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– COSMOS-standard – Introducing Version 3.0

COSMOS is proud to announce the publication of Version 3.0 of its new scheme documents (the COSMOS-standard, Labelling Guide, Technical Guide, Control Manual).

The main aims of the Version 3.0 revisions have been to strengthen the COSMOS procedures and requirements for certification bodies, to integrate and streamline the various documents, to improve harmonisation and to address current developments and environmental concerns.

This Version 3.0. of the standard came into force on 1st September 2018 and will be applicable from the 1st of January 2019. However cosmetic products and raw materials which are not in compliance with applicable content of this Standard, Version 3.0, may continue to be certified or approved according to previous versions of this Standard until 31.12.2019, if their application date for certification or approval was prior to the 1st of January 2019.

COSMOS in the media

– COSMOS in numbers

Latest figures on  the number of COSMOS certified products and ingredients

– COSMOS position statement regarding ISO 16128 – February 2018

The statement can be found here:  COSMOS statement on ISO16128

– New standard requiring sustainable palm oil

1st August 2017 – The COSMOS Board has announced the introduction of a new standard requiring use of sustainable palm oil and derivatives in COSMOS certified products and ingredients and approved raw materials which will take effect from 1st January 2019.

The statement is here: COSMOS Notice of new standard for sustainable palm oil

– COSMOS statement on mineral UV filters

The COSMOS board has issued a statement on the use of mineral UV filters in COSMOS-certified sunscreens.  Having banned all mineral UV filters three years ago, the statement sets out new conditions for allowing certain Titanium dioxide and Zinc oxide formulations that take into account both consumer safety and the precautionary principle.

The statement can be found here: COSMOS position mineral UV filters 100816