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Use of Logos and Marks

Accreditation and certification provide trust in the market place and this is often transmitted through use of logos and marks or statements which may be on products, advertising, web sites and certificates.

Inappropriate or deliberate misuse of such logos and language can undermine this so we are providing here a central location of resources to inform producers, traders and consumers on their proper use.

We invite anyone with any concerns on use of logos within the scope of activity of the IOAS to contact us with any concerns.

Marks are used at different levels; business to business and business to consumer.

 

IOAS accreditation symbol

The IOAS accreditation symbol (see right) is a business to business mark that denotes that a certification body is accredited by the IOAS and indicates their unique contract number. It may be used on certificates within the scope of their accreditation and on web sites and other promotional material. Rules for its use are set out in the IOAS Use of Logo and name policy.

 

Scheme owner symbols

Each scheme owner that the IOAS works with, whether government or private, has its own logo to denote that products have been certified to their rules. These work as both business to business (on certificates for example) and business to consumer logos which appear on products.

The following table indicates the scheme, the logo, main use and a link to published rules on permitted use.

 

Scheme name

Nature of scheme

Logo/Mark

Main use

Link to rules

Canada Organic Regulatory organic scheme covering domestic and imports

COR logo

Product and promotional material COR Labelling and General Information
COSMOS Organic Private international scheme for organic cosmetics

COSMOS organic logo

Product and promotional material – only used in combination with CB logo COSMOS-standard Labelling Guide
COSMOS Natural Private international scheme for natural cosmetics

COSMOS natural logo

Product and promotional material – only used in combination with CB logo COSMOS-standard Labelling Guide
European Organic Regulatory organic scheme covering domestic and imports

EU organic logo

Product and promotional material EU Logo and Labelling
GOTS Private international scheme covering organic textile processing

GOTS logo

Product and promotional material GOTS Licensing and Labelling Guide
IFOAM Private international scheme covering organic products

IFOAM Accredited logo

Product and promotional material – only under contract with CB and only used in combination with CB logo IFOAM

standard

Logos

NATRUE Private international scheme covering organic and natural cosmetics

Natrue logo

Product and promotional material Natrue Logo
Textile Exchange Private international scheme on chain of custody of organic products

TE OE logo

Product and promotional material Textile Exchange OE Standard
Textile Exchange Private international scheme on chain of custody of recycled products

TE RC logo

Product and promotional material Textile Exchange CS Standard