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Temporary closure to new applications from certification bodies

COSMOS is currently not accepting applications from new certification bodies; we are prioritising to provide support to our existing network of authorised certification bodies during a period of unprecedented growth. From 1st of January we will accept again applications from interested certification bodies.

What we expect of you

We are an international non-profit association set up to serve the best interests of our members and the environment.  We do this through managing and developing the COSMOS-standard as an international, and internationally accepted, standard for organic and natural cosmetics and by authorising and overseeing high quality and harmonised certification.  We also provide representation, communication and information exchange between members and other stakeholders to achieve an improved policy environment and wider public awareness.

As an authorised certifier, we expect you to uphold the integrity of our (and your) Standard in your certification work and to foster its good reputation, for all our benefits.  We expect you to comply fully with all your obligations and to report any problems that you may find fully and promptly so that we can investigate them and take any necessary action.

As a member, we expect you to respect the interests of the COSMOS-standard AISBL and to contribute to its activities where appropriate, so that it can provide the best possible service to its members and the wider public and can fulfil its objectives.

Application procedure

The application process and the requirements are set out in detail in the COSMOS-standard, the COSMOS-standard Control Manual and the bylaws of the COSMOS-standard AISBL (COSMOS). A summary of the whole process is available here.

Application forms and fee details will be made available at request to any interested party from 1st of January 2020. Certification Bodies are welcome to register their interest in the meantime.