Responsible Down Standard (RDS)

Responsible Down Standard (RDS). Certifies products that contain feathers and down from certified farms. It ensures that the feathers and down used in upholstered products are derived from geese and ducks reared in accordance with animal welfare principles and criteria.  

What it is certified

Responsible Down Standard (RDS) is promoted at international level by Textile Exchange, providing for the issue of an environmental statement verified by a third party to ensure that feathers and feathers used for upholstery are obtained from aquatic birds (geese and ducks) or terrestrial birds (e.g. chicken and turkey) that have not undergone any treatment which causes pain, suffering or stress and that an identification and traceability system validating the origin of the material is applied and maintained. According to RDS it is possible to certify:

  • Down and feathers from responsible farms that respect animal welfare;
  • Textile products containing at least 5% certified feathers and down. However, finished products can only be labelled as RDS Certificated if 100% feathers and down are certified.

Why to certify

The purpose of the RDS is to cover the entire production chain and:

  • Breeding of birds
  • Slaughtering
  • Collection and processing of feathers (selection, removal of dust, washing, removal of excess water, drying)
  • Manufacture of garments and textile articles.

How to certify

The RDS certification process is differentiated, depending on whether it refers to Bird rearing, which in turn is distinguished between individual farms, groups of small breeders and cultivation agreements (agistment agreement), and Manufacturing Companies. In any case, the certification process is divided into 3 main phases:

  1. Initial assessment of the products and production, which includes, among other things, the assessment of the composition of the products for which certification is required.
  2. In situ inspection to verify: the effective compliance of products with RDS criteria; the proper organisation and management of manufacturing processes and internal procedures, which could compromise the conformity of the product itself; the maintenance of the chain of custody to ensure that the material is correctly identified and traceable.
  3. Issue of the Certificate of Conformity based on the information and data collected as part of the assessment and verification process.

Documents and downloadable files

Responsible Down Standard 2.0 RDS Implementation Manual RDS Logo Use and Claim Guide 2.1 Certification guideline Request for Quote

RDS certified operator list
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