The Organic Content Standard aims to increase organic agricultural production.

The Organic Content Standard (OCS) is a voluntary global standard that sets the criteria for third-party certification of organic materials and chain of custody.


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Catch up on revisions and changes

The first version of the OCS was launched in March 2018. In 2019, we began revisions for OCS 3.0, and the updated standard was released on March 1, 2020. For a summary of the comments received during the Public Stakeholder Review period, you can take a look at the OCS 3.0 Consultation Feedback Summary.

In 2021, we began a sweeping revision of our standards framework with the aim of developing a harmonized system that incorporates our current suite of standards, and outcomes focused on our Climate+ strategy. 

We are currently in the process of finalizing pilot version 1.0 of the unified standard system, to be released in the first half of 2024. Sites who are currently certified, or pursuing certification, to our current standards should keep an eye on updates as the timeline progresses.

Spotlight On

In-conversion cotton

Demand for organic fibers like cotton has increased dramatically in recent years. But when farmers make the switch to organic practices, there’s a transitional period when what they produce isn’t certified. Financially supporting farmers through this transition will be essential to ensure organic fibers for the future. That’s why we’re now recognizing in-conversion content in our standard.


Take the next steps in your certification journey

Brand and retailers

Start sourcing certified organic materials or get certified yourself.


Use our standards to offer products certified to contain organically grown content.

Find a certified company

Consult our directory to find a supplier or confirm whether a company is certified to the OCS.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question not answered here, get in touch with us directly, and we’ll be happy to answer it for you.

Are Textile Exchange standards recognized globally?

Yes, all our standards apply globally. You can use our logos worldwide as long as you meet the requirements for logo use and claims.

Do you have translations of your standards available in other languages?

Visit the Document Library to see all standards documents. For some, translations are available.

Where can I source organic cotton?

You can find an organic cotton supplier in our Supplier Directory.

What is the difference between the Organic Content Standard (OCS) and GOTS?

GOTS has additional processing requirements. It also requires a 70% minimum content percentage and has restrictions on other the fibers that organic content can be blended with.