The new certification is a result of Europe’s leading natural cosmetic certifiers coming together and forming a non-profit association, COSMOS-standard AISBL. The COSMOS-standard association consists of five founding members who now authorize and oversee the certification, including the Soil Association (UK), Ecocert (France), Cosmebio (France), BDIH (Germany) and AIAB/ICEA (Italy). All current licensees and members of the founding partners are able to apply for product certification. In April it is expected that other certification bodies can apply for accreditation to use the standard.
The new Standard applies to cosmetic products marketed as organic or natural. The certification process will inspect a range of criteria in the following categories:
The standard goes beyond analyzing ingredients used to formulate the final product. It takes a comprehensive approach to natural and organic certification involving a review of the product’s total environmental and human impact.
Combined, the founding members represent over 1,400 certified cosmetic brands and more than 24,000 products sold in over 40 countries world-wide. The first products certified to these new standards are due to hit shelves in spring/summer 2011.
COSMOS-standard certified products will be labeled with the signature “COSMOS ORGANIC” or “COSMOS NATURAL”, depending on their certification level, in conjunction with the seal of the certification body involved. To get COSMOS ORGANIC certification, 95 percent of a product’s agro-ingredients and 20 percent of the entire product must be organic.
Under the new COSMOS-standard existing schemes run by the founding members will cease to certify new product according to their own standards as of December 2014. This transition period gives the opportunity for the founder members to phase out their standards over time, allowing their licensees to re-formulate products should this prove necessary.
For more information read the COSMOS-standard here.