This document provides interpretations and clarifications for specific criteria of the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and related official reference documents (e.g. the Licensing and Labelling Guide) approved by the Standards Committee (SC) of the Global Standard g GmbH (Global Standard gGmbH) where the current wording of the specific criteria could lead to (or already led to) inconsistent, inappropriate or even incorrect interpretation. It may further contain requirements for the application of the GOTS and the implementation of the related quality assurance system for certifiers.
This manual is to be seen as a flexible quality assurance tool of the SC to give advice and clarification to the GOTS Approved Certifiers and users of the GOTS where felt necessary as it can be up-dated short-term, however it does not deal with revision questions of the current standard version or even set any revised criteria.
The interpretations, corrections and further clarifications as provided with this document are binding for all GOTS Approved Certifiers and users of the GOTS. Any products already assessed and certified on basis of other interpretations which were also plausible with regard to the current wording of the GOTS retain their assessed / certified status.
The general implementation deadline to comply with a new version of the standard, this manual or another official reference document published by the Global Standard gGmbH is 12 months after its release unless other / specific advice is given.