OCS, a voluntary standard created by Textile Exchange, originally named Organic Content Standard, applies to all non-food products containing 5% and 100% organic matter. It verifies the presence and quantity of organic matter in the main product and monitors the flow of substances and materials from the source to the final product. OCS is not intended to change any country´s legal or regulatory requirements. Its purpose is to provide confidence in organic content. This standard can be used as a business-to-business tool to help companies make sure they sell quality products and get what they pay for.
Target users of OCS; processors, manufacturers, brands and retailers, traders, certification bodies and organizations that support organic initiatives.
Three modules that specify the organic raw material ratio and take place in the product packaging are shown below:
* 100% Organic: The product content includes the processing, production, packaging, labeling, trading and distribution of products that consist of all organic raw materials and a product containing at least 95 percent certified "organic" material.
* 95% Organic: It indicates that the product content consists of at least 95% organic raw materials.
* 5-95% Organic: It indicates that the product content contains at least 5% organic raw material.
It provides a strong supply chain management system through certification starting from the organic raw material source to the final product. Allows transparent, consistent and comprehensive evaluation and verification of organic material content issues in products by an accredited third-party certification body. In cases where local legislation and OCS requirements conflict, the certification body should contact Textile Exchange (TE) to find the most practical solution.
For certification in accordance with the OCS Certificate standard, the product must contain at least 5% organic material. For example: fabrics, fiber products, clothes, yarns, textile toys, bedding, home textiles, bedding products, fashion and textile accessories and textile personal care products. Organic certified fiber type products are also included in the standard. For example; cotton, wool, silk, polyester, linen, hemp, elastane.
The topics that are out of the scope of the standard are listed as follows;
* It does not include the certification of the raw material in the field.
* Production will be verified independently of process certification.
* Process inputs (chemicals),
* Environmental conditions (such as energy, water use),
* Does not cover security issues or legal compliance.
Basic Requirements of the Standard
Organic Content Standard requirements require a system that can be both functioning and understandable to describe and register OCS products. Except for cases where raw materials come directly from the field, only packaged or sealed and labeled products should be accepted for Organic Content Standard production, and unlabeled products should be returned to the supplier.
Producer enterprises are obliged to keep all documentation regarding the product quantity, product origin and product flow. For example; supplier certificates, delivery notes, warehouse books, processing records, invoices and receipts. These records must be kept for a minimum of five years.
In summary, OCS Standard requirements;
* Use of certified organic input and traceability of the product
* Rules regarding logo usage
* Labeling can be listed as.
Labeling of products can be done by directly labeling machines, storage areas or warehouse equipment. Labels and signs must be visible and understandable by all employees working at the production site.
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