Bristol, UK—British bodycare products can now claim organic status, thanks to recently introduced Soil Association (SA) certification standards.
The standards, which came into force on May 1, apply across the category, from shampoos and soaps to face creams. Products that meet the criteria can carry the SA-certified organic symbol.
The SA launched the new standards to reflect the growing health and beauty market, including cosmeceuticals. Existing pan-European standards cover only products derived from an organic production system and intended for human consumption. The SA hopes the European Commission will eventually consider legislation to cover non-food products.
"These new standards are needed so that consumers know which organic products they can trust—and responsible companies can have their good practice recognised," says David Peace, managing director of Soil Association Certification Limited.
The code aims to reward those companies that employ organic manufacturing principles while avoiding over-processing, genetically modified ingredients and those that are toxic or have detrimental effects on the environment.
Products containing 95 per cent organic ingredients can be labelled organic while products with more than 70 per cent organic ingredients can carry the label: "made with xx% organic ingredients."