NCP – product certification for ecological non-food-products

The NCP standard (Nature Care Product) was created in the year 2015 to close  the regulatory gap in the non-food category and put forward much needed benchmarks for “ecological natural products”.

With NCP you can promote ecological non-food products and give them a place in the market.

Whether in the health food shop, in a speciality shop or a conventional point of sale,  the consumers have the possibility to choose an ecologically sound product.

HERE the standard and the accompanying positive list can be downloaded. (Please note that the positive list only lists the INCIs rated as compliant. A compliant INCI alone is no guarantee that the raw material is compliant! The criteria in the standard are relevant. See also "Details - Costs and certification procedure" on this page.)

Products from the following categories can be certified:

Everyday items (paper, toys, clothing, …)

Maintenance products for objects (dishes, fabrics, furniture, …)

Hygiene products (feminine hygiene, disinfection agents, repellents, …)

Garden products (insecticides, fertilisers, …)

Your product category, which has not been named here yet. Please don’t hesitate to contact us.

More Details

Scope of regulation of the NCP styandard: raw materials and their production processes feature

According to the terminology of the standard, the following requirements are set:

  • ONLY the raw materials listed in the standards
  • No quaternary ammonium compounds
  • No Bore or its derivatives
  • No phosphor and synthetic phosphates
  • No Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) according to REACH, neither CMR goods (according to CLP) – except for fragrances (ISO9235)
  • No classification of the final product in the series H400 (CLP)
  • No ingredients that are not readily biodegradable or not degradable in anaerobic conditions (DID list of the EU Ecolabel)
  • No genetic manipulation
  • No synthetic surfactants, fats, oils, waxes and silicones
  • No radioactive radiation
  • Palm oil only when inevitable – in that case, from organic agriculture
  • Possibly all plant and animal based ingredients are from organic agriculture
  • Animal testing is excluded (except where imposed by law, i.e. with biocide testing)
  • Animal ingredients have to originate from excrements (for fertilisation) or slaughterhouse waste (i.e. ox gall)
  • Extraction solvents are of plant based original

Packaging is well thought out, recyclable or reusable

Background for the certification of natural products

Foodstuff and unprocessed agricultural produce can be featured as “organic” products according to the EU Organic Regulation. For natural products such as cosmetics several standards have been created. Through them, associations of most different sizes and hierarchies came to life. They define the concept “natural cosmetic” in quite a similar way. Our product certification for natural cosmetics gears itself closely on the general criteria of the most known associations.

Pursuant to the understanding and expectations of the consumers, natural products should as far as possible been generated in natural processes. Nevertheless, newer production methods should also be evaluated on their sustainability characteristics. A working group “ecological raw materials” has been set up which takes care of this aspect. The expert circele, at the moment manned by GfaW, EcoControl and INCI-experts, develops in mutual exchange of knowledge and transfer of ideas sustainable ecological requirements for natural and organic products.
A first important focus is the substitution of petrochemical sources by plant-based ones, often also by animal or microbial ones. Especially  for natural cosmetics, ecological washing and cleaning products and household items a lot of pioneer work is carried out to preserve the functionality of the products.

 Would you be interested to take part in the working group “ecological raw materials”, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

Costs and procedure of an NCP certification

The price of a certification is divided in two. Costs are incurred by the standard owner and the certification body.
Standard owner: The reference to NCP standard with the possibility to use the mark requires 98 EUR per product, brand and year. For raw material manufacturers, the fee is €50 per raw material, brand and year.
Certification Body EcoControl GmbH: Certification is charged according to time. Depending on the type of product, an inspection takes different lengths of time. Please ask EcoControl for a cost estimate.

After establishing contact and concluding contracts with EcoControl and GfaW, please register your products with EcoControl. You will then receive the necessary documents. When your company registers a product for the first time, you must provide all data relevant for certification. Prerequisite for the evaluation of the products is all information about the raw materials described in the criteria.

Please note: The positive list shows INCIs that have been evaluated as compliant by EcoControl. It is not guaranteed that your raw materials meet the standard just because they contain the INCIs listed on the positive list!

Please read through the standard and make sure that each raw material meets the requirements specified in the criteria. The positive list is for orientation only.

The documents must contain the following information:

  1. Starting material of the raw material
  2. Processes, chemical or physical, used to produce the raw material.
  3. Auxiliary materials for the production of the raw material
  4. Declaration of freedom from GMOs, if necessary also for auxiliary materials such as fermentation organisms
  5. If necessary vegan explanation - if vegan advertising is desired.

If all information is complete and the raw materials meet the criteria based on this information, the products will receive a certificate entitling them to use the NCP label.

In annual on-site audits, the certification body verifies compliance with the criteria for the registered products and prepares an assessment report which forms the basis for maintaining the certificate. In the event of deviations, a period of time is granted to remedy them, depending on their severity. This period may range from 4 to 12 months. If the deviations are not remedied after the deadline, there is no longer conformity with the NCP standard and the products may no longer be awarded the seal.

The certification bodies approved by the NCP standard work in accordance with ISO 17065 and have longstanding experience in certifying ethically oriented standards in the industry.

Please feel free to contact us.

A range of NCP certified products