50 BASF products COSMOS-approved

November 3, 2011

Press Release

BASF's business unit Personal Care Europe has announced that 50 of its products have been evaluated and approved for compliance with the COSMOS standard. Developed by Europe's leading NGOs for natural and organic cosmetics, this new standard has been set up according to common requirements and definitions for this specific cosmetic segment. The products concerned were already either ECOCERT and/or BDIH-registered. BASF is therefore one of the first raw materials suppliers who offer a wide range of products in line with the new Europe-wide COSMOS guidelines and criteria.

"We are very excited to have so many products approved for compliance with the new cosmetics standard," say Ute Griesbach and Stephane Lacoutiére, both European Marketing Managers. "This means that when formulating organic and natural cosmetics according to the COSMOS standard, our customers can choose from a considerable range of recognized and approved products. We also plan to obtain certification for more products in the future, further expanding this choice." The new international standard is the harmonized result of the most important national standards and reflects the increasingly international nature of the cosmetics market.

Approved ingredients for organic and natural cosmetics
In recent years, BDIH, COSMEBIO, ECOCERT Greenlife, ICEA and SOIL Association and their associated certification bodies have been working together to harmonize their various certification schemes and rules, in order to develop a single internationally recognized standard. Officially launched by COSMOS AISBL in April 2011, the new standard offers full transparency and comparability for purchasers of cosmetic ingredients (i.e. manufacturers) – and therefore for consumers too.


About Care Chemicals
BASF's Care Chemicals division offers a broad portfolio of products for hygiene, personal care, home care, industrial & institutional cleaning as well as technical applications. Through the acquisition of Cognis, Care Chemicals has become the leading supplier to the cosmetics industry and has strengthened its number one position in products for the detergents and cleaners industry. The high quality product portfolio of the division mainly comprises surfactants, polymers, emollients, chelating agents, UV filters and biocides. The offering is completed by superabsorbents, developed for the requirements in all fields of hygiene applications. Care Chemicals operates production and development sites as well as sales offices all over the world.

About BASF
BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products, and agricultural products to oil and gas. As a reliable partner BASF creates chemistry to help its customers in virtually all industries to be more successful. With its high-value products and intelligent solutions, BASF plays an important role in finding answers to global challenges such as climate protection, energy efficiency, nutrition and mobility. BASF posted sales of more than €63.9 billion in 2010 and had approximately 109,000 employees as of the end of the year. Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at http://www.basf.com/ or in the Social Media Newsroom at newsroom.basf.com.

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