Audits & Certifications

Globalization has transformed the textile industry and created a need to certify the integrity, transparency and sustainability of textile production. Additionally, consumers want to know that any animals involved, such as geese and ducks, are treated ethically throughout the entire raising and food production process.

Since 1978, IDFL has been the global leader for quality assurance of filled textile products. In 2008, IDFL developed the first down and feather traceability audit system, and continues to be the global leader in auditing and testing for filled textiles.

IDFL conducts on-site visits and documentation reviews to verify supplier traceability and social, chemical, environmental and animal welfare. Click below to learn details about each of the certifications currently offered by IDFL.

DOWNPASS Standard

The aim of DOWNPASS is to ensure that the worldwide demand for down and feathers can be met from ethical sources. Companies, including down and feather suppliers and brand names, may apply to join DOWNPASS. Member companies that comply with the association audit requirements may use the DOWNPASS label.

Requirements

DOWNPASS currently has two standards:

  • DOWNPASS 2016: This is a modular standard including a guarantee of no live-plucking and basic traceability compliance. Optional modules include a guarantee of no force-feeding and traceability to the farm or parent farm.
  • DOWNPASS 2017: This is a zero tolerance standard including the monitoring of breeding conditions, traceability back to the breeding area, quality checks of filling material by accredited testing institutes and no moult harvesting, live-plucking, force-feeding, or parallel production at the farm level.

Additional Resources

  • The DOWNPASS application form is available here.
  • For questions about the application process, contact audits@idfl.com.
  • Visit downpass.com for more information about DOWNPASS standards or click here for a directory of DOWNPASS members.

EDFA Traceability Standard

The European Down and Feather Association (EDFA), founded in 1980 and headquartered in Mainz, Germany, is made up of more than 90 companies and national organizations from 23 countries. Companies, including down and feather suppliers and brand names, may apply to join the EDFA.

Aims

The aim of the EDFA is to defend consumer interests and animal welfare. Members of the EDFA strictly condemn live-plucking and are committed to a documentary traceability system and code of conduct stipulating that no down or feathers are harvested in a manner that inflicts pain on animals.

Scope

The EDFA Traceability Standard serves as a basis for establishing a system capable of obtaining information on the harvesting of down and feathers, and covers their harvesting globally. This standard is a way for companies to publicly align themselves with the ethical harvesting of down and feathers.

Additional Resources

  • The EDFA Traceability application form is available here.
  • For questions about the application process, contact audits@idfl.com.
  • For more information about EDFA, visit edfa.eu.

Global Recycled Standard (GRS)

Aims

The aim of the Global Recycled Standard (GRS) is to increase the use of recycled materials.

The Standard has six objectives: (1) aligning definitions of "recycled" across multiple applications, (2) tracking and tracing recycled input materials, (3) providing customers with a tool to make informed decisions, (4) reducing the harmful impact of production on people and the environment, (5) providing assurance that materials in a final product are recycled and processed sustainably and (6) driving innovation in addressing quality issues related to the use of recycled materials.

Requirements

The selected materials and products will be evaluated based upon requirements in the following areas:

  • Recycling
  • Supply Chain
  • Social
  • Environmental
  • Chemical

Scope

Applicants may choose the types of recycled materials they want to have audited. Common recycled materials include down and feathers, PET, filament, yarn/thread and fabric. Applicant companies, such as brands and manufacturers, may select the final products they would like to have audited. A complete list of products and product categories can be found here.

Additional Resources

  • The GRS application form is available here.
  • For questions about the application process, contact audits@idfl.com.
  • Visit TextileExchange.org for more information about the Global Recycled Standard or click here for a directory of all GRS certified companies.

IDFL Down Standard

Aims

The aim of the IDFL Down Standard (IDS) is to verify that down and feather products are ethically sourced. It allows processors, trade companies and manufacturers to demonstrate their ability to provide ethically produced materials and helps retailers and brands confirm their suppliers are producing materials ethically.

Requirements

IDS combines the most frequently requested IDFL Traceability Audit System options in one complete standard. The IDS maintains the following fixed set of requirements for each link in the supply chain:

  • General operations        
  • Traceability
  • No live-plucking
  • No force-feeding
  • Animal welfare
  • Basic human welfare
  • Corporate responsibility

Scope

IDS must begin at the raising farm or the parent farm, and is appropriate for both industrial supply chains and collector-based supply chains. While IDS is a supplier certification, traceability verification for specific purchase orders or products can be completed separately and is recommended for best practices.

Applicants may choose the types of products they intend to have audited. Companies such as down processors and trade companies that deal with bulk materials often choose white and/or grey down and feathers from ducks and/or geese. Companies such as manufacturers and brand names that deal in final products frequently select apparel and home textile products. Other products may include any non-textile use of down and feathers in a consumer product.

Additional Resources

  • The IDS application for is available here.
  • For questions about the application process, contact audits@idfl.com.

J-TAS

The Japan Bedding Goods Association (JBA) has organized the JBA Traceability Audit System (J-TAS) to identify the origin of down and feathers. Brands and manufacturers within Japan should attach a label displaying the country of origin to their bedding products.

Aims

The aim of the J-TAS is to create a traceability audit system that (1) enables traceability from end products to the origin of the down and feathers, (2) promises consumers reliability when purchasing down and feather bedding goods and (3) contributes to JBA members, related organizations and the vitalization of the industry.

Requirements

Receiving J-TAS approval requires completing the following process:

  • Admission to the J-TAS Association: The application can be completed online at this link. The J-TAS is only applicable to bedding manufacturers and other entities involved in the sourcing and processing of virgin down and feathers.
    • Outside of Japan, J-TAS may be applied to procurement traders of raw materials or down and feather processors.
    • Within Japan, J-TAS may be applied to importers, producers of down and feather products, or labelers.
  • Certification: After establishing membership in the J-TAS Association, an audit according to J-TAS standards must be conducted. IDFL is the only organization authorized to preform J-TAS audits for entities outside of Japan, and will conduct the audit according to the process outlined below this table.
  • Confirmation: Once certification is completed, the applicant company will forward the certificate and audit report to the J-TAS association for final review and confirmation. After receiving final approval, the applicant will be added to the list of J-TAS approved companies.

Additional Resources

  • The IDFL J-TAS application form (to be submitted after acceptance into the J-TAS Association) is available here.
  • For questions about the application process, contact audits@idfl.com.

Organic Content Standard (OCS)

Aims

The aim of the Organic Content Standard (OCS) is to increase organic agriculture production and is intended for use with any product that contains at least 5% organically grown material. The objectives of the standard are to (1) provide the industry with the tools to verify the organically grown content of purchased product, (2) provide companies with a tool to communicate organically grown content claims to the industry and (3) provide organic farmers with access to the global organic market.

Requirements

Applicants may choose the type of products they wish to have audited according to the following requirements:

  • Supply chain criteria as defined in the Content Claim Standard-101 (CCS)
  • Claimed material

Scope

OCS has two different scopes, one for farms and another for supply chain companies. IDFL performs OCS certifications for supply chain companies only, including any processing, manufacturing or textile companies.

Additional Resources

  • The OCS application form is available here.
  • For questions about the application process, contact audits@idfl.com.
  • Visit TextileExchange.org for more information on the Organic Content Standard or click here for a directory of all OCS certified companies.

Recycled Claim Standard (RCS)

Aims

The aim of the Recycled Claim Standard (RCS) is to increase the use of recycled materials and is intended for use with any product that contains at least 5% recycled material.

The standard has four objectives: (1) aligning definitions of recycled across multiple applications, (2) tracking and tracing recycled input materials, (3) providing customers with a tool to make informed decisions and (4) providing assurance that materials in a final product are recycled.

Requirements

All selected materials and products will be evaluated from the recycling state to the last seller in the final business-to-business transaction based upon requirements in the following areas:

  • Recycled material
  • Supply chain

Scope

Applicants may choose the types of recycled materials they want to have audited. Common recycled materials include down and feathers, PET, filament, yarn/thread and fabric. Applicant companies, such as brands and manufacturers, may select the final products they would like to have audited. A complete list of products and product categories can be found here.

Additional Resources

  • The RCS application form is available here.
  • For questions about the application process, contact audits@idfl.com.
  • Visit TextileExchange.org for more information about the Recycled Claim Standard or click here for a directory of all RCS certified companies.

Responsible Down Standard (RDS)

Aims

The aim of the Responsible Down Standard (RDS) is to ensure that the waterfowl in the down supply chain are treated humanely. This is accomplished by providing the industry with a tool to verify that down and feathers do not come from animals what have been subjected to any unnecessary harm and by instituting a chain of custody system to validate the source of the material.

Requirements

IDFL is an approved certification body for all six modules composing the standard:

  • Farm module
  • Slaughter module
  • Transport module
  • Small Farmer Group module (SFG)
  • Textile Exchange Content Claim Standard
  • Parent farm certification (optional)

Scope

The RDS is applicable for collector-based channels of both industrial and small farms. The standard may apply to both blended and 100% certified products, however final products may only be labeled as RDS certified if the down and feathers are 100% certified.

Applicants may choose the types of products they intend to have audited. Companies such as down processors and trade companies that deal with bulk materials often select the white and/or grey down and feathers from ducks and/or geese. A full list of raw materials can be found here. Companies, such as manufacturers and brand names, that deal with final products frequently select apparel and home textile products. A full list of products and product categories can be found here.

Additional Resources

  • The RDS application form is available here.
  • For questions about the application process, contact audits@idfl.com.
  • Visit TextileExchange.org for more information about the Responsible Down Standard or click here for a directory of all RDS certified companies.

Responsible Wool Standard (RWS)

Aims

The aim of the Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) is to address the welfare of sheep and the land they graze on. The objectives of the standard are to (1) provide the industry with a tool to recognize farmer's best practices, (2) ensure wool comes from farms with responsible land management and (3) practice holistic respect for the animal welfare of the sheep.

Requirements

The RWS requires all sites from farms through the final business to business seller to be certified. Farms are certified according to animal welfare, land management and social modules. All other stages of the supply chain are certified according to Content Claim Standard requirements.

Scope

RWS has two different scopes, one for farms and another for supply chain companies. IDFL performs RWS certifications for supply chain companies only, including any processing, manufacturing or textile companies.

Additional Resources

  • The RWS application form is available here.
  • For questions about the application process, contact audits@idfl.com.
  • Visit TextileExchange.org for more information on the Responsible Wool Standard or click here for a directory of all RWS certified companies.

Audit and Certification Process

Application

Fill out the appropriate application form and submit it to the IDFL office you intend to work with. The Regional Audit Offices and associated Office Managers are listed below:

Application Review

After receiving your application, IDFL will review it and verify that all necessary information is included.

Quote and Agreement

IDFL will provide a quote for the certification services and issue an agreement. The client must review and sign the agreement before the audit can proceed.

Pre-Audit Documentation

IDFL will provide a document checklist and system plan via an online service account. please take time to understand the standard requirements prior to the audit. Thorough preparation can save auditing time and reduce certification costs.

On-Site Evaluation

IDFL will audit the applicant's facilities, documents and procedures according to the requirements of the standard.

Corrective Actions

Upon completion of the audit, a non-compliance report will be issued to the organization. Any required corrective actions must be completed within a specified time frame.

Award Certification

IDFL will grant the certification, which will be valid for the period of time specified by the standard.

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