Monday, February 21, 2011Sector

The COSMOS-Standard has arrived!


Since the time we waited, it was necessary that day comes. The announcement is official: the COSMOS-Standard certification program was launched. We should see the first signs on the labels of our products within the next few weeks.

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The beginning of the presse release received today by CosmeticsOBS has all of a birth announcement: “The founders of COSMOS-Standard AISBL, the International non-profit Association whose object is to offer an internationally recognized standard for organic and natural cosmetics, are pleased to announce the opening of application processes for the Cosmos-standard. This will concern certification to the new standard and membership of Cosmos-standard AISBL”.
Clearly, this is it: the first certifications meeting this new standard can start, manufacturers that already meet the new criteria requirement will be able to undertake the action to affix the label to their products.

What is COSMOS-Standard?

This is the result of long negotiations among key stakeholders in the natural and organic cosmetic industry in Europe. Begun in 2002, headed the German BDIH, French Association Cosmébio, Ecocert, Italian ICEA and the British Soil Association, it has finally come to give birth to a new standard dated January 31, 2011.

What is going to change for the manufacturers?

For now, not much. If they are already part of a national association (such as Cosmébio in France) and their products are conform to the new standard, they may seek to benefit through their national bodies… which …

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