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COSMOS "constitution" set

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

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European organizations BDIH from Germany, Cosmebio and Ecocert from France, ICEA from Italy and the U.K.'s Soil Association have formed a non-profit association to develop the COSMOS standard as an internationally recognized standard for organic and natural cosmetics. The COSMOS-standard AISBL will "ensure cooperation between all parties for the benefits of consumers," BDIH's Harald Dittmar says in a release. The constitution for the standard was incorporated by members on May 4. The association will further develop the COSMOS standard, oversee and authorize certification, as well as "evolve continually in the direction of more organic ingredients and environmental improvement," according to May 18 release. Cosmebio's Betty Santonnat was appointed secretary general for daily management of the non-profit. The association will be open to new member organizations once it receives a royal decree from Belgian authorities. The COSMOS organic standard was released in June of last year (1"The Rose Sheet" June 15, 2009, In Brief)
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