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GOTS Version 4.0 Documents Released

Published 12 March, 2014

On March 1st, the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) International Working Group released version 4.0 of its standard. The corresponding documents can be downloaded from the GOTS website​. Changes include modifications to rules on conventional ‘additional fibre materials,’ and a ban of virgin polyester and angora. Core provisions – such as a 70% minimum content […]

New draft revision of (EC) 834/2007 due in March

Published 3 February, 2014

After considerable consultation in 2013, the European Commission will publish a draft revision of the current rules on organic agriculture at the end of March 2014. More. The Commission put forward 3 options for discussion; 1) improved status quo based on improvements and better enforcement of current legislation; 2) a market driven option which aims at […]

Additional requirements on CBs enter into force

Published 30 January, 2014

As of 1 January 2014, the new regulation on the control system for organic farming and production ((EU) No 392/2013) entered into force. The key changes are: •  The number of samples to be taken and analysed by the control body every year should represent at least 5% of the number of operators under its […]

NATRUE accreditation

Published 30 January, 2014

Accreditation of certification bodies against the NATRUE requirements for certification bodies is now available from the IOAS. NATRUE AISBL has launched its accreditation with the IOAS for certification bodies in the field of organic and natural cosmetics. CBs applying the NATRUE standard will be required to gain accreditation against the NATRUE requirements for certification bodies […]