Regulations Etko Documentation Inspection and Certification Procedure


The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is recognised as the world's leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibres. It defines high-level environmental criteria along the entire organic textiles supply chain and requires compliance with social criteria as well.


Only textile products that contain a minimum of 70% organic fibres can become GOTS certified. All chemical inputs such as dyestuffs and auxiliaries used must meet certain environmental and toxicological criteria. The choice of accessories is limited in accordance with ecological aspects as well. A functional waste water treatment plant is mandatory for any wet-processing unit involved and all processors must comply with minimum social criteria. The key criteria of GOTS, its quality assurance system and the principles of the review and revision procedure are summarised in this section.


» Organic Hydroponics and Aquaponics NOP Update

The NOSB has recommended prohibiting aeroponic systems in organic production. USDA will consider this recommendation; aeroponics remains allowed during this review. Please check the following link of this information:...

» Permitted pest control products in organic agriculture

The EU regulation on permitted pest control products in organic agriculture has been released. To see these materials please check:

» GOTS version 5.0, Implementation Manual version 5.0 and a list of changes have been released.

GOTS version 5.0, the corresponding Implementation Manual Version 5.0 and a list of changes have been released on 1 March 2017 and are available on the GOTS website: