The OCS is a voluntary international standard that provides chain-of-custody verification for materials from a recognized certified farm national organic standards. The standard is used to verify raw materials from organic farming from the farm to the final product.
The old OCS implementation manual is now divided into two documents. The OCS User Manual provides interpretation and guidance to users of the standard while the OCS certification procedures detail the requirements that certification bodies must follow. The new version comes with more robust traceability between the farm and the primary processor, according to Textile Exchange.
GMO testing for organic cotton should be performed in accordance with Textile Exchange’s OCS-103 OCS Organic Cotton Screening. Organic wool inputs must be non-mules (according to the non-mules definition of the Responsible Wool Standard) or come from a farm with the status of mulesing cessation. Certified organizations must now maintain technical specifications for all OCS materials.
“The organic content standard was our first standard and the basis for establishing our chain of custody, which is the backbone of all of our standards. I am proud of the evolution of the OCS through the review process. It remains a key tool to support and stabilize biological fibers ”, La Rhea Pepper, Managing Director of Textile exchange noted.
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