GERMANY: BASF’s business unit Personal Care Europe has announced that 50 of its products have been evaluated and approved for compliance with the Cosmos standard. Developed by Europe’s leading NGOs for natural and organic cosmetics, this new standard has been set up according to common requirements and definitions for this specific cosmetic segment.
The products concerned were already either Ecocert- and/or BDIH-registered, making BASF one of the first raw materials suppliers to offer a wide range of products in line with the new Europe-wide Cosmos guidelines and criteria.
According into Ute Griesbach and Stephane Lacoutiére, both European marketing managers, the designation means that when formulating organic and natural cosmetics according to the Cosmos standard, “our customers can choose from a considerable range of recognized and approved products. We also plan to obtain certification for more products in the future, further expanding this choice.”
The new international standard is the harmonized result of the most important national standards and reflects the increasingly international nature of the cosmetics market.
Approved ingredients for organic and natural cosmetics.
In recent years, BDIH, Cosmebio, Ecocert, Greenlife, ICEA and the SoilAssociation and their associated certification bodies have been working together to harmonize their various certification schemes and rules, in order to develop a single internationally recognized standard.
Officially launched by Cosmos AISBL in April 2011, the new standard is said to offer full transparency and comparability for purchasers of cosmetic ingredients (i.e. manufacturers), and therefore for consumers too.