The Global Organic Textile Standard – or GOTS – has named former Control Union Certifications executive, Lori Wyman, as its North American representative.

Wyman, who served as senior auditor at the third-party certification body, has worked as an inspector to textile programmes for over ten years, including in the membership and marketing departments of the Organic Trade Association (OTA).

In her new role, Wyman will be responsible for strengthening the visibility of the GOTS programme, a voluntary global standard for the entire post-harvest processing (including spinning, knitting, weaving, dyeing and manufacturing) of apparel made with organic fibre such as cotton and wool.

Earlier this year GOTS said it was stepping up its efforts to clamp down on what it says are "rampant" mislabelling and false 'organic' claims in the apparel sector.

GOTS gets tough on false organic fibre claims

GOTS, which last year certified more than 3,800 facilities in 68 countries, was developed by the Organic Trade Association (US), Japan Organic Cotton Association, International Association Natural Textile Industry (Germany), and Soil Association (UK), and its operating unit is the Global-Standard gemeinnützige GmbH.