Addressing the excesses and failures of current developments is a key challenge for our society.
Establishing a “sustainable development” that would reconcile economic progress, social responsibility and maintain the natural balance of the planet is a project in which the cosmetics sector is willing to be fully involved. The application of the principles of sustainable development in economic activity implies however changing patterns of production and changing consumption practices. Recognising these challenges, the responsibility of its actors, the organic and natural cosmetics sector clearly shows its ambition to go further in sustainable development with the setting at the European and international level of a new standard for organic and natural cosmetics.
The COSMOS-standard is a new cosmetic certification developed to harmonize various certifications and labels in order to create one standard that is internationally recognized for natural and organic cosmetics.
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. 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:
• Origin and processing of ingredients
• Composition of total product
• Storage, manufacturing and packaging
• Environmental management
• Labeling and communication
• Inspection, certification and control.
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.