Competing natural and organic standards explored in workshop

By Katie Bird

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The relationship between the European harmonised standard Cosmos and its cousins on both sides of the Atlantic will be explored in a masterclass on natural and organic cosmetics.

Market research company Organic Monitor will be running the workshop in Paris on March 18.

Standards investigated

The morning session will open with a presentation on the Cosmos standard for natural and organic cosmetics that was preliminarily announced late 2008.

A result of years of negotiations between some of Europe’s largest certification bodies, the standard aims to simplify the market for manufacturers and consumers alike.

However, it is by no means alone in the marketplace, and the masterclass will move on to explore how it compares to NaTrue, NSF, OASIS and the NPA.

The morning session aims to address the practical implications of adopting any one of these standards as well as giving guidance to companies looking for certification.

A focus on technical challenges

A more technical focus will be taken in the afternoon session, where the challenges in formulating natural and organic cosmetics will be addressed.

Attendees will learn which synthetic chemicals should be removed from natural and organic cosmetics and what their natural replacements are. The major classes of natural and organic ingredients will also be discussed in the session.

In addition, the challenges related to raw materials will be investigated and the workshop will address how manufacturers can overcome these issues.

The first of these Organic Monitor workshops was held in London in December and was similarly chaired by Judi Beerling, technical consulting manager for the market research company.

Related topics: Market Trends, Naturals and organics

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