Formal Indian Standards for Organic Textiles
The Indian Standards for Organic Textiles (ISOT) were formally launched on July 30, 2012 and they will be administrated by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry through their Agricultural Produce Export Development Authority (APEDA) in order that they will form part of the National Standards for Organic Production (NPOP)
ISOT Plans to extend the NPOP beyond cultivation and enhance it to processing. The growing of organic cotton in view to manufacturing, packaging and labelling will be under the jurisdiction of APEDA. It is provided that ISOT will be mandatory for all organic textiles being processed in India.
The standard was developed with the aim to secure a better integrity for Indian organic textiles and by strengthening the image of Indian organic products and by covering the entire production chain up to labelling and distribution.
If exporters are to comply with existing private standards such as GOTS and the OE standards in combination with IOTS they are concerned with the additional costs implied for certifications but recognise that, at the end of the day, the National Standard will add to the integrity of the industry.