In May 2009, Organic Farmers & Growers Ltd informed us at Aromantic Ltd that we had been successful in our bid for organic certification.
Who are Organic Farmers & Growers Ltd?
Organic Farmers & Growers Ltd (OF&G) is one of a number of control bodies accredited by Defra and is approved to inspect organic production and processing in the UK.
OF&G has its national headquarters in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, and operates across Great Britain and Northern Ireland, as well as the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. As a leader in organic certification for well over a decade, Organic Farmers & Growers has turned its expertise in organic inspection and licensing to this sector and has developed its Cosmetic and Bodycare Standard. This standard is based on the EU Organic Regulation (EC2092/91) and the Nordic Ecolabelling Standards.
What Aromantic's organic status means to you
You can be confident that the organic raw materials you purchase from Aromantic are indeed organic. It is unfortunate that many raw materials used in the cosmetic and beauty industry are marketed as organic when in fact they are not. More and more consumers are demanding health and beauty products which are free from harmful chemicals and that have not been genetically modified and Aromantic fully supports this. Aromantic is committed to purchasing organic raw materials wherever possible.
Under EU rules you can call your health and beauty products organic if the product contains organic ingredients. This does not mean that your products are "certified" as organic because your company has to go through the certification process because this process is also about your production methods, packing, distribution, etc and not just about the ingredients.
If your company decides to go through the process of certification, then the main advantage of Aromantic being certified organic is that you can be absolutely sure that you are getting truly organic products and if you go for certification yourself, then you will have Aromantic's organic certificate to prove that the ingredients you are using are really organic.
Another advantage to you is that you will be now using certified organic ingredients and can show Aromantic's certificate to prove it. Aromantic's current Certificate of Compliance is available for downloading here (PDF).
If you want to attain organic certification, we really recommend the Organic Farmers & Growers organisation. Their friendliness and common sense approach makes dealing with them a pleasure. See www.organicfarmers.org.uk for more information and their contact details.
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