Eurofins’ organic cotton identification service passes ISO/IWA 32:2019 proficiency test
The Organic Cotton Identification Service from Eurofins Softlines & Leather and Eurofins GeneScan has received global recognition by passing the first-of-its-kind proficiency test of ISO/ IWA 32:2019 standard ‘Screening of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in cotton and textiles.
The proficiency test was organised by Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), the Organic Cotton Accelerator (OCA) and Textile Exchange.
ISO/ IWA 32:2019 is the recognised standard for GMO testing in the cotton supply chain developed by GOTS, OCA, and Textile Exchange. Eurofins GeneScan, a GMO-testing laboratory located in Freiburg, Germany, participated in the initial workshop for the standard, using the insights and experience gained in GMO analysis of cotton and textiles over several years.
For cotton to be regarded as organic, it is essential not only to verify the use of conventional non-GMO lines, but also the absence of synthetic pesticides and hazardous chemicals. Eurofins’ Organic Cotton Identification Services offers testing solutions for both. GMO testing according to ISO/ IWA 32:2019 is carried out by Eurofins GeneScan, and analysis of over 200 pesticides and 250 hazardous chemicals is delivered by the Eurofins Softlines & Leather Technical Competence Centre in Alicante, Spain.
For those who would like further information, Eurofins is organising a free webinar about organic cotton testing on 15 April in two different time slots.