COSMOS (ORGANIC and NATURAL) standard, was born from the cooperation between the main certification bodies and international organisations in this field, and is the main international standard to certify organic and natural cosmetic products. This is the reason why Farmaceutici Dott. Ciccarelli chose to certify the line Dimensione Uomo according to this procedural guideline.
WHAT IT CERTIFIES
COSMOS procedural guideline provides for two possible levels of certification, “Cosmos Organic” and Cosmos “Natural”. Of course, the first level is more strict and demanding because it adds to the requirements of naturalness and green chemistry, the use of significant quantities (stated on the label) of components from organic agriculture.
WHICH THE PARAMETERS ARE
In order to obtain the Cosmos Organic certification mark, at least a 20% of the total ingredients must be organic. Rinse products and products containing at least an 80% of ingredients of mineral origin are an exception (in this case the limit decreases to a 10%). The ingredients of agricultural origin physically transformed present in the formula, must be organic at least for a 95%.
Cosmetic products that, even though created with natural raw materials, do not contain the above mentioned level of organic, can be certified natural; in that case on the label there is the lettering “Cosmos Natural”.
The use of raw materials deriving from plants present on the European and International List of protected species is forbidden. Raw materials deriving from parts of live or slaughtered animals cannot be used, but only ingredients of animal origin produced by the animals themselves and not deriving from their killing or suffering.
HOW CERTIFICATION TAKES PLACE
- Initial evaluation of products and production process including also the evaluation of the composition of those products for which the certification is required, as well as the COSMOS compliance of the raw materials and packaging used.
- Audit in situ aimed to ascertain the real compliance of the products with the requirements provided for by the procedural guideline and the correct organisation and management of production processes and internal procedures.
- Issuance of the Compliance Certificate based on the information and data gathered during the evaluation and audit process.
- Yearly audit including periodic inspections at the productive units in order to verify the maintenance of the compliance conditions.