Accreditation

Accreditation

Textile Exchange uses a third-party accreditation system combined with a licensing agreement to recognize certification bodies for each standard. This page is written for certification bodies and accreditation bodies. If you are a company who would like to become certified to a Textile Exchange standard, please visit the certification bodies page.

Under the Textile Exchange accreditation system, each certification body is independently accredited by an authorized accreditation body. ASR 101 Accreditation and Certification Procedures is the main document which defines requirements for certification bodies and accreditation bodies. Please see this document for further details on the application process.

Steps to Become an Accredited Certification Body:

Please note that Textile Exchange is not accepting open applications from certification bodies (CB) until July 2022 at the earliest. Therefore, if you are interested in applying, please check back with us in the new year.

  1. Determine which accreditation body you will work with. Textile Exchange recommends that certification bodies reach out to their preferred accreditation body prior to applying to Textile Exchange.
  2. Before the accreditation body can begin their work, you are required to submit a completed application to Textile Exchange for approval (ASR-206 Certification Body Application Form – available upon request).
  3. Upon receipt of the application, Textile Exchange will issue an invoice for the application fee (see ASR-107 Certification Fee Structure). Payment of this fee is due upon receipt of the invoice.
  4. Upon receipt of payment, Textile Exchange can begin the review of the application. Please note that applications will not be reviewed until payment has been received and reviews occur only on a periodic basis (e.g. bi-weekly or monthly).
  5. Once an application is complete and the certification body has demonstrated suitable qualifications, Textile Exchange will provisionally accept the application.
  6. Upon recommendation from the accreditation body, Textile Exchange will typically issue a limited grace period to a certification body which is in the accreditation process.

For more information about accreditation, please fill out our contact form.

Authorized Accreditation Bodies

Accreditation Body Home Country Contact Information Authorized Standards
IOAS United States/Global info@ioas.org CCS
OCS
RCS
GRS
RDS
RAF
ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) United States ehinton@anab.org, rfigueiredo@anab.org CCS
OCS
RCS
GRS
RDS
RAF
COFRAC France https://www.cofrac.fr/en/home CCS
OCS
RCS
DAkkS Germany https://www.dakks.de/en  CCS
OCS
RCS
SLAB Sri Lanka http://slab.lk/ CCS
OCS
RCS
GRS
RDS
RAF
TAF Taiwan https://www.taftw.org.tw/wSite/mp?mp=2  CCS
OCS
RCS
GRS
RDS
RAF
IAJapan Japan rep-iajapan@nite.go.jp CCS (China, Japan)
GRS (Japan)
RCS (Japan)
OCS (Japan)

Authorization of Accreditation Bodies

Textile Exchange is willing to consider applications from other internationally recognized accreditation bodies such as signatories of the IAF Multilateral Agreement. Accreditation bodies are required to submit ASR-207 Accreditation Body Application Form and supporting documentation for consideration.

Textile Exchange will not accept a certification body application unless the application nominates an authorized accreditation body.

Fees

Textile Exchange charges certification bodies an application fee, an annual licensing fee per standard, and a set fee per scope certificate based on the number of sites and/or audit days. Full details are found in ASR-107 Certification Fee Schedule.

There are no fees for accreditation bodies.