Does the whole supply chain need to be organic / or certified?

Yes. And each step in the supply chain will need to hold organic certification and be subject to an annual inspection.

  • At the farm level, the fibre used must be certified organic according to recognised international or national standards, by an IFOAM accredited or internationally recognised certifier (ISO 65).
  • In order to be certified to GOTS, every step in the processing supply chain must be certified by a GOTS approved certification body. This includes operators such as spinners, weavers, knitters, finishers, dyers, manufacturers, labellers and packers, wholesalers and more.

The only exception is retailers selling finished labelled products to the final consumer, who do not require a licence. There are also specific requirements for traders warehouses, homeworkers and subcontractors. Contact us for specific information.

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