Soil Association is a charity based in the United Kingdom and founded in 1946. Today they have almost 30000 members. It developed the world's first organic certification system in 1967 – standards which have since widened to encompass agriculture, aquaculture, ethical trade, food processing, forestry, health & beauty, horticulture and textiles.
The Soil Association carries out work certifying products as organic in the following areas:
- Organic farming
Organic food processing
- Organic restaurants and catering
- Organic fisheries
- Organic textiles and leather
- Organic health and beauty
The Soil Association played also a leading role in the development of the Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS).