The purpose of the Organic Content Standard (OCS) is to provide confidence in organic content claims. OCS achieves this goal by verifying the amount and presence of organic material in the final product. It provides a strong supply chain management system through certification from organic raw material source to final product. It allows transparent, consistent and comprehensive independent evaluation and verification of claims of organic material content on products by an accredited third-party certification body. As an inter-agency tool, OCS can be used to verify whether products from companies actually contain organic material.

The standard does not cover the certification of raw materials in the field. This will be verified independently of production process certification. It also does not include process inputs (eg chemicals), environmental conditions (such as energy, water use), social issues, safety issues or legal compliance. processors, manufacturers, brands and retailers, traders, certification bodies and organizations that support organic initiatives.

OCS is a voluntary standard established by Textile Exchange and does not intend to change the legal or regulatory requirements of any country. It is the responsibility of each operation to prove that they comply with all applicable laws and regulations relating to marketing, employment and commercial practices. Where local legislation and OCS requirements conflict, the certification body should contact the Textile Exchange (TE) to find the most practical solution. In case of confusion in the interpretation of the standard, the first contact point should be the certification body, the certification body will contact the Textile Exchange to further clarify.

Textile Exchange is a non-profit, member-supported international organization established in 2003 under its original name Organic Exchange. The mission of Textile Exchange is to inspire and assist people in increasing sustainable practices in the textile value chain.