The most important development this year will be the introduction of European standards of natural and organic cosmetics. The leading certification agencies in Europe have been working on harmonisation of private standards for more than a year. The European standards will be unveiled in June 2008 and be implemented by the end of the year. This development would give certified natural and organic cosmetic products uniform logos for the first time. The successful implementation of these standards could pave the way for EU regulations for natural and organic cosmetics, similar to those for organic foods. The EU introduced formal regulations for organic food production and marketing in 1992.
Most developments are occurring in North America. NSF International, which has been developing its natural personal care standards for a number of years, will finally unveil its standards this spring. At the same time, the Organic and Sustainability Industry Standards (OASIS) for beauty and personal care products will be introduced by a trade group that includes manufacturers like Aveda and Hain Celestial. Private standards have also been introduced by Certech Registration, a Toronto-based standards agency.
Retailers are also developing their own standards for natural and organic beauty products. Whole Foods Market has just announced its Premium Body Care Standard to separate its products from inferior naturals. British retailers have already introduced natural personal care ranges under their private labels. Boots has also developed its own standard for its Botanics Organics launch last year.
For additional news, read Standards Launched for Organic Personal Care Certification.