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Eco- Textile Labelling Guide 201011 Obligatory textile standards National or regional obligatory standards for organic fibre only ( ie up to the farm gate) are described in the following pages. For the above main textile and clothing consumer markets by value, these are the EU: 834/ 2007 ( see page: 14) for the European Union member states, the USDA National Organic Program ( NOP) ( page: 16), for the USA, the new Canada Organic Regime ( page: 18) and the Japanese Agricultural Standard ( page: 20). India is now also developing its own organic standard through governmental body APEDA, which it hopes will provide for greater regulation of the Indian organic cotton sector which has grown rapidly but has been recently hampered by an alleged lack of transparency. Australia also has certain mandatory organic regulations. These legal labelling requirements apply in the country where the products are being sold. For example, if a shirt is made in China and sold in the USA, the label must comply with the laws of the U. S., which are set by the NOP. The product label must also comply with the marketing laws of the USA, set by the Federal Trade Commission ( FTC). Certification of textile products is carried out by accredited organisations ( pages: 42 - 54) against these national standards, and in respect of organic, the certifier must be a member of IFOAM ( the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements, see page: 13). IFOAM actively participates in international agricultural and environmental negotiations with the United Nations and multilateral institutions to further the interests of the organic agricultural movement worldwide. IFOAM also provides a market guarantee for the integrity of organic claims. The Organic Guarantee System ( OGS) unites the organic world through a common system of standards, verification and market identity. It fosters equivalence among participating IFOAM accredited certifiers, paving the way for more orderly and reliable trade, while acknowledging consumer trust in the organic ' brand'. Obligatory organic standards Here we give a snapshot of the main obligatory standards for organic textiles that must be adhered to if a product can be legally labelled as ' organic' in the major developed consumer markets of North America, Europe and Japan. Regional obligatory organic standards - fibre only European Union member statesEU 834/ 20071, page: 14 United StatesNOP, page: 16 JapanJAS, page: 20 CanadaCOR, page: 18

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