Labeling of Environmental-Friendly Products
Many of our everyday items that are currently for sale contain plasticizers, microplastics and many other ingredients that are harmful to the environment and health. As a result, more and more people are looking for sustainable alternatives that respect and protect people and the environment.
NCP (Nature Care Product Standard) provides a simple environmental label for everyday items. The label is designed for all non-food products made from renewable raw materials, such as detergents, cleaning products, hygiene products, care products for objects, toys, candles or fertilizers that are made from natural ingredients and do not unnecessarily harm the environment.
This certification closes the regulatory gap in the ecological non-food sector, defining necessary standards for truly sustainable natural products for the first time.
NCP-certified products meet the highest quality standards due to the thorough product testing: for example, that they are made of natural sourced materials, preferably in organic quality. With the label, you can advertise your natural products and offer consumers the opportunity to recognize and choose a sustainable product.
For natural cosmetics, GfaW offers the NCS standard .
Here The standard and the accompanying INCI positive list can be downloaded HERE. The criteria in the standard are decisive for certification.
Further information can be found unter "Costs and Processes of Certification".„.
The NCP quality label identifies natural products and sets strict criteria which can be found in the standard. This concentrated marketing, that is the concentration of the versatile requirements in one label, offers you, as producer the following advantages:
The NCP standard defines and specifies the qualities of raw materials for natural products; some raw materials are strictly prohibited, such as quaternary ammonium compounds or borium and its derivatives.
For all further details, please refer to the NCP standard in the download area.
Costs of the Certification:
Procedure of the Certification:
Please note: all the information about the raw materials described in the criteria of the standard are a prerequisite for the evaluation of the products. The positive list of INCIs, which has been assessed as compliant by the certification body, is only considered as a guide in this regard.
It is therefore not guaranteed that your raw materials comply with the standard only because they contain the INCIs listed on the positive list!
If your product deviates from the NCP standard, you will be granted a certain amount of time to correct it. This can be 4 to 12 months, depending on the severity of the deviation. If the deviations are not corrected during this time, there will be no more conformity with the NCP, the certificate becomes invalid and the products cannot carry the label anymore. The NCP approved certification bodies operate in accordance with ISO 17065 and have many years of experience in certifying ethically oriented standards in the industry.
Currently approved certification body in product certifications:
Are you interested in a certification according to the NCP? Please feel free to contact us.
Food and unprocessed agricultural products can be labeled “organic”. Basis for this is the EU-Eco-Regulation. Anyhow, there is no comparable eco-regulation for natural products, that are produced and processed by agriculture or forestry but are not food.
Consumers expect and claim that natural products are also produced in natural processes as far as possible.
In order to ensure this, the work group "Ecologcial Raw Materials" regularly exchanges information on all current topics relevant to sustainability. The expert group, currently consisting of GfaW, EcoControl and INCI-Experts, develops sustainable ecological requirements for raw materials used for natural or organic products through mutual transfer of knowledge and ideas.
A central role plays the replacement of petrochemical starting materials with plant-, sometimes animal- or fungus-derived substances.
This replacement is absolutely pioneering especially performed by the producers of natural cosmetics, ecological detergents and cleaning agents as well as household articles. After all, the main aim is to guarantee or even improve the functionality of the products.
If the plant- or animal-based raw materials also come from organic farming, then a truly ecological non-food product is created!
If you are interested in attending the work group "Ecological Raw Materials", don´t hesitate to contact us.