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recognized internationally or a nationally valid legal character Substances and preparations having restrictions in usage for application in textiles with a recognized internationally or a nationally valid legal character. This concerns substances that are in the list or candidate list of substances of very high concern for authorization (REACH Regulation EC 1907/2006 and further amendments) In general, all Inputs that are classi fi ed with speci fi c hazard statements (risk phrases) related to a list of health hazards and environmental hazards Inputs that are bioaccumulative and not rapidly degradable All preparations applied must further comply with requirements concerning oral toxicity, aquatic toxicity, and the relationship of biodegradability/eliminability. Although all the above inputs are forbidden, certain amounts of residues are accepted (e.g. due to unavoidable contamination). All chemical inputs intended to be used to process GOTS goods are subject to approval by a GOTS-approved certi fi er prior to their usage. Preparations must have been evaluated and their trade names registered on approved lists prior to their usage. GOTS issues a positive list of textile auxiliary agents (chemical inputs) containing the trade names of applied preparations that have been found to be compliant with the criteria of this standard. For all chemical inputs (substances and preparations), a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) prepared according to an applicable recognized norm or directive must be available. All stages through the supply chain (from spinning to retail) must be established so as to ensure that organic and conventional fi bers are not com- mingled and that organic fi bers and GOTS goods are not contaminated by contact with prohibited substances. GOTS has restrictions concerning all textile processes. This includes oils in spinning, weaving and knitting, and sizing agents. The most demanding restrictions concern the wet processing stages. In terms of pretreatment, apart from the use of allowed chemical auxiliaries, only oxygen-based bleaches are allowed and Ecolabels and Organic Certi fi cation for Textile Products 189
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mercerization is only accepted if alkali baths are recycled. Ammonia treatment and chlorination of wool are prohibited. For dyeing and printing, there are many restrictions on dyes and pigments, as well as printing processes. For fi nishing, apart from all the restrictions mentioned above, prohibited in general is the use of synthetic inputs for antimicrobial fi nishing (including bio- cides), coating, fi lling and stiffening, lustering and matting, as well as weighting. Garment fi nishing methods that are considered to be harmful to the workers (e.g. sandblasting of denim) are prohibited. GOTS includes speci fi c requirements for additional fi ber materials and acces- sories present in the fi nal product. GOTS also established additional speci fi c requirements for textile personal care products.
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