NSF/ANSI 305 Expands to Include EU Organic Ingredients

NSF International’s American National Standard for Personal Care Products Containing Organic Ingredients (NSF/ANSI 305) has been expanded to allow plant-based ingredients that are certified to European Union (EU) organic regulations.

As a result, companies formulating personal care products for compliance with NSF/ANSI 305 are now able to source from both US National Organic Program (NOP)-certified ingredients and EU-certified ingredient suppliers.

NSF/ANSI 305 standard defines labeling and marketing requirements, specifically for personal care products that contain organic ingredients. It also establishes requirements for agricultural ingredients and methods of extraction based on the final product's label claim. EC 834/2007 and EC 889/2008 define requirements on organic production and labeling of organic products.

“NSF/ANSI 305 opens up new growth opportunities for personal care companies whose products contain organic ingredients and speaks to the globalization of the cosmetic supply chain. Allowing equivalent EU-certified ingredients will harmonize NSF/ANSI 305 with global organic production without any loss of organic integrity,” said Jane Wilson, standards director of NSF International, in a press release.

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