Personal Care Products Containing Organic Ingredients
|Publication Date:||8 August 2016|
This Standard specifies materials, processes, production criteria, and conditions that shall be met in order for personal care products to make organic label and marketing claims under this Standard. This Standard intends to address products with a minimum organic content of 70% (O70).
Products intended to be labeled with organic processing claims currently defined under the USDA National Organic Program (NOP), including "100% Organic", "Organic", and "Made with Organic", are not covered by this Standard.
Items covered by this Standard include, but are not limited to: cosmetic products; rinse-off and leave-on personal care products; oral care products; and personal hygiene products. These products may be applied to or used externally on any part of the body (e.g., hair, face, hands, and feet). For the purposes of this Standard, cosmetics are considered personal care products.
This Standard does not ensure accuracy of claims specifying a product as "safer", "better" or of a specific quality.
Like USDA National Organic Program3 (NOP) regulations, this Standard includes allowances and restrictions on processes, agricultural ingredients, and methods of extraction based on the specific label claim to be made on the final product. The organic claim is a process claim, not a product claim. Testing will not necessarily determine whether or not a product is organic or meets this Standard.
Product compliance with this Standard does not ensure compliance with all regulatory requirements.
This Standard encourages participation in the manufacturing of personal care products using organically grown ingredients within the supply chain. It emphasizes open disclosure of impacts and benefits, and does not compromise proprietary, patented, or trade secret information. Production practices implemented in accordance with this Standard shall maintain or improve the natural resources of the operation, including soil and water quality. This Standard is to be used voluntarily by companies that may not be able to meet the current USDA organic food regulations.