The application process
Applying for organic textile certification
We offer international certification for organic textiles, to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and the Organic Content Standard (OCS). Find out more about the different types of textile certification available.
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The certification process takes approximately:
- 8-12 weeks for UK-based companies
- 12-16 weeks for countries outside of the UK
We advise applicants to allow 8-12 weeks (12-16 for non-UK countries) from the start of an application, but the more detail you provide and the more promptly you can respond, the less time it will take to complete the process. Do let us know if you’re working towards a specific deadline and we’ll do our best to help you meet it.
Our fee Sheets for GOTS and OCS are all available to view online. These will give you information on how much each scheme costs.
If you then decide that you'd like to apply, we will send you more information in an application pack. Our application forms are also available to download online. If you’re unclear about anything at this point, you can book in a chat with one of our friendly and knowledgeable certification team.
Find out more about input approval
The process, costs and timescales are different if you are intending to certify GOTS inputs Please read the Guide to Textiles Input Approval guide below to find out more about the approval process of chemical inputs for textiles to the GOTS standard. It is a straightforward process that takes around 4-6 weeks.Download our guide (MS Word Doc, 30KB)
- Firstly, we’ll invoice you for year one.
- When this is paid, you'll be assigned a personal Certification Officer, who will help you review your products and enterprises (the activities we will certify such as printing and trading), to ensure you are prepared for your first inspection.
- Once you’ve had an inspection, and we can prove you are compliant with the relevant standard, we will issue your scope certificate.
- Throughout your contract with us, you will receive continued support from your Certification Officer so that you can sell your products and services as organic. You’ll also be welcomed by our Business Development team to make the most of the additional benefits of certifying with us.