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  • Organic Food Chain (OFC)
  • Australian Certified Organic (ACO)
  • Australian Made
  • Choose Cruelty Free (CCF)
  • Safe Cosmetics Australia (SCA)

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Standards and Certifications


The Organic Food Chain (OFC) is an Australian Organic Certification body, operating globally.

The Organic Food Chain Pty Ltd (OFC) represents the co-operative vision of two commercially orientated organic farmers and their families. The two families recognised the need for an organised and highly accountable system of Organic Accreditation and product differentiation.

The OFC quality system meets the rigorous requirements of The Department of Agriculture (DofA) making us an Organic Approved Certifying Organisation. The OFC is also accredited by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) as a National Organic Program (NOP) certification agency.

The Organic Food Chain Pty Ltd is currently registered with the European Union as an Organic Certifying Body complying with Regulation EC94/92 as part of Regulation EC2092/91.

What the OFC can do for you;

  • OFC will help you become accredited under an organic management system – either as a producer, processor, retailer, wholesaler and/or exporter
  • OFC will assist you to overcome the common problems that arise with implementing an organic system
  • Provide the nationally and internationally recognised OFC logo
  • Offer additional organic USDA NOP accreditation
  • Provide a confidential and professional service

OFC will keep you up to date via our newsletter and other communications on;

  • Changing policies and procedures in organic systems
  • Market trends nationally and internationally
  • New innovations nationally and internationally

Our basic business interest is much broader than simply encouraging you to use the OFC for Organic Certification and to accredit your organic system to the National Standards.

OFC take an interest in their clients’ needs in essential areas of;

  • Sustainable cost effective production
  • Demand/supply management
  • Domestic and international marketing
  • Environmental Management

OFC have organic certification that will suit your business whether you are;

  • A producer of grain, cattle, sheep or in another industry
  • A processor for food or skincare
  • A distributor, retailer, wholesaler and/or exporter

Our aim is to make the OFC brand synonymous with Quality Organic Products leading the industry on a global basis.

OFC CLIENT INFORMATION KIT (no attachments) | OFC – Client Information Kit 09-07-14

LAST UPDATE: January 2015


Australia |

Standards and Certifications

Australian Certified Organic (ACO) is Australia’s largest certifier for organic and biodynamic produce and has over 1500 operators within its certification system.

ACO is a not for profit fully-owned subsidiary of Australia Organic Ltd.

ACO provides certification services to operators from all sectors of the organic industry. Certification ensures compliance with national production standards and allows trace back of all products to their origin.


Australian Certified Organic cosmetics and skin care products contain more than 95% certified organic ingredients. The remaining small percentage (maximum 5%) of non-organic ingredients must be natural ingredients validated by ACO for using in organic cosmetics.


Choosing organic cosmetics is not always easy if you don’t know what you are looking for. There are a number of organic certifiers world-wide and each one certifies cosmetic products to a different set of standards. Some permit just 10% organic ingredients, while others demand a high level, up to 95%. Different amounts of organic ingredients allowed under different standards means some cosmetic products may not match consumers’ organic expectations.

Consumers choosing products that are certified ‘Australian Certified Organic’ (ACO) have every assurance. The standards which ACO certifies to are recognised as some of the most stringent organic standards for cosmetics internationally.


The Australian Certified Organic logo (known as the ‘bud’) is Australia’s organic industry’s leading logo. It carries with it the ability to market organic produce on both domestic and international markets with confidence and market advantage. The logo is well recognised both in Australia, and now in increasingly key areas such as Asia, Europe and the US. Having the largest market share means that organic certification is now becoming synonymous with certification and the bud logo – visit the markets, retailers, or even your supermarket chains such as Coles and Woolworths to see!

Our clients include certified operators in the Pacific, South East Asia and Japan, as well as in all states and territories of Australia. ACO clients, large and small, represent all sectors in the organic industry – from primary producers, processors and exporters to retailers and wholesalers.

Any time you see the ACO logo, whether on food or cosmetic products, you can be assured the product contains a minimum of 95% certified organic ingredients, with all remaining ingredients naturally sourced and derived.

ACO certified cosmetics are accepted by most major trading countries without any additional requirements.


ACO certifies cosmetics under the Australian National Standard, National Organic Program (USDA), and COSMOS standards.

While the standards are recognised as some of the most stringent organic standards for cosmetics internationally, each has different characteristics and requirements, so it is important for manufacturers and cosmetics companies to choose the standard that better suits to their products and markets where the products will be sold.

Comparing the differences among the standards

WHAT ARE AUSTRALIAN CERTIFIED ORGANIC COSMETICS? | Australian Certified Organic Cosmetics 2014

LAST UPDATE: August 2014


Australia |

Standards and Certifications


Shopping for Australian made and grown products can seem pretty confusing, but it doesn’t have to be.

Simply look for the famous green and gold Australian Made, Australian Grown kangaroo logo – it’s been helping consumers for more than 25 years.

The logo was launched by Bob Hawke in 1986 and for the first 10 years of its life was managed by the Advance Australia Foundation. These days it’s administered by Australian Made Campaign Limited (AMCL), a not-for-profit company, under contract from the Federal Government.

It’s a certification trade mark, registered with the Federal Government, and with a strict set of rules (Code of Practice – see below) governing how it can be used. Products must be registered with AMCL and must meet the criteria in the Code of Practice to use the logo.

Independent research carried out by Roy Morgan in 2012 showed that almost all Australian consumers (98.8%) recognise the logo, and it is the logo which gives the vast majority (88.6%) of Australian consumers strong confidence that a product is Australian.


The logo can be used with several different descriptors underneath which may apply to cosmetics. Here’s what they mean;

  • Australian Made
    The product is substantially transformed in Australia and at least 50% of the cost of production has been incurred in Australia.
  • Australian Grown
    Each significant ingredient has been grown in Australia and all or virtually all of the production processes have occurred in Australia.
    When the logo is used with the words ‘Australian Grown’ plus the name of an ingredient, e.g. ‘Australian Grown Potatoes’ it means that 100% of the named ingredients (e.g. the potatoes) was grown in Australia, and at least 90% of the whole product was grown here.
  • Product of Australia
    All of the product’s significant ingredients come from Australia, and all or nearly all of the manufacturing or processing is also carried out in Australia.
  • Australian
    Can only be used in export markets. The product must satisfy the criteria for at least one of the four preceding claims, and not be misleading.
    (Australian Seafood is the last category, not applicable here).


Ownership is important to many Australians and for that reason a number of businesses choose to include ‘& owned’ with the relevant country of origin claim for their products.

To make this claim at least 51% of the company’s shares must be in Australian ownership and the business must have its head office in Australia.

The AMAG logo cannot be used on products which do not meet the criteria in the Code of Practice, irrespective of whether the company is Australian owned or not.

For more information about using the logo, download the AMAG Logo Code of Practice or call 1800 350 520.

Australian Made Product Directory

AMAG LOGO CODE OF PRACTICE | Australian Made Code Of Practice – July 2014

LAST UPDATE: August 2014


Australia |

Standards and Certifications

Choose Cruelty Free (CCF) is an independent, non-profit organisation based in Australia, which produces the Choose Cruelty Free List (CCF List) and actively campaigns for an end to animal testing of cosmetics, toiletries and other household products.

CCF surveys and accredits cruelty-free companies selling cosmetics, toiletries and household cleaning products to Australian consumers, online and/or retail. Accredited companies join the CCF List online, in the free CCF App and in the printed booklet which is produced twice per year.

All CCF work is performed largely by volunteers who believe in a cruelty-free lifestyle.


For CCF accreditation and a free listing, your company must;

  1. Produce cosmetics, toiletries and/or household cleaning products
  2. Be fully established for one year
  3. Have an ABN number (or equivalent for offshore companies)
  4. Have a business email address and an operational website

If you can meet these initial criteria, please read on. If your company is not yet established please contact us again in the future and we will be happy to help you.

To become an accredited cruelty-free company with Choose Cruelty Free (CCF), you must fill in the Questionnaire for Accreditation, including a legally binding contract. Accreditation and listing on this website, in the CCF App and in the printed booklet is free of charge. Once accredited, companies may opt to take out a License to use the CCF Rabbit Logo for an annual fee. There is no obligation to take out a License. It is illegal to use the CCF Rabbit Logo unless you have entered into a License Agreement with CCF to do so.


The manufacturer of products and all related corporations (if any) must satisfy one of the following criteria;

  • The never tested rule
    None of its products and none of its product ingredients have ever been tested on animals by it, by anyone on its behalf, by its suppliers or anyone on their behalf.
  • The five year (or +) rolling rule
    None of its products and none of its product ingredients have been tested on animals by it, by anyone on its behalf, by its suppliers or anyone on their behalf at any time within a period of five years immediately preceding the date of application for accreditation.

Unlike other lists of cruelty-free companies, CCF also has a strict policy on animal-derived ingredients.

CCF will not accredit a manufacturer if any of its products contain any ingredients;

  • Derived from an animal killed specifically for the extraction of that ingredient
  • Forcibly extracted from a live animal in a manner that occasioned pain or discomfort
  • Derived from any wildlife
  • That are by-products of the fur industry
  • That are slaughterhouse by-products of a commercially significant value (meaning the animal was not killed specifically for the ingredient, but that the ingredient was available due to the animal being killed for other purposes)

CCF also will not accredit companies unless all parent and subsidiaries (example The Body Shop being owned by L’Oreal) are also accredited. This is one of the reasons that lists produced by other organisations may include companies that CCF would not accredit. Companies applying for accreditation by CCF must sign a legally-binding contract to the effect that what they have said in their application is the truth about their practices. CCF has never accepted ‘Statements of assurances’ – the company must fill in the detailed Questionnaire and sign the contract.

CCF List – Accredited Cruelty-Free Companies

For CCF’s position in relation to palm oil, please visit our Palm Oil page here.

LAST UPDATE: January 2015


Australia |

Standards and Certifications


Safe Cosmetics Australia (SCA) assists consumers who wish to exclude harmful chemicals from the products they choose by delivering a Toxic-Free List of companies that have been independently reviewed.

SCA’s mission is to raise toxic-free awareness, promoting companies who formulate products based on natural plant and mineral ingredients by providing a consumer recognised logo that manufacturers can incorporate into their product labels and marketing material, consumers can readily identify products as being Australian Certified Toxic-Free® – companies have submitted a signed “Product Ingredient Declaration” ensuring that their ingredients meet their toxic-free criteria.

SCA Toxic-Free List


Safe Cosmetics Australia (SCA) is dedicated to educating consumers about chemicals linked to cancer, birth defects, organ toxicity and other adverse health impacts.

SCA encourages manufacturers, suppliers and retailers to exclude hazardous chemicals from the products they sell or manufacture.

Support “The Toxic-Free Campaign”® by following them on Facebook, and show the Australian Government that consumers, manufacturers, suppliers and retailers do not support the use of hazardous chemicals in Australian products.

SCA has reviewed all brands published on the Toxic-Free List, companies have submitted a signed Product Ingredient Declaration confirming that they use only natural plant and mineral ingredients.

Frequently Asked Questions

LAST UPDATE: August 2014

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