BDIH Bundesverband Deutscher Industrie-und Handelsunternehmen (German: Federal Association of German Industry and Trade) is a German based organisation comprising over 440 producers and distributors of cosmetics, food supplements, nutritional foods and over-the-counter medicines that has developed a comprehensive set of guidelines for certifying natural cosmetics and which has now tested over 2,000 products.
The following guidelines define the concept of natural cosmetics in a sensible and clear manner, with the consumer’s expectations of safe and ecologically sound products in mind:
1) raw materials obtained from plants should be used from:
2) Deliberate rejection of
3) It is forbidden to disinfect organic raw materials and completed cosmetic products using radioactive radiation.
For the production of natural cosmetics, it is permissible to use components which are extracted through hydrolysis, hydrogenation, esterification, transesterification or other crackings and condensations from the following natural materials:
The actual raw material use is regulated by the positive list for development and production of certified natural cosmetics.
4) To ensure that products are microbiologically safe, certain nature-identical preservatives are allowed in addition to natural preservatives. These are:
When these preservatives are used, products must be labelled
“preserved with … [name of preservative]” etc.