COSMOS (COSMetic Organic Standard) is a Europe-wide private standard that was developed by five charters members:
- BDIH (Germany).
- Cosmebio (France).
- Ecocert Greenlife SAS (France).
- ICEA (Italy).
- Soil Association (Great Britain).
They were all combined under an AISBL (international non-profit organisation based in Brussels) the purpose of which was to set down minimum common requirements,harmonize organic and natural cosmetic certification rules, and lobby institutions in the sector’s interests.
COSMOS makes use of the principles in the Ecocert standard (January 2003 version):