Organic Content Standard (OCS)

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Organic Content Standard (OCS)

What is the OCS?

The Organic Content Standard (OCS) is an international, voluntary standard that sets requirements for third-party certification of certified organic input and chain of custody. The goal of the OCS is to increase organic agriculture production.

Objectives of the OCS

  • Provide the industry with a tool to verify the organically grown content of the products they purchase. 
  • Provide companies with a trusted tool to communicate organically grown content claims to the industry. 
  • Provide organic fiber farmers with broad access to the global organic market for their products.

Learn more about the benefits of organic agriculture at AboutOrganicCotton.org.

Key Points in the OCS

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Verifying Organic Content

Only material from certified organic farms (under one of IFOAM’s Family of Standards) is accepted to the OCS.
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Chain of Custody

Certification ensures that the identity of the organic content is maintained: from the farm to the final product.
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Credible Certification

A professional, third party certification body audits each stage in the supply chain.
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Confident Communication

Products that meet all requirements may be labelled with the OCS logo.
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Stakeholder Engagement

The OCS is managed with the input of producers, suppliers, and brands and retailers from all parts of the globe.

Tools and Support

In this section you will find tools and resources to help with the process of implementing the OCS. If you can’t find what you are looking for here, or would like to access previous versions, please contact us directly.

OCS Documents

None available at this time.

We want to help you communicate about your use of the OCS. Check out the resources below for the information you’re looking for.

OCS Quick Guide – Talking points for the use of organic content in your products and what is covered by the OCS.

It may seem like a daunting task to undertake a full supply chain standard. It’s important to know as much as possible before you get started. The documents below are designed to get you started on the path to certifying your supply chain, or getting certified yourself.

Supplier Certification Toolkit

GMO Screening of Organic Cotton

In this section you will find tools and resources to help with the process of implementing the OCS. If you can’t find what you are looking for here, or would like to access previous versions, please contact us directly.

OCS Documents

None available at this time.

We want to help you communicate about your use of the OCS. Check out the resources below for the information you’re looking for.

OCS Quick Guide – Talking points for the use of organic content in your products and what is covered by the OCS.

It may seem like a daunting task to undertake a full supply chain standard. It’s important to know as much as possible before you get started. The documents below are designed to get you started on the path to certifying your supply chain, or getting certified yourself.

Brand & Retailer Certification Toolkit

History of the OCS

The first version of the OCS was released in March 2018. The OCS 3.0 revision process began in 2019, and the updated standard was published on March 1, 2020. You can read more about our revision process in the Development Hub.

View the OCS 3.0 Consultation Feedback Summary for a summary of comments received during the Public Stakeholder Review period.

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