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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 IOAS policy PL0515.
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.
Nature of scheme
Link to rules
|Canada Organic||Regulatory organic scheme covering domestic and imports||Product and promotional material||COR Labelling and General Information|
|COSMOS Organic||Private international scheme for organic cosmetics||Product and promotional material – only used in combination with CB logo||COSMOS-standard Labelling Guide|
|COSMOS Natural||Private international scheme for natural cosmetics||Product and promotional material – only used in combination with CB logo||COSMOS-standard Labelling Guide|
|European Organic||Regulatory organic scheme covering domestic and imports||Product and promotional material||EU Logo and Labelling|
|GOTS||Private international scheme covering organic textile processing||Product and promotional material||GOTS Licensing and Labelling Guide|
|IFOAM||Private international scheme covering organic products||Product and promotional material – only under contract with CB and only used in combination with CB logo||IFOAM
|NATRUE||Private international scheme covering organic and natural cosmetics||Product and promotional material||Natrue Logo|
|Textile Exchange||Private international scheme on chain of custody of organic products||Product and promotional material||Textile Exchange OE Standard|
|Textile Exchange||Private international scheme on chain of custody of recycled products||Product and promotional material||Textile Exchange CS Standard|