The Goal of the Organic Content Standard (OCS) is to ensure trust in organic content claims.
The OCS accomplishes this goal by verifying the presence and amount of Organic Material in a final product. It provides a strong chain of custody system from the source of the organic raw material to the final product through certification. It allows for transparent, consistent, and comprehensive independent
evaluation and verification of Organic Material content claims on products by an accredited third-party Certification Body (CB).
As a business-to-business tool, the OCS may be used to ensure that products companies purchase actually contain Organic Material.
The Standard does not cover the certification of the raw material itself, which is verified independently of the production process certification. It also does not address processing inputs (e.g. chemicals), environmental aspects of processing (e.g. energy or water usage), social issues, safety issues, or legal
Intended users of the OCS are processors, manufacturers, brands and retailers, traders, certification bodies, and organizations supporting
organic raw material initiatives.
This is a voluntary standard that is not intended to replace the legal or regulatory requirements of any country. It is the responsibility of each operation to demonstrate compliance with all applicable laws and
regulations related to marketing, labor and business practices.
Where local legislation and the OCS requirements conflict, the Certification Body shall contact TE to find the most practical solution. When there is confusion about the interpretation of the Standard, the first point of contact shall be the Certification Body, which will contact Textile Exchange if further clarification is needed.
Textile Exchange is an international, member-supported non-profit organization that was established in 2003 under the original name of Organic Exchange. Textile Exchange’s mission is to inspire and equip people to accelerate sustainable practices in the textile value chain.