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COSMOS General Manager


COSMOS owns the foremost harmonised, international standard for organic and natural cosmetics and was established in 2010 by the five major European organic and natural cosmetics standard-setting organisations (who together represent over 2000 brands manufacturing and selling over 30,000 products in more than 40 countries worldwide).  The organisations (BDIH in Germany, Cosmebio and Ecocert in France, ICEA in Italy and Soil Association in the UK) recognised that both the cosmetics industry and the cosmetics market are international and it was therefore in everyone’s best interests that there should be a single harmonised standard to provide a transparent and level playing field for all.
An international non-profit association registered in Belgium, COSMOS-standard AISBL maintains and develops the standard, authorises independent (and independently accredited) certification bodies to certify to it, and promotes and defends the standard and the environmental and ethical principles it embodies.

About the job

COSMOS is looking to appoint a general manager to drive its continuing development and expansion, to fulfil its aim of becoming THE standard for organic and natural cosmetics worldwide. Working with the board, members, authorised certifiers and certified companies, this post offers the successful candidate a unique opportunity to grow with the job and apply wide ranging skills of strategy, communications, and financial, organisational and people management.

About you

We expect you to have experience and/or qualifications covering (as broad a combination as possible of) organisational strategy and management, external relations and communications, quality management and control. You will need to have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, be fluent in at least English and have knowledge of the principles and practice of organic/natural cosmetics.
The role is part time (0.6) with the potential to become full time, and can be home based, preferably within Europe. It will require international travel, therefore flexibility is important. Employment or self-employment is negotiable.
Expressions of interest To express an interest in becoming COSMOS general manager please send your CV and a cover letter to info@cosmos-standard.org by Monday 8th May 2017. Interviews will take place (likely in Brussels) on Thursday 8th June.

Please find the job description and person specification here.


COSMOS temporarily suspends certifier application process

Please note that we have temporarily suspended the certifier application process whilst we are reviewing, revising and updating the COSMOS Control Manual and other documents in order to clarify and strengthen the procedures and to integrate the requirements of ISO 17065.  Please watch this space for further developments.

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


COSMOS releases statement on ISO

The COSMOS board has issued a statement on the ongoing discussions of ISO 16128 – Guidelines on Technical Definitions and Criteria for Natural and Organic Cosmetic products and Ingredients.  Part 1 – Definitions for Ingredients – has already been approved and published; Part 2 – Criteria for Ingredients and Products – is still under discussion.  COSMOS has been participating in the ISO process, within ISO TC217 WG4, for the last five years as we felt it was important to ensure this development, primarily the initiative of the large conventional cosmetics companies, respected the principles and interests of genuine organic and natural companies and consumers.  This statement publicises our concerns about the direction this process is taking.  We now fear it will lead to more variation in standards, not less, and therefore more confusion and less transparency for consumers.

The statement is here:  COSMOS statement on ISO16128




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