Certification Bodies

OneCert International Accreditation Withdrawal

Textile Exchange’s quality assurance program supports the credible and consistent certification of preferred fibers and materials according to the criteria in our suite of standards.

Our assurance system auditing and certification processes support a network of certification bodies. These certification bodies are required to comply with our policies and procedures to conduct audits and issue certificates to assess conformance with our standards. Certification bodies must maintain accreditation by complying with these policies and procedures.

All certification bodies undergo assessment by an approved accreditation body for our standards before beginning any auditing and certification work. At least once per year they are assessed to confirm their qualification and compliance with our requirements. This yearly assessment involves on-site review at the certification body’s headquarters with key staff as well as shadow audits of client sites where the assessor observes the auditor’s performance. When non-conformities are identified, the certification body has a defined amount of time to correct them to maintain their accreditation status.

As part of the annual certification body assessment process in 2021, OneCert International was found to have non-conformities with Textile Exchange’s assurance requirements. These could not be corrected within the required timeframes and as a result, their ability to provide certification services is affected. Products already certified and issued a transaction certificate as of the date of a certification bodies suspension or withdrawal are still considered valid – unless otherwise notified by Textile Exchange.

IOAS, OneCert’s accreditation body, has withdrawn their accreditation to all Textile Exchange standards. Their certified clients must now seek certification services from and transfer their certification service requests to another accredited certification body by March 22, 2022 when their scope certificates from OneCert will be invalid. The Withdrawal of Certification Body Licensing procedure details the requirements for certification bodies in such cases. We recognize the burden that this creates for the clients of these certification bodies since they may require another audit and be subject to its additional costs.

If you are a certified client of OneCert, you should have received their notification already, but here some next steps and resources to assist you with the process:

  1. Review this page of certification bodies licensed to certify against the relevant Textile Exchange standard(s) in your region and immediately contact them for quotes to become newly certified by them.
  2. Review the Withdrawal of Certification Body Licensing procedure and be aware of the possibility, but not a guarantee, of the transfer audit described in section B2.
  3. Inform the chosen succeeding certification body of the circumstance and provide them a copy of this communication.

While Textile Exchange is disappointed by this situation and the conditions that will impact site certifications, these circumstances reflect the integrity and consistency of our assurance system. In turn, this helps to ensure greater credibility of our standards and of the entities that offer auditing and certification services.

Approved Certification Bodies

Certification services for Textile Exchange standards are performed by independent, third-party certification bodies (CBs). The searchable list below shows the CBs that are currently licensed to conduct certification to Textile Exchange standards.

List of Active Certification Bodies

This list identifies current certification bodies for Textile Exchange standards. Companies interested in becoming certified should contact a certification body which works with the applicable standard in their country.

  • OCS accreditation refers to certification bodies who conduct OCS certification for first processors (cotton gins, wool scours, etc).
  • RCS accreditation refers to certification bodies who conduct RCS certification for material recyclers.
  • RDS accreditation refers to certification bodies who conduct RDS certification for waterfowl farms and slaughter sites, as well as down processors who are managing certification for farms and slaughter sites.
  • RAF accreditation refers to certification bodies who conduct certification for RWS (sheep/wool), RMS (angora goat/mohair), and RAS (alpaca) farms and farm groups.
  • GRS accreditation refers to certification bodies who conduct GRS certification for all stages in the supply chain.
  • CCS accreditation refers to certification bodies who conduct certification to the CCS, including supply chain companies (anyone not listed above) for OCS, RCS, RDS, and RAF (RWS, RMS, RAS).

When searching for your country, be sure to search for “Global” as well as the name of your country. Some certification bodies are accredited to work globally. ***Due to a limitation of the search function, a search for a specific country name will not list all CBs with “Global” geographic scopes. To see a list of all CBs who work globally, please enter “Global” in the “geographic scope” search field.

For certification bodies: Please see ASR-101 Accreditation and Certification Procedures for further details on the requirements and applicability of CB accreditation. If you still have questions, please feel free to visit our FAQ Page.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Standard Status Location Contact Geographic Scope Accreditation Body
ALGI International Inc. (ALGI)
RCS Accredited United States http://te.algiteam@algi.net Bangladesh; Brazil; China; Colombia; Indonesia; Pakistan; Peru; United States IOAS
OCS Accredited United States http://te.algiteam@algi.net Bangladesh; Brazil; China; Colombia; Indonesia; Pakistan; Peru; United States IOAS
GRS Accredited United States http://te.algiteam@algi.net Bangladesh; Brazil; China; Colombia; Indonesia; Pakistan; Peru; United States IOAS
CCS Accredited United States http://te.algiteam@algi.net Bangladesh; Brazil; China; Colombia; Indonesia; Pakistan; Peru; United States IOAS
AsureQuality Limited (AsureQuality)
RAF Accredited New Zealand http://nzfa@asurequality.com Australia; New Zealand IOAS
Bureau Veritas Consumer Product Services, Inc. (Bureau Veritas)
GRS Accredited United States http://te-inquiry@bureauveritas.com Global ANAB
CCS Accredited United States http://te-inquiry@bureauveritas.com Global ANAB
CCPB SRL (CCPB)
RCS Accredited Italy http://ccpb@ccpb.it Bangladesh; Italy; Pakistan; Turkey IOAS
OCS Accredited Italy http://ccpb@ccpb.it Bangladesh; Italy; Pakistan; Turkey IOAS
GRS Accredited Italy http://ccpb@ccpb.it Bangladesh; Italy; Pakistan; Turkey IOAS
CCS Accredited Italy http://ccpb@ccpb.it Bangladesh; Italy; Pakistan; Turkey IOAS
CERES Bulgaria EOOD (CERES)
RCS Accredited Bulgaria http://info@ceres-cert.de Global, including Bangladesh; China; India; Myanmar; Nepal; Turkey ANAB
OCS Accredited Bulgaria http://info@ceres-cert.de Global, including Bangladesh; China; India; Myanmar; Nepal; Turkey ANAB
GRS Accredited Bulgaria http://info@ceres-cert.de Global, including Bangladesh; China; India; Myanmar; Nepal; Turkey ANAB
CCS Accredited Bulgaria http://info@ceres-cert.de Global, including Bangladesh; China; India; Myanmar; Nepal; Turkey ANAB
Certificação de Têxteis e de Vestuário (CTV)
RCS Accredited Portugal http://geral@ctv-certificacao.pt Portugal; Spain IOAS
GRS Accredited Portugal http://geral@ctv-certificacao.pt Portugal; Spain IOAS
CCS Accredited Portugal http://geral@ctv-certificacao.pt Portugal; Spain IOAS
Clean Globe International (Pty) Ltd. (Clean Globe)
RCS Accredited Australia http://info@cleanglobeint.com Australia; Bangladesh; Canada; Indonesia; New Zealand; Sri Lanka; Thailand; Turkey; United States SLAB
OCS Accredited Australia http://info@cleanglobeint.com Australia; Bangladesh; Canada; Indonesia; New Zealand; Sri Lanka; Thailand; Turkey; United States SLAB

Accreditation

Certification bodies undergo an accreditation process with an authorized accreditation body (AB) and sign a licensing agreement with Textile Exchange. In some cases, Textile Exchange will grant a limited license for a certification body to conduct certification before the accreditation process is complete. Certification bodies may work globally or may be limited to specific countries.