Organic Content Standard

Organic Content Standard (OCS). Certify textile products, manufacturing activities. Enhance textile products made with natural fibers – vegetable or animal – produced and certified in accordance with the criteria of organic agriculture.


The Organic Content Standard (OCS)  is promoted internationally by the  Textile Exchange , provides for the release of an  environmental declaration  verified by a third party  that :

  • validates the content of natural fibers  from organic agriculture in textile products (both intermediate and finished);
  • guarantees traceability  along the entire production chain of raw materials, intermediate products and finished products.

All textile products that are composed of at least 5% of certified organic natural fibers can be certified according to the OCS standard  . The following aspects do not fall within the scope of OCS , therefore  they are not subject to verification :

  • Quality requirements  of the material
  •  Safety features of the material
  •  Environmental performance and impacts associated with production processes
  •  Social criteria .

The OCS standard  applies to all textile manufacturing processes  starting from ginning, followed by spinning, weaving and all subsequent ennobling processes.

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Preliminary evaluation.
Initial evaluation of the products and of the production process, which also includes the evaluation of the composition of the products for which certification is required, as well as the conformity of raw materials and suppliers.

On-site inspection.
On-site inspection, which aims to ascertain: the effective compliance of the products with the OCS criteria; the systematic application of operating procedures for the correct management of identification and traceability in accordance with the criteria set by the Content Claim Standard (CCS) developed and adopted by the Textile Exchange; the correct organization and management of manufacturing processes and internal procedures likely to compromise the conformity of the product itself.

Issuance of the Certificate of Conformity.
Issuance of the Certificate of Conformity on the basis of the information and data collected as part of the evaluation and verification process.