About IWTO

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IWTO is the recognized global authority for standards in the wool textile industry. Since 1930, IWTO has represented the interests of the global wool trade.

Our membership encompasses the entire wool textile pipeline, from farm to retail. By facilitating research and development, wool textile education and knowledge sharing, IWTO ensures a sustainable future for wool.



  • The annual IWTO Congress – a key event for the global wool textile industry
  • Publishing wool trade standards, arbitration rules and wool production and market statistics
  • Coordinating research on key topics such as sustainability, sheep welfare and biosecurity
  • Liaising with governments, NGOs and other stakeholders on topics of joint concern
  • Providing a platform for projects of interest to the global wool industry 
  • Licensing laboratories around the world to ensure that wool is tested to the highest standards

Learn more: how to join IWTO.

Check out our annual events.

Watch our latest video about where wool comes from and its many uses.