COSMOS & ECOCERT
The COSMOS Standard ECOCERT
COSMOS-standard, represents the newly introduced standardized certification for cosmetics. The ideology behind was to harmonize various availed certifications and then construct one standard certification which would be internationally identified and represented as a recognition for natural and organic cosmetics. Officially launched on February 2011, the “Cosmetic Organic Standard”, attains a non-profit association with Europe’s leading certifiers, titled as COSMOS standard AISBL. COSMOS-standard association comprises of 5 founding members who now regulate and oversee the certification, also incorporating the Soil Association (UK), Ecocert (France), Cosmebio (France), BDIH (Germany) and AIAB/ICEA (Italy). The main perspective is to ensure and uphold the inspection criteria and certifying of the organic and ecological products. The factors such as eco-friendliness and upholding the nature culture and the security of environment is closely monitored throughout the process. To be precise, over 1,600 companies and above 25,000 products are sold into more than 45 countries which are certified under COSMOS respectively.
The core principles of prevention and security which comprises the process from production of raw materials to the distribution of finished products include:
- Promoting the utilization of products from organic agriculture.
- Judiciously using natural resources and protecting the environment and biodiversity.
- Processes and manufacturing should be clean and healthy.
- Incorporating the concept of & Green Chemistry instead of using petrochemicals
- Maintaining transparency with consumers.
COSMOS-standard is classified into five categories:
- Physically processed agro-ingredients: Easily processed. Pure quality based organic cultivation.
- Chemically processed agro-ingredients: The manufacturing processes that are clean and authorized following the concepts of “Green Chemistry” and is certifiable for organic- oriented raw ingredients.
- Water: non-certifiable factor. Has to indulge hygienic standards.
- Minerals, Ingredients of mineral origin: non-certifiable. Necessitates to clear environmental rules in their use and processing.
- Other ingredients: limited list of preservatives. Some ingredients are allowed in the absence of effective natural alternatives to ensure the safety of consumers or efficacy of the product.
COSMOS-standard certified products are designated with the signature of “COSMOS ORGANIC” or “COSMOS NATURAL”, depending on the levels of certification. Since 2018, Naija products are manufactured in accordance with COSMOS strict standards and has been certified by ECOCERT under the COSMOS standards.
ECOCERT, established in France in 1991 is known to be the specialized certification of organic agricultural products which being the very first certification structure to develop standards for natural and organic cosmetics. Over the time ECOCERT has become a benchmark in organic certification worldwide, gaining the attention of consumers and professionals. The ECOCERT standard was set for the inspection and regulation of the ingredients and the manufacturing processes. It also regulated the packaging process and overall functioning from the beginning to end to confirm that it is meeting the standards. ECOCERT will only approve the usage of “green chemicals” and accredit products that meet its strict criteria. ECOCERT strives to promote the utilization of ingredients derived from renewable resources and naturally oriented , thus ensuring the security of environment and attaining eco-friendly production. Also, attains the certification in the control of eco-products concerned with the home fragrance, textiles, spas, and detergents. It is accredited in accordance with the ISO 17065 standard, and the certification standards now fall under the broader COSMOS-standard and set forth in early 2017. All of Naija’s product packages and product pages online, detail the entire list of ingredients as well as the breakdown % totals for natural origin and organic farming respectively.