Natural and Organic Certification for Cosmetics Now Available in Canada



    Canadian cosmetic producers and consumers now have access to same high
    quality standards available for European cosmetics

    TORONTO, Feb. 27 /CNW/ - Strict natural and organic certification
standards for cosmetic products are now available in Canada for the protection
and benefit of Canadian consumers and the environment.
    "I believe this certification standard places Canada firmly at the
forefront of the organic industry," says Brian Lane, president of Certech
Registration Inc. the independent accredited certifying body which has
developed North America's first system certification standard for organic and
natural cosmetics. "With this standard we aim to bring clarity to natural and
organic cosmetics producers and create trust among consumers."
    Through its IOS Cosmetics Standard, Certech is the first North American
organization to bring Canadian producers a tool that guarantees that the
claims made by certified cosmetics are proven and supported by facts verified
through a rigorous and unbiased process; this offers a strong guarantee to
consumers.
    Until now, Canadian cosmetics manufacturers who wanted to certify their
products as organic could only resort to Canadian and US regulations which are
intended for agricultural products and do not provide specific directions for
cosmetics, or to legislation created for the European market. "This state of
affairs is confusing for North American manufacturers and consumers who, up to
now, did not have access to a clear independent definition of natural or
organic cosmetic."
    Cosmetic products which are successful in obtaining certification under
Certech's IOS Cosmetics Standard, must follow rigorous examination both in
terms of ingredients as well as production process, facilities and even
packaging.
    In order to be certified as natural under the IOS Cosmetics Standard, a
minimum of 95% of the product must be of natural origin. In addition to this,
products that obtain certification as organic must also use certified organic
ingredients which have been grown, cultivated, and stored without the use of
chemical fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, fumigants or other toxins.
    The standard also addresses the manufacturing process which must not use
or produce toxins and other harmful substances, and the packaging of the
product must be recyclable. The products themselves as well as their
individual ingredients must not have been tested on animals, must be virtually
free of synthetic ingredients, and must not contain pesticides, harmful
preservatives, artificial colours and fragrances.
    The IOS Cosmetics Standard was created specifically for North America
using as reference and conforming to existing European, US and Canadian
regulations and legislation while at the same time it addresses all current
international requirements.

    About Certech Registration Inc.

    Certech is a wholly owned Canadian organization offering Quality,
Environmental, Health & Safety, Service, Natural & Organic, and Food Safety
Management Systems Certification services.
    Certech supports and conforms fully to the requirements of ISO 17021
Conformity assessment - Requirements for bodies providing audit and
certification of management systems.
    Certech is accredited to provide ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 registrations by
the National Accreditation Board (ANAB), the US national accreditation body.
Certech uses only organizations accredited under ISO 17025 to perform
independent blind testing of samples obtained during audits in order to
further ensure purity of product.

    For additional information:
    Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada - Organic Production -
    www4.agr.gc.ca/AAFC-AAC/display-afficher.do?id=1183748510661&lang=e

    Organic Products Regulations (Canada) -
    http://laws.justice.gc.ca/en/showtdm/cr/SOR-2006-338

    Canadian Food Inspection Agency -
    www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/orgbio/orgbioe.shtml

    Organic Federation of Canada - www.organicfederation.ca/index.html

    Health Canada - Cosmetics Regulations -
    www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/person/cosmet/index_e.html

    Campaign for Safe Cosmetics - www.safecosmetics.org





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