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Cosmetic Certification

Fully aware that our work directly affects life, property and environment, we have the power to be different, conducting unbiased, independent and objective inspection, certification, evaluation and expert examination services as well as research, education, training, state and regional development with responsibility, honesty and integrity.

Fundamental importance for all of us in A CERT is the protection of reliability, health and safety, considering the interest of all shareholders and sustainable development, by offering valid and esteemed services. For this purpose we dedicate a great part of our resources, by investing in high technology and professionals with integrity and high level of skills and know how.

Having values, we offer strictly professional services and through the recognition and reputation of the A CERT, our associated companies and structures and strategic collaborators, we add value to the products, services, institutes and organizations giving them a competitive advantage and making them capable of achieving a dominant position in national and international level.

The Organization

A CERT European Organization for Certification S.A. (“A CERT”) is an Inspection, Certification, Evaluation and Expert Examination Organization for Management Systems, Products, Assets, Projects and Persons. In addition it is offering a wide range of Analytical Laboratory Services.

A CERT maintains offices in Greece, Brussels, Germany, Bulgaria and Russian Federation and representation offices in Albania, Serbia, FYROM, Turkey, Lebanon (covering Gulf Countries), Palestine, Egypt (covering North Africa), Iran.

With strategic alliances worldwide and a wide network of collaborators, A CERT is always close to its clients and their target markets. Furthermore, with rapid business expansion, A CERT inspects, evaluates and certifies State authorities, companies, organizations, institutions, products and persons in the private and public sector.

Since its foundation A CERT has been an esteemed, reliable and well recognizable Certification Organization, employing experienced professionals with excellent knowhow and field expertise.

Following the increasing needs for production and supply of safe products in the global market, A CERT is now one of the leading organizations in Inspection, Evaluation and Certification.

Today, A CERT is a Certification Body accredited to provide inspection and certification services covering any business needs. Beside others, A CERT offers Property, Business, Investments Projects, Investments Programs and Credit Risk evaluation services for Funding, Banks, Venture Capitals, Business Angels and Real Estate Industry. Moreover, A CERT guarantees the interests of Buyers, Sellers and Banks assuring the quality and quantity of trading commodities.

International Collaborations

A CERT provides Inspection and Certification Services for Products, Management Systems and Persons as well as Analytical Laboratories Services. For this purpose A CERT collaborates with international Certification Bodies and Laboratories in order to offer services with significant added value.

Cosmetic Products

A CERT certifies cosmetic products which fulfill the following General Regulations and International Standards

  • -  Independently from the formulation of a natural cosmetic product, all products must comply first and foremost with the basic requirements of Cosmetics Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009, particularly with regard to their composition, safety, efficacy and labeling requirements.

  • -  Organic certified natural substances and derived natural substances must come from controlled organic farming and/or wild collection, certified by a duly recognized certification body or authority to an organic standard (Regulation (EC) No 834/2007).

  • -  In terms of GMO, finished products and starting materials, as well as the used enzymes and microorganisms must comply with the criteria laid down in the Regulation (EC) No 834/2007. This requirement also applies to substances which are not covered by the Regulation (e.g. non-organic certified ingredients, non-food or - feed substances).

  • -  In natural cosmetics, natural fragrances which correspond to ISO 9235 standard may be used.

  • -  Detergent surfactants substances used must be completely biodegradable in accordance with

    the Regulation (EC) No 648/2004.

  • -  The ISO 22716 standard concerning the Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) of cosmetics

    products must be applied.

    The categories of certified cosmetics products covered by A CERT are the following:

    a) Natural Cosmetic Product

- At least 95% of the ingredients are "natural" and "of natural origin". The finished product should contain a minimum percentage of "natural" ingredients that changes depending on the product.

b) Cosmetic Product Containing Organic Ingredients

  • -  At least 95% of the ingredients out the total ingredients, by weight, is natural and/or of natural origin.

  • -  At least 5% of the total ingredients, by weight, complies with the provisions of EC Reg. 834/2007 and its subsequent modifications and/or amendments, which may be added as preservatives.

  • -  If 70%, by weight, of the natural ingredients out of the total of ingredients able to be certified according to EC Reg. 834/2007 (vegetable, including those collected wild, and animal) comply with the provisions of EC Reg. 834/2007 and its subsequent modifications and/or amendments, which may be added as preservatives.

    c) Organic Cosmetic Product

  • -  At least 95% of the ingredients out the total ingredients, by weight, is natural and/or of natural origin.

  • -  At least 10% of the total ingredients, by weight, comply with the provisions of EC Reg. 834/2007 and its subsequent modifications and/or amendments, which may be added as preservatives.

  • -  If 95%, by weight, of the natural ingredients out of the total of ingredients able to be certified according to EC Reg. 834/2007 (vegetable, including those collect wild, and animal) comply with the provisions of EC Reg. 834/2007 and its subsequent modifications and/or amendments, which may be added as preservatives.