ICEA (the Institute for Ethical and Environmental Certification), the most important Italian certification body, is a founding member of COSMOS-AISBL, a non-profit international association that developed the first harmonized standard for natural and organic cosmetics, as a result of more than ten years of standardization work with other big European certification bodies. It was a complex and highly technical work that addressed the needs of their members, certified operators and consumers.
The new and very strict European standard includes two different certification levels: Cosmos Organic for organic products (where the product must contain a minimum percentage of organic ingredients) and Cosmos Natural for natural products (where the product must comply with the standard in all other respects, but does not have the minimum organic percentage). In both levels, all the ingredients are controlled and approved to be used in the formula. The consumer will find on the label the percentage of organic and natural origin ingredients in the product.