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February 28 @ 8:00 am - 6:00 pm UTC-7

One-Day GOTS Training for Textile Industry Professionals on developing an organic handling plan and preparing your facility for a GOTS inspection.

Advanced Training will begin on February 28, with training on the GOTS standards. Inspectors interested in learning about the standards are welcome to take this as a stand-alone training day.  Those who are interested in the full GOTS auditor credential will continue on March 1-2 for a field trip training exercise at a textile facility and further training on GOTS inspections. The GOTS training concludes with an exam on March 2. SAI will deliver two additional days of training to cover the Social Aspects of the standard version 5.0. Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is a project of the Global Standard gGmbH on Mar 4-5. Both GOTS and Social Criteria training are required for GOTS auditors.

A full range of non-fiber related advanced training topics will be offered on March 1 and 2. Participants can choose 1 or 2 days of this training. Topics will include opportunities for improvement for inspectors, based on the NOP witness audits, with NOP Lead Auditor Lars Crail, and from the Peer Evaluation Program. Bob Durst, food technologist, will present everything inspectors should know about materials on the 205.605, as well as an update on recent changes to 205.605 and 205.606. He will also speak on Commingling and Contamination Issues in Processing Plants. Brian Rakita will present key points of tobacco inspection. Other topics are under development. A draft agenda and speaker bios are posted on the IOIA website.

The host venue will be the Hilton Garden Inn Charleston/Mount Pleasant, three miles from downtown historic Charleston ($8 cab ride or $2 straight city bus ride), and 15 minutes from the airport.

Contact  Lori Wyman (Wyman@Global-standard.org) for more information.

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February 28
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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