European Certifying Bodies
There are a number of certifying bodies broadly accepted in the European Union and non-member European nations.
- ECOCERT (France): Ecocert is a private organization that has established standards for natural and organic cosmetics. The standards require specified percentages for “natural” (95% organic ingredients) and “natural and organic” (90% organic ingredients) and were designed to encourage a sustainable and organic model for the cosmetics industry, from production to ingredients to packaging.
For more information on ECOCERT Standards:ECOCERT Standards for Natural and Organic Cosmetics
- BDIH (Germany):The Association of German Industrial and Trade Firms (BDIH) developed comprehensive guidelines for the production of “Certified Natural Cosmetics” – or CNS. The aim of the BDIH Standard is to define the term natural cosmetics in a factually correct and comprehensible way and to create transparency to benefit the consumer. In addition, it is intended to allow fair competition between the manufacturers and distributors of natural cosmetics. The standard specifies requirements relating to how the ingredients used in the cosmetics should be obtained and produced and to the way they are processed. This takes particular account of the concerns of animal welfare and species protection. Products bearing the CNS seal contain natural raw materials that must be obtained from controlled cultivation or certified wild collection.
For more information:LINK to BDIH Standards Site
- Soil Association (UK):In the United Kingdom, organic food and beauty products must meet the same standards: if an ingredient is available organically, that ingredient MUST be obtained from an organic source. Non-organic ingredients must meet strict criteria before the product formula can be approved by the Soil Association, which, in addition to approving product labels and formulas, is also responsible for inspecting every manufacturing facility on an annual basis.
For more information on SA Standards:SA Health and Beauty Standards
Requirements and standards for cosmetic products have been standardized in many countries, most notably the European Union, where sweeping changes and documentation requirements went into effect in July of 2013.
For details and links to information about the new regulations, please refer to:European Union Cosmetic Regulations as of July 2013