Organic certification is when an organic certifying group audits a business' methods to ensure that they comply with national or international standards for organic farming and processing.
The voluntary process of certifying organic cosmetics is the combination of inspecting that the cosmetic product has achieved a set standard of ingredients and ensuring that the creation and handling process is of high quality. This gives the suppliers, retailers and most importantly, our customers, the peace of mind that the product has passed a range of tests which in turn earns the supplier the approval of using the certifying auditors logo for ease of recognition. Product certification is identified throughout this website by any of the following logos:
(We have displayed these certified logos, through our website, as a method to assist you identify a certified organic product easily).
In Australia, the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) is the controlling body for organic certification. Currently the government only becomes involved with organic certification at export, meaning AQIS is the default certification agency.
Although it is voluntary for domestic product to adhere to the AQIS standard when claiming the product as "organic", it is mandatory for any product making claims to certified organic, to be verifiable as it being certified organic.
Presently, there are seven AQIS-approved certifying organisations, they are:
These organisations are authorised to issue Organic Produce Certificates on behalf of AQIS. In 2004 there were 2345 certified operators in Australia.
Further certification information external links can be located at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organic_certification#In_other_countries. All images & logos maybe copyright to their respective owners. Visit the individual websites for further information regarding certification and licensing.