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Although GOTS does not speci fi cally require that the companies have an environmental management certi fi ed system, a written environmental policy is required, as well all procedures and data, especially in terms of wet processing units. Full records must be kept on the use of chemicals, energy, water consump- tion, and wastewater treatment, including the disposal of sludge. In particular, companies must continuously measure and monitor wastewater temperature, wastewater pH, and sediment quantities. There are speci fi c requirements concerning water discharges (chemical oxygen demand, pH, and temperature). There are also requirements for storage, packaging, and transport, namely in terms of the pre- vention of contamination and restrictions concerning packaging materials. One of the main requirements that are taken into account by GOTS auditors are recordkeeping and internal quality assurance. Companies must have effective documented control systems and records that enable the following to be traced: The origin, nature, and quantities of organic and additional (raw) materials, accessories, and inputs that have been delivered to the unit, including transac- tion certi fi cates for organic fi bers The fl ow of goods within the unit (processing/manufacturing steps performed, recipes used, and stock quantities) The composition of manufactured products The nature, quantities, and consignees of GOTS goods that have left the unit Any other information that may be required for the purposes of proper inspection of the operation Records relevant to the inspection must be kept for at least 5 years. GOTS also includes some technical quality parameters, such as the following: Color fastness: rubbing (dry ad wet), perspiration (alkaline and acid), light, washing (in general at 60 ° C, at 30 ° C for animal fi bers) and saliva (for baby and children s clothing) Dimensional changes after washing (in general at 60 ° C, at 30 ° C for animal fi bers) Social criteria are also very important for GOTS. These criteria are nearly as strict as those in the SA 8000 standard. They must be respected in the entire textile supply chain. 190 L. Almeida
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In terms of a quality assurance system, processors, manufacturers, and traders of GOTS goods must participate in the GOTS certi fi cation procedure, which is based on an on-site annual inspection cycle (including possible additional unannounced inspections based on a risk assessment of the operations). They must hold a valid certi fi cate of compliance listing the certi fi ed products/product categories and the processing, manufacturing, and trading activities that are quali fi ed under the scope of certi fi cation (including the names of subcontractors assigned and their relevant processing and manufacturing steps). The companies must perform a risk assessment, and the quantity of residues and technical quality parameters must be tested. The testing frequency, type, and number of samples are to be established according to the risk assessment. Samples for residue testing may also be taken by the inspector during the required on-site
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