Cosmos Organic e Natural

The COSMOS standard certifies cosmetic finished products and raw materials for cosmetic use, formulated using organic ingredients and/or chemicals of natural origin. The COSMOS-standard defines criteria to guarantee consumers that their cosmetics are organic or natural and made with the best possible sustainability practices.


The COSMOS-standard has evolved from the collaboration between the main certification bodies and international organizations of the sector, including BDIH (Germany), COSMEBIO (France), ECOCERT (France), and SOIL ASSOCIATION (United Kingdom).

The standard involves two levels of certification for ORGANIC and NATURAL products.

COSMOS ORGANIC requires that at least 20% of the total ingredients come from organic agriculture, except for rinse-off products and products that contain at least 80% of ingredients of mineral origin, in this case, the limit is 10%. Physically processed agricultural ingredients in the formula must come at least 95% from organic agriculture.

COSMOS NATURAL requires that all standard parameters are observed, with the exception of the organic content, which can be present but not in a defined percentage.

The COSMOS-standard requires either COSMOS CERTIFIED or COSMOS APPROVED certification for ingredients and raw materials.

COSMOS CERTIFIED certifies physically and chemically processed agricultural ingredients with organic content. COSMOS APPROVED is applied to not organic raw materials but compliant for the use in cosmetic products certified according to the COSMOS-standard.


  • Formulations based on naturalness requirements and green chemistry;
  • Limitations to chemical synthesis methodologies and processes and extraction processes;
  • Controls of all aspects of supply, production, and sale of raw materials and cosmetic products;
  • Certification and control carried out in compliance with the requirements of regulations EN 17065.



Preliminary Evaluation
The initial evaluation of the products and the production process, i.e. the evaluation of the composition of the products for which certification is requested and the conformity of the used raw materials, through an in-depth analysis of all parts. For organic ingredients, certification issued by authorized control and certification bodies is required, while non-organic ingredients must be included in the proper lists of ingredients approved by COSMOS.

The inspection at the production site, i.e. verification of the effective compliance of the products with the standard requirements, the correct organization, and management of manufacturing processes and internal procedures, compliance with the related environmental criteria. Not applied for COSMOS APPROVED ingredients.

Issue of the Conformity Certificate
The issue of the Conformity Certificate, based on the information and data collected during the evaluation and verification process, lists the certified products according to their classification, and the version of the standard according to which the products have been certified.
For COSMOS APPROVED, a conformity certificate of the evaluated ingredients is issued.


The annual monitoring includes periodic inspections at production units, product storage and distribution centers, to verify the maintenance of compliance conditions, and periodic sampling for product analysis at production plants and points of sale.
Not applied for COSMOS APPROVED ingredients.

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