You surely know the bases of cosmetic certification, but are you up to date with the procedure that these products must pass through? Lèa, an auditor at our certification branch, Cosmécert, will explain exactly what a cosmetic certification consists of and how it is managed.
The certification is a verification process that a company goes through in order to prove to its clients that they uphold the engagements they initially made (whether that be organic, natural, etc)
This audit is done by an independent organization called a certification body. On top of certifying cosmetics, the certification can be applied to household cleaning products, textiles or even home fragrances (the list goes on…)
The organic certification is mandatory to obtain the Cosmébio label.
There are multiple steps in completing the certification process for natural and organic cosmetics:
When certifying a cosmetic, the company must provide detailed product information including notably the ingredients, the amount used, the supplier, etc.
Using these documents the certifier verifies:
If everything is conform, the certifier continues into phase two of the certification.
The second phase of the cosmetic certification consists of an audit taking place on site, where the products are manufactured.
This audit is done in order to verify the previously given information as well as everything else that can’t be controlled from the documents alone: the fabrication process, the cleaning products used, the stocking of raw material and products…
The auditors also check the communication material used by the brand.
Once the audit has been done on-site, the auditor sends all the information to the certification body that then validates (or not) the conformity of the products being audited.
If everything is compliant, the certification body gives a certificate to the company where the certified products are listed.
For finished products, the certification is valid for one year. To renew the certification, the company must undergo another on-site audit and provide once again the detailed product information that has been updated over the year.
A certified product has a mandatory notice of its certification on its packaging that states:
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