Natural and Organic Standards Worldwide Increase

cosmebioNatural and cosmetic standards are becoming more and more popular and as this occurs, the amount of standards available grows as well.  Cosmetic manufacturers, formulators and ingredient companies are asking what differences there are between these many standards available and the technical implementations of adoption.

Organic Monitor has worked on a report called Techinical Insights. It was created to eliminate doubts and help companies distinguish between all the natural and organic options out there. The Technical Insights report focuses on the technical, formulation nod ingredient issues involved.

This report gives specific information about the major standards available inEurope, North AMerica, Asia-Pacific and other regions. Some of the standards mentioned are Ecocert, Cosmebio, Soil Association, BDIH, ICEA, OASIS, NSF, NPA as well s regional and international initiatives such as Cosmos and NaTrue.

For companies looking to adopt natural and organic cometic standards. It gives companies accurate information on the standards at hand helping them make the right decision. Eliminates the risks of manufacturing natural and organic cosmetic products. The report also gives information on the allowed and prohibited ingredients, chemical processes and raw materials issues. Addiitionally, the leading natural cosmetic standards and organic cosmetic standards in each region and worldwide are compared.

Apparently Europe is the front runner when it comes to adopting standards, having two thirds of their natural and organic cosmetics already certified. The two top standards are Ecocert and BDIH, considering their high demands to obtain such certifications. In the United States there´s a very particular situation in which in the last 18 months many standards have been introduced but very few products have been certified, approximately 5 percent of natural and organic cosmetics according to the Organic Monitor.

The main standard in the U.S. is the National Products Association (NPA) with its “made with organic” standard expected to become more popular as soon as certifications begin. The USDA NOP standard, widely known for its organic food products, has become an alternative for the lack of organic cosmetic certifications. The USDA certification is only used when the natural or organic cosmetic product contains a food-grade ingredient.

Latin America and Asia-Pacific are also making an effort to introduce natural and organic cosmetic standards, but rates are extremely low. Countries in these areas prefer to export their products, leading them to prefer European based standards. Ecocert, a widely used standard is preferred by countries like Japan, Malaysia and Brazil.

In Malaysia, for example,  the Buds Cherished Organics brand has reported growth in sales after getting the Ecocert certification. Manufactured by the MAlaysian company I-Green, it is the first Asian company to produce organic certified baby care products. Now, I-Green is considering exporting their product to neighboring Asian companies and Europe, as well as considering the possibility of certifying more of their products.

With this situation the United States risks losing its positioning in the Asian market with brands such as Nature’s Gate and Aveda. Although these products are extremely popular they lack natural and organic certifications. With so few AMerican brands and companies that have not adopted natural and organic standards yet.

Organic Monitor also takes on a critical review of new regional and international initiatives such as Cosmos and NaTrue. The Cosmos standard is programmed to be implemented in January 2010. It has been developed over seven years of negotiations between kneading certification agencies in Europe. When launched it is expected to become a milestone for the European natural cosmetics industry.

Cosmos is expected to be an up-and-coming standard in /europe but it faces competition when placed next to NaTrue. Over 150 products have been certified by NaTrue since the standard was launched a year ago.

Natural and Organic standards don’t only hep companies but they also help customers. If the natural and organic cosmetic industry is clear on the importance of having their products appropriately certified, then customers can out their biggest fears aside when purchasing products with natural and organic labels on them.

Natural and organic standards are becoming more and more popular and as this occurs, the amount of standards available grows as well.  Cosmetic manufacturers, formulators and ingredient companies are asking what differences there are between these many standards available and the technical implementations of adoption.

Organic Monitor has worked on a report called Technical Insights. It was created to eliminate doubts and help companies distinguish between all the natural and organic options out there. The Technical Insights report focuses on the technical, formulation nod ingredient issues involved.

This report gives specific information about the major standards available in Europe, North America, Asia-Pacific and other regions. Some of the standards mentioned are Ecocert, Cosmebio, Soil Association, BDIH, ICEA, OASIS, NSF, NPA as well s regional and international initiatives such as Cosmos and NaTrue.

For companies looking to adopt natural and organic cosmetic standards. It gives companies accurate information on the standards at hand helping them make the right decision. Eliminates the risks of manufacturing natural and organic cosmetic products. The report also gives information on the allowed and prohibited ingredients, chemical processes and raw materials issues. Additionally, the leading natural cosmetic standards and organic cosmetic standards in each region and worldwide are compared.

Apparently Europe is the front runner when it comes to adopting standards, having two thirds of their natural and organic cosmetics already certified. The two top standards are Ecocert and BDIH, considering their high demands to obtain such certifications. In the United States there´s a very particular situation in which in the last 18 months many standards have been introduced but very few products have been certified, approximately 5 percent of natural and organic cosmetics according to the Organic Monitor.

The main standard in the U.S. is the National Products Association (NPA) with its “made with organic” standard expected to become more popular as soon as certifications begin. The USDA NOP standard, widely known for its organic food products, has become an alternative for the lack of organic cosmetic certifications. The USDA certification is only used when the natural or organic cosmetic product contains a food-grade ingredient.

Latin America and Asia-Pacific are also making an effort to introduce natural and organic cosmetic standards, but rates are extremely low. Countries in these areas prefer to export their products, leading them to prefer European based standards. Ecocert, a widely used standard is preferred by countries like Japan, Malaysia and Brazil.

In Malaysia, for example,  the Buds Cherished Organics brand has reported growth in sales after getting the Ecocert certification. Manufactured by the Malaysian company I-Green, it is the first Asian company to produce organic certified baby care products. Now, I-Green is considering exporting their product to neighboring Asian companies and Europe, as well as considering the possibility of certifying more of their products.

With this situation the United States risks losing its positioning in the Asian market with brands such as Nature’s Gate and Aveda. Although these products are extremely popular they lack natural and organic certifications. With so few AMerican brands and companies that have not adopted natural and organic standards yet

Organic Monitor also takes on a critical review of new regional and international initiatives such as Cosmos and NaTrue. The Cosmos standard is programmed to be implemented in January 2010. It has been developed over seven years of negotiations between kneading certification agencies in Europe. When launched it is expected to become a milestone for the European natural cosmetics industry.

Cosmos is expected to be an up-and-coming standard in /europe but it faces competition when placed next to NaTrue. Over 150 products have been certified by NaTrue since the standard was launched a year ago.

Natural and Organic standards don’t only hep companies but they also help customers. If the natural and organic cosmetic industry is clear on the importance of having their products appropriately certified, then customers can out their biggest fears aside when purchasing products with natural and organic labels on them.

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