4.0 will be arranged in due course.