Organic Content Standard (OCS)

Textile Exchange (formally known as Organic Exchange). In 2007 Organic Exchange developed the OE 100 and OE Blended standards to verify the organic cotton content claims on products. The standards established a system for tracking and documenting the purchase, handling and use of certified organic cotton fibres. Since then there has been a need for a broader organic standard that would support content claims for all organic inputs, not just cotton. To meet this need, Textile Exchange has developed the Organic Content Standard, based on the generic chain of custody requirements of the Content Claim Standard mentioned above.


The Organic Content Standard (OCS) applies to any non-food product containing 5-100% organic material. It verifies the presence and amount of organic material in a final product. It tracks the flow of a raw material from the source to the final product and this process is certified by an accredited third party. The Standard does not cover the certification of the raw material itself, nor does it address other inputs, environmental aspects of processing (such as energy, water or chemical use), any social issues or legal compliance.