Ecocontrol would like to inform you of the following statement made on the NATRUE website (press section - available in EN, DE, and FR - to follow in IT translation shortly):
I am informing you because NATRUE has noted, and been informed by certain members, of misleading communication in the media surround the end of the transition period for implementation of the COSMOS standard by its founders.
Please find the facts below:
The end of this transition period does not mean that there will be as of 01/01/2017 one standard setting criteria for natural and organic cosmetics in Europe (or anywhere globally), or that there is one label for Europe either.
There is no official definition in law (i.e. Regulation) for either a natural or organic cosmetic product.
The absence of European harmonised standard for Natural and Organic Cosmetics has been previously communicated in an official statement by the EU Commission (attached).
Any suggestion that this is the case is misleading. Both the terms 'natural' and 'organic' for cosmetics remain claims under Article 20 of the EU Cosmetic Regulation.
All cosmetics on the European market must comply with EU law, where Natural and Organic Cosmetic products are an officially undefined sector of the tightly regulated European industry.
In the absence of an official regulatory definition of Natural and Organic Cosmetic products there exist private, voluntary standards like that of NATRUE, which sets criteria for the NATRUE Label.
Please find below a quote from NATRUE from the above press statement on our website:
"On 1st January 2017 there will not be a mandatory European harmonised standard setting criteria for all Natural and Organic Cosmetics, and there will be no obligatory Label in Europe for Natural and Organic Cosmetics on this date either
NATRUE will continue to advocate that any future regulatory definition of Natural and Organic Cosmetics must be appropriate, relevant and strict, and pending an official regulatory definition the strict NATRUE Label criteria will continue."
Concerning the previously notifed 5 nature-identical substances that are
1. Silver Oxide (Ag2O)
2. Silver Sulfate (Ag2SO4)
3. Potassium silicate
4. Prussian Blue/Ferric hexacyanoferrate Fe4[Fe(CN)6]3] / CI 77510
5. Manganese violet (MnNH4P2O7 / CI 77742)
The SC recommendation (Nov15 interpretation of criteria) had previously recommended to de-list (effective change of criteria) the above 5 nature-identical substances from Annex 2, effective from 1st January 2017.
The BOD have in the meantime considered the situation, and have so far not validated this recommendation for finalisation. This means that the recommendation will not been implementated as an effective change of criteria to-date.
There will be NO change to the status of these Annex 2 INCIs effective 1st January 2017.
INCIs listed on Annex 2, as any other NATRUE criteria Annex, are permitted for use until officially de-listed.
Please note that this does not change the status of the acceptable proof requirements decision from the SC regarding nature-identical substances (e.g. pigments/minerals) as stated in the June 2016 interpretation of criteria.