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Regulatory Framework

First and foremost, all cosmetics, natural and organic or not, must comply with EU Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009. Consequently, they must be safe, effective and efficient without exception in order to be legitimate and placed on the market. Organic ingredients are regulated under the organic agricultural regulation Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007. To date, there is no official regulatory definition of finished Natural and Organic Cosmetics but there are private standards. It should be noted that cosmetics have a different specific function to food. Food does not need to cleanse, to protect, to beautify etc. and so organic agricultural regulation cannot be applied to natural and organic finished products.

All private standards for Natural and Organic Cosmetics should mention that a baseline requirement is that the products must first comply with EU Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009.