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No European Harmonised Standard on 1st January 2017

With the start of every New Year we can ask ourselves what will change for natural and organic cosmetics. What will impact our sector in the next year? The primary question for many is: as 1st January 2017 dawns will there be a European harmonised standard for Natural and Organic Cosmetics?

The simple answer is: No.

The absence of European harmonised standard for Natural and Organic Cosmetics has been previously communicated in an official statement by the EU Commission that can be found here.

This means the current regulatory framework remains identical on 1st January 2017:

· All cosmetics on the European market must comply with the EU Cosmetic Regulation;

· In the absence of an official regulatory definition of Natural and Organic Cosmetic products there exist private, voluntary standards like that of NATRUE, which sets criteria for the NATRUE Label.

· Natural and Organic Cosmetic products are still an officially undefined sector of the tightly regulated European industry.

"On 1st January 2017 there will not be a mandatory European harmonised standard setting criteria for all Natural and Organic Cosmetics, and there will be no obligatory Label in Europe for Natural and Organic Cosmetics on this date either", said Dr Mark Smith, Director General NATRUE, who added that "NATRUE will continue to advocate that any future regulatory definition of Natural and Organic Cosmetics must be appropriate, relevant and strict, and pending an official regulatory definition the strict NATRUE Label criteria will continue."

Even in the absence of European harmonised standard for Natural and Organic Cosmetics, NATRUE looks forward positively to 2017, and its continued mission to protect and promote natural and organic cosmetics for the benefit of consumers worldwide.