BDIH is a German Federal Association, founded in 1951, which was the first to develop standards for the production of natural and organic cosmetics.
BDIH (Bund deutscher Industrie- und Handelsunternehmen – Federal Association of Industrial and Commercial Companies) is a German association of industrial enterprises and trade firms producing pharmaceutical, medical and cosmetic products. BDIH was founded in 1952, headquartered in Mannheim (Germany), the association includes over 500 manufacturers of cosmetics. In 1996, together with leading eco-cosmetics manufacturers, BDIH developed a set of guidelines for the certification of natural cosmetics.
In 2010, BDIH together with Cosmebio and Ecocert (France), Soil Accociftion (England) and ICEA (Italy) create a non-profit association COSMOS Standart.
Natural and organic cosmetics COSMOS-standard, which unites European certification schemes into one common standard. This is the most demanding and uniform quality standard for organic and natural cosmetics throughout Europe. In addition to the basic principles, in COSMOS it is important not only how the product was obtained, but also how it will decompose in nature, what intermediate stages were used during its production. On the packaging of the product, it will be possible to see the inscription COSMOS ORGANIC or COSMOS NATURAL in combination with the sign of the member of the COSMOS-standard AISBL association who certified the product.
Cosmetic products of the COSMOS-NATURAL standard
There are no requirements for using a certain amount of organic: ingredients, but they must be present.
If desired, the manufacturer can indicate on the back of the package (not on the face of the package) the percentage of organic components from the total mass of the product.
Cruelty-free is a social movement that encourages the avoidance of products in the production or development of which there was cruelty. The term Cruelty-free was first used in this sense by Lady Dowling, who persuaded faux fur manufacturers to use the label “Beauty Without Cruelty”, and then founded the charity “Beauty Without Cruelty” in 1959. The term was popularized in the United States in the 1970s by Marcia Pearson, who founded the Fashion With Compassion group.
In 2012, the British Association for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) joined the New England Anti-Vivisection Society to create a new international organization against animal testing of cosmetics, Cruelty Free International. It was launched by BUAV fan Ricky Gervais. They carry out Cruelty-free product certifications marked with the bouncing rabbit symbol.
ECOCERT is a certification organization founded in France in 1991 and specializing in organic agricultural products. Based in Europe, but audits in over 80 countries, making it one of the largest organic certification bodies in the world. The ECOCERT label is assigned to food products, detergents, perfumes, textiles, but in our country it is most often found on cosmetics. And this is not surprising – it was ECOCERT who was the first to develop standards for natural and organic cosmetics. They involve sustainable production, free from GMOs, parabens, silicon, PEG, synthetic fragrances and dyes, ingredients of animal origin (except for derivatives: milk, honey, etc.), as well as biodegradable or recyclable packaging. Cosmetics labeled ECOCERT are not tested on animals. ECOCERT requirements for natural and organic cosmetics differ. For organics – at least 95% of all ingredients are plant-based, with at least 10% of all ingredients must be grown organically. For natural cosmetics – 50 and 5%, respectively.
An internationally recognized French certification agency founded in 1991. In 2002, Ecocert standards for cosmetics were created. It is currently the largest certification agency for natural and organic cosmetics in Europe. Ecocert, as a certification body, can certify individual ingredients or the product as a whole. Only if the packaging has the standard Ecocert badge can the entire product be considered certified. In another case, the manufacturer used only Ecocert certified ingredients, and the product itself was not certified. Ecocert certifies cosmetics according to two standards: Ecological / Natural Cosmetics and Organic Cosmetics.
ICEA COSMOS NATURAL
COSMOS Standard is a non-profit association that was established in 2010 by leading European certification bodies. The founders of COSMOS-Standard are BDIH (Germany), Cosmebio and Ecocert (France), Soil Association (England) and ICEA (Italy). This association has developed the international standard for natural and organic cosmetics COSMOS-standard, which combines European certification schemes into one common standard. This is the most demanding and uniform quality standard for organic and natural cosmetics throughout Europe. In addition to the basic principles, in COSMOS it is important not only how the product was obtained, but also how it will decompose in nature, what intermediate stages were used during its production. On the packaging of the product, it will be possible to see the inscription COSMOS ORGANIC or COSMOS NATURAL in combination with the sign of the member of the COSMOS-standard AISBL association who certified the product.
ICEA ECO BIO COSMETIC
ICEA Eco Bio Cosmetic – one of the most common natural cosmetics labels in our country – was developed in Italy by the Institute for Ethical and Environmental Certification (Istituto per la Certificazione Etica ed Ambientale, ICEA), the leading national certification body. ICEA also has standards for food, detergents, eco-textiles, furniture, building materials. The ICEA mark is awarded only to cosmetics that have a proven high compatibility with the skin – with a minimum likelihood of an allergic reaction. The cosmetics should not contain: petroleum products, preservatives, dyes, synthetic fragrances; GMO; ingredients exposed to ionizing radiation; alcohol and propylene glycol. The standard assumes the use of only certified organic or wild-growing plant components from ecologically clean areas. Components of animal origin are allowed (from dead animals – prohibited). Product jars – biodegradable or recyclable. ICEA checks not only ingredients, but also the production process and packaging.
SIC Ukraine is a transnational partnership of organizations that are engaged in certification and expertise of all types of business processes.
The SIC certificate of conformity is the main evidence for international recognition by all members of the partnership. This certificate can serve as the basis for obtaining a certificate of a partner of the System; both documents have the same validity period. The SIC certificate serves as the global passport for all stakeholders around the world.
SIC certification marks are proof of successfully certified products, services, personnel, management systems.
The Soil Association is one of the most stringent certification companies with an established reputation worldwide. It was she who first introduced the concept of “organic product”.
In order to receive the Soil Association label, the activities of the manufacturing company must be based on concern for the environment, human health and beauty through harmless production based on only organic raw materials.
The Soil Association not only monitors the components used, but also the organization of the production itself, its impact on the environment, the packaging used and much more.
Vegan is an internationally recognized vegetarian standard. The Vegan logo symbolizes the Vegan Society and ensures that the product is free of ingredients and additives from animal sources.
The Vegan Community is a charitable organization created to promote and support a vegetarian lifestyle. Companies included in it are subject to numerous checks for compliance with vegan standards. Only then can they use the Vegan logo on the packaging of their products.
Vegan Standard Requirements
To be eligible to register as a vegan product, a cosmetic product must meet the following requirements:
Components of animal origin. It is forbidden to use any additives, ingredients and impurities of animal origin, as well as by-products or their derivatives. This applies not only to the final composition of the product, but also to all stages of its production.
Animal testing. During the development and production of products, it is not allowed to conduct experiments and various kinds of tests on animals at the initiative of the manufacturer and any persons controlled by this company.
Genetically modified organisms. When creating and manufacturing a product, it is prohibited to use genetically modified organisms (GMOs) containing animal genes. Products containing GMOs with other types of genes must be labeled accordingly.