NSF/ANSI 305 personal care standard allows EU-certified organic ingredients

NSF/ANSI 305 personal care standard allows EU-certified organic ingredients

Manufacturers formulating personal care products to comply to NSF/ANSI 305 can now source plant-based ingredients certified to European Union organic regulations.

NSF International’s American National Standard for Personal Care Products Containing Organic Ingredients (NSF/ANSI 305) has been expanded to allow plant-based ingredients that are certified to European Union (EU) organic regulations. As a result, companies formulating personal care products for compliance with the NSF/ANSI 305Personal Care Products Containing Organic Ingredients standard are now able to source from both U.S. National Organic Program (NOP)-certified ingredients and EU-certified ingredients suppliers.

The NSF/ANSI 305 standard promotes the widespread use of organic agriculture beyond the food sector. Similar to the USDA NOP regulations, the NSF/ANSI 305 standard defines labeling and marketing requirements but specifically for personal care products (e.g. oral care and personal hygiene products) that contain organic ingredients. It also establishes requirements for agricultural ingredients and methods of extraction based on the final product's label claim. EU organic regulations: EC 834/2007 & EC 889/2008 define requirements on organic production and labeling of organic products.

NSF/ANSI 305 is the only consensus-based standard for personal care products containing organic ingredients. The American National Standard was developed based on balanced participation from key stakeholder groups including: regulators, personal care manufacturers, trade associations, product retailers, and other stakeholders from the organic and personal care products communities.

“NSF/ANSI 305 opens up new growth opportunities for personal care companies whose products contain organic ingredients and speaks to the globalization of the cosmetic supply chain. Allowing equivalent EU-certified ingredients will harmonize NSF/ANSI 305 with global organic production without any loss of organic integrity,” said Jane Wilson, Standards Director of NSF International, a U.S. standards development, testing and certification organization committed to protecting the environment and public health.

With the increasing interest of global harmonization, companies certified to other international standards, such as the NATRUE European standard, will be closer to also complying with NSF/ANSI 305. Companies who certify their products to the NSF standard demonstrate to consumers, retailers, health care practitioners and regulators that their certified products have been independently evaluated to meet the standard requirements.

For additional information, download this NSF/ANSI 305 fact sheet <http://www.nsf.org/media/enews/documents/110620_Contains_Organic_Ingredients_QA.pdf>.

About NSF International: NSF International is an independent organization that certifies products and writes standards for food, water, dietary supplements and consumer goods to protect human health and the environment (nsf.org <http://www.nsf.org/> ). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting public health and safety worldwide and operates in more than 120 countries. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment.

Additional NSF services include NSF Education and Training, safety audits for the food and water industries, NSF Sustainability, dietary and nutritional supplement certification, organic certification provided by QAI (Quality Assurance International) and management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations (NSF-ISR).

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