Responsible Animal Fiber

RAF is the most important standard for the certification of products containing responsibly raised animal fibres. It brought together the RWS (Responsible Wool Standard), RMS (Responsible Mohair Standard) and RAS (Responsible Alpaca Standard).


Responsible Animal Fibre is promoted by Textile Exchange, one of the most important international non-profit organisations for responsible and sustainable development in the textile sector.

The RAF standard envisages the issuing of a third-party certification guaranteeing that wool, mohair or alpaca comes from responsibly managed farms, in compliance with stringent criteria for animal welfare and the reduction of environmental impact, and ensures traceability throughout the entire production process. The certification covers the entire production chain from livestock farms to textile manufacturing.

Responsible Animal Fiber guarantees:

  • textile products containing at least 5% certified fibre;
  • manufacturing activities and processes using management models and procedures that comply with the requirements.



Preliminary Assessment.
The initial assessment of products and the production process, which includes evaluating the composition of the products for which certification is sought, as well as the conformity of raw materials and suppliers.

On-site inspection.
On-site inspection aimed at ascertaining the actual conformity of products to RAF criteria, the correct organisation and management of production processes and internal procedures that could compromise product conformity, and the maintenance of the chain of custody to ensure that material is correctly identified and traceable.

Issuance of the Certificate of Conformity.
The issuance of the certificate based on the information and data collected during the evaluation and verification process.

Annual surveillance, i.e. periodic inspections at production units, product storage and distribution centres, in order to verify the maintenance of conformity conditions.