The sixth version of the ECOCERT natural detergents standard was published in May 2022, and entered into force on 1st August 2022. From 1st August 2023, all products certified according to this standard and their labelling must comply with this new version.
The ECOCERT Natural Detergents certification for cleaning products is an internationally recognized environmental label. It guarantees respect for the environment throughout the production process, the use of ingredients of natural or organic origin, and the prohibition of most petrochemical ingredients.
In this latest version, the new requirements for finished products ensure:
- More precision on naturalness, and greater restrictions on synthetic ingredients
- A safer product with the addition of new prohibited risk phrases on finished products
- More commitment from companies on environmental management
- A guarantee of effectiveness on the main function of the finished product
The complete standard is available following this link: Ecocert Greenlife standard for Natural Detergents made with Organic 2022
This standard is private, and certification requires a commitment to an independent certification body such as ECOCERT.
In order to be eligible for ECOCERT natural detergent certification, all cleaning products must first comply with the regulations in force relating to detergent products (see Foreword – V. The regulatory bases on page 9 of the standards document via the link above).
According to the ECOCERT natural detergent standard, there are two levels of labelling for detergent products:
- Label « Natural detergents » :
> No minimum requirement about % of organic ingredients
> The labelling elements set out in Appendix V of the ECOCERT natural detergents standard are not permitted on the finished product
The Sixth version of the ECOCERT natural detergents standard has extended the list of prohibited hazard statements on finished products certified “Natural detergents”. In addition to environmental hazards, hazard statements for certain physical hazards (explosive, gases under pressure) and human health hazards (toxic, carcinogenic, mutagenic, reprotoxic) are now prohibited. The complete list of hazard statements and their prohibition is available in Appendix V of the standard.
- Label « Natural detergents made with organic » :
> 10% minimum of organic ingredients in the finished product
> No hazard statement is allowed on the finished product
ECOCERT distinguishes different types of ingredients according to their nature, origin or function.
For natural origin ingredients, the main prerequisites are that they are guaranteed non-GMO and not listed in the appendices of the CITES Washington Convention (or benefit from CITES import/export control permits and certificates). They must come from authorised physical or chemical processes (see Appendix III of the standard).
Petrochemical solvents are not allowed for extraction processes, except in special cases (see Appendix I.A.5 of the standard). As a result, Absolutes and resinoids are prohibited.
Synthetic ingredients, derived from petrochemicals, are prohibited in the finished product, except for a list of authorised ingredients (see Appendix I of the standard) that includes ethanol denaturants, preservatives, etc.
Organic certified ingredients according to an Organic Agriculture regulation (CE, NOP, JAS or equivalent), or a recognized private standard (Cosmetics or Natural detergents of ECOCERT Greenlife or COSMOS) are accepted.
Only fragrances with natural origin ingredients are allowed.
NB: The rules specific to these labels and ingredients are fully explained in the ECOCERT Natural Detergent standard. We talk about the requirements only applicable to the design of a fragrance composition according to this standard.
SOZIO PROVIDES NATURAL FRAGRANCES THAT COMPLY WITH THE NEW VERSION OF THE ECOCERT NATURAL DETERGENTS STANDARD
SOZIO is committed to the certifying bodies ECOCERT Greenlife according to the COSMOS standard, and ECOCERT France according to the European Organic Agriculture (AB) 2018/848 regulation.
These commitments allow SOZIO to offer 100% natural fragrances that are approved or organic certified according to the COSMOS standard, but also Essential Oils (EO) or mixtures of EOs certified as organic according to Regulation (EU) 2018/848. Our certificates and attestations are provided on request.
These natural fragrances, their raw materials and these EOs, meet the requirements relating to the ingredients mentioned above and are directly approved by ECOCERT. They are recognized and fully accepted in detergent products certified “Natural Detergent” or “Natural Detergents made with organic” according to version 6 of the ECOCERT standard.
To check compliance of fragrances and EOs with version 6 of this standard, we need to ensure that at the intended load/dosage, the fragrances do not bring additional hazard statements that are prohibited on the finished Natural Detergent products.
We remain at your disposal to check the compliance of the fragrances we provide to your company according to version 6 of the ECOCERT Natural Detergent standard.
For any new brief for a fragrance compliant with this new standard, the nature of the label, the fragrance load/dosage in the finished product, and the percentage of organic ingredients required from the fragrance will be necessary for the development.
If you need any further information about ECOCERT and COSMOS standards, please reach out to us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or through your designated Sales Representative.
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