Limitation of biocides
To avoid over-use of antimicrobial substances, which may lead to the development of resistance in bacteria, it is important to limit the content of biocides in the products.
- Technical specification
- Cosmetic products
The product shall not be intended to have an antimicrobial function, i.e it may only contain biocides in order to preserve the product or the raw material in the product.
The supplier shall, upon request, be able to present any of for example the following:
- Valid license for any of for example the following labels:
Good Environmeltal Choice for Cosmetic products, version 2018:1
Nordic Ecolabelling for Cosmetic products, version 3
- The product's declaration of contents
- The product's label or product sheet where it appears that the product is not marketed as a biocidal product.
- The supplier’s self-declaration including technical documentation of compliance verified by an accredited verification body, accredited for the task in accordance with ISO/IEC 17029 or equivalent standard.
This requirement can be verified by label or product data sheet. Check that the label / product data sheet is not marketed with claims of biocide effects or similar.
If the requirement has been verified with a self-declaration verified by an accredited body, request the supplier's self-declaration including technical documentation of compliance that has been verified by an accredited verification body, accredited for the task in accordance with ISO/IEC 17029.
Information about the criterion
This requirement can be verified with the product's label or product sheet. More information on this can be found under “follow-up”.
Biocidal products such as disinfectants are not covered by these criteria.
There are currently no accredited verification bodies according to ISO / IEC 17029 (Conformity assessment - General principles and requirements for validation and verification bodies), as it is a relatively new standard. However, this may change, especially if the demand for verifying compliance in this way increases. This possibility is therefore included in the list of possible verifications. More information about the standard is available at www.swedac.se.
Biocide is Latin and means life killer. It is a chemical or biological pesticide with the purpose to prevent animals, plants or microorganisms, including viruses, from causing injury or inconvenience to human health or property damage.
A small amount of biocide is necessary in order to preserve most chemical-technical products, but overuse of antimicrobial substances could lead to development of resistance. The purpose of this requirement is to prevent biocides being added to products where there is no need. The requirement allows a certain amount of preservative to preserve the product.
The version date indicates when the sustainability criterion was created or last updated. Last reviewed dated tells when we last checked that the sustainability criterion still is relevant.
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