What is EcoControl certifying?
1. Natural and organic cosmetics
The strictest standard, as NATRUE defines minimum levels of natural ingredients for different product categories for 3 different qualities (natural cosmetics, cosmetics with an organic portion and organic cosmetics).
The most experience producers of organic cosmetics are using this standard
NSF / ANSI 305
This standard is a MUST for organic claim on cosmetics in the US Market.
Natural Cosmetic Standard (NCS)
The standard without percentage calculation, lowest label fee and without political work of an association.
Nature Care Product Standard (NCPS)
The standard for natural detergents.
The strictest organic standard, because only very limited number of derived natural ingredients is allowed. There is no natural cosmetics level.
2. Raw Materials / Ingredients
EcoControl is certifying raw materials processed from organic agricultural products (including wild collection) which are no food or feed products.
The following certification schemes are accepted for the organic quality proofs of the organic ingredients:
Regulation EEC 834/07 with 889/08 including all standards of the accepted third countries and all standards approved as equivalent according to the Regulation 1235 / 2008.
Japanese Agricultural Standards (JAS) for organic plants,
Codex Alimentarius Guidelines for organic production
All IFOAM standards for organic products (e.g. Naturland, Demeter, Bioland, Soil Association, Bio Suisse).
EcoControl is certifying the organic quality of the processed product. The accepted processing procedures are physical extraction, CO2 extraction, and Water vapour extraction, extracts using plant oil or alcohol (including Glycerine). Essential oils have to be in accordance with ISO 9235. Extraction solvents are explicitly noted on the certificate.
3. Quality Management Systems
GMP Systeme GMP ISO 22716:2007 EC GMP
4. Standards for Sustainability
Certified Sustaniable Economics (CSE)
After signing the contract you present us your formulas. How this works we shall explain to you in time
We assess your formulas based on the information handed in and the quality evidences you presented for the raw materials according to the standard requirements
You receive our evaluation report with missing data, if any
After all formulas are compliant you receive the final report and the products are proposed for certification
The products are uploaded to the NATRUE data base (in case of NATRUE certification only)
The compliant products or raw materials are certified
–> in case of first certification the preliminary certificate is issued with a validity of 6 months (for NATRUE certification only)
If raw materials have been assessed in the course of the raw material approval scheme the approval certificate is issued
The audit is planned (the first audit within 6 months after certification or start of marketing of the products)
The mandated auditor will contact you for the audit date
The audit will be announced by EcoControl and the audit process will be briefly explained
–> The audit comprises mainly the review of your formulas, the traceability, and the quality evidences for the raw materials
The audit report an eventually the list of measures for corrections will summarize the audit results
We will ask you ahead of the validity of the certification if you want to re-certify the products
In order to re-certify the products we check if the standard requirements have changed and if the formula is still compliant with the standard
If YES, the new certificate shall be granted
If NO, the evaluation process starts again if you want this