Very good choice

Cred­ib­il­ity

En­vir­on­ment

So­cio-E­co­nom­ic

  • Aim/Focus
  • Standard organisation
  • Good to know
The label identifies detergents and cleaning products that are predominantly made from organically grown ingredients. In addition, further environmentally friendly requirements are set. These relate, for example, to the degradability and toxicity of the product.
The standard organisation is Probila-Unitrab, a member association of organic farming based in Belgium. In addition to activities in the food sector, the association awards the Ecogarantie label for detergents and cleaning products.
There are also requirements for the production process. For example, only renewable energy may be used in the production process.

Cred­ib­il­ity 68%

  • Availability of Scheme Structure
  • Independence of Scheme Owner from Certificate Holder
  • Availability of Standard
  • Public Consultation of Standard
  • Standard Review
  • Consistent interpretation of the standard
  • Procedure on Remediation
  • CAB Complaints Mechanism
  • Defined Duration of Certificate / License
  • Scheme Legal Status
  • Level of Conformity Assessment
  • Claims Policy
  • Sources of Finance
  • Standard-Setting Process
  • Stakeholder feedback
  • Assessment Methodology
  • Accredited/Approved CABs
  • Clarity of claims
  • Scheme Management
    9/21
    • Governance
      9/13
      • Does the scheme owner make its organisational structure available?
        Answer: Yes (on request)
        Score: 1/2
        Possible answers
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes publicly (2 points)
        • No (0 points)

        Source:

        Statutes coordonnes Probila Unitrab, Published in: 'Moniteur Belgique 03-08-2009, 51783'

      • Is the scheme owner a legal entity, or an organization that is a partnership of legal entities, or a government or inter-governmental agency?
      • Is there a mechanism by which the top decision-making body members are accountable to all stakeholders?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)

        Source:

        Statutes coordonnes Probila Unitrab, Published in: 'Moniteur Belgique 03-08-2009, 51783' "Within the status, we can understand how the professional organizationis governed. Two levels of decision : General Assembly – Board of Directors.And that there is indeed some information concerning “decision makingprocedures and more specific about how Ecogarantie integrates thestakeholder involvement into the decision making of the management ofProbila- Unitrab”.All licensee users (organic food and non-food sectors) are members ofthe professional organization and therefore take part at the GeneralAssembly (highest instance in terms of responsibility and decision).They can also take part of the Board of directors (after election(vote) by the members).The board of directors mainly follows the action plans and thefinancial activities." also see https://ecogarantie.eu/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Infography.pdf WHO IS PROBIL A UNITRAB ? In January 2018, 11 current members volunteered themselves to manage Biogarantie and Ecogarantie. Together, they are the Probila Unitrab board of directors. HOW DOES PROBIL A WORK? 1) meeting The board members meet every 3 months and discuss the labels specifications. The report of the meeting is published on our website and controlled every 6 months. 2) requests: Once a year, a general assembly is held for all the members. They can raise issues and submit standard amendments. We find solutions together. 3) DECISION The comitee appointed by the assembly consults with experts about appropriate modifications which guarantees a high standard norm. 4) FOLLOW UP: Probila contacts the control bodies so that they can adapt they auditing ways. An email is also sent to all the members about the specifications updates.

      • Do the voting procedures of the top decision-making body ensure that there is a balanced representation of stakeholder interests, where no single interest predominates?
        Answer: yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)

        Source:

        Internal document: "PU_organization-sheets_20211221"

      • Does the scheme owner make quantitative information on the income sources or financing structure of the scheme available?
        Answer: Yes publicly
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes publicly (2 points)
        • No (0 points)

        Source:

        "http://www.ecogarantie.eu/sites/default/files/documents/Royalties%20EN.pdf AGREEMENT FOR THE USE OFECOGARANTIE®" The label is financed via a royalty fee. Only members of Probila-Unitrab can use the label. Royalty is "calculated on the sales turnover figures that the licensee has achieved the previous year in the European Union."

      • Does the scheme owner have an internal quality management system available?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/2
        Possible answers
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes publicly (2 points)
        • No (0 points)

        Source:

        http://www.probila-unitrab.be/nl/wat-probila No information on the website on internal quality management systems such as monitoring and evaluation, quality

      • Is the scheme owner economically independent from the certificate holder?
        Answer: yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)
      • Does the scheme owner have sustainability-oriented goals and objectives?
        Answer: yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)
      • Does the scheme owner have a strategy for meeting its sustainability-oriented goals and objectives?
        Answer: Yes publicly
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes publicly (2 points)

        Source:

        Ecogarantie, September 2016: Specifications, Rules and standards for the inspection and certification of sustainable products, p.3

    • Impact
      0/5
      • Does the scheme owner have a system in place for measuring its impacts and progress towards its sustainability goals?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes publicly (2 points)
      • Does the scheme owner use the results of monitoring and evaluation for learning and improvements to its programme?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)
      • Does the scheme owner make sustainability results from M&E available?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes publicly (2 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
    • Supporting Strategies
      0/3
      • Does the scheme provide access to technical assistance for compliance with the standard?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
      • Does the scheme provide access to technical assistance beyond compliance with the standard?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
      • Does the scheme provide access to finance for enterprises seeking certification?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
  • Standard-Setting
    9/15
    • Is the standard made available free of charge?
      Answer: Yes publicly
      Score: 2/2
      Possible answers
      • Yes (on request) (1 point)
      • Yes publicly (2 points)
      • No (0 points)
    • Has a set of key sustainability issues in the sector or product lifecycle been defined in the standard-setting process?
      Answer: yes
      Score: 1/1
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (1 point)

      Source:

      Ecogarantie, September 2016: Specifications, Rules and standards for the inspection and certification of sustainable products, p. 15

    • Are the standard-setting procedures or a public summary of how stakeholders can engage made available?
      Answer: Yes publicly
      Score: 2/2
      Possible answers
      • Yes (on request) (1 point)
      • Yes publicly (2 points)
      • No (0 points)
    • Which stakeholders can participate in the standard-setting process?
      Answer: Invitation only
      Score: 1/2
      Possible answers
      • Members only (1 point)
      • Invitation only (1 point)
      • All stakeholders (2 points)
    • Are stakeholders who are directly affected by the standard provided opportunities to participate in standard setting?
      Answer: No
      Score: 0/1
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (1 point)
    • Are draft standards field tested / piloted for relevance and auditability during the development process?
      Answer: Not Applicable
      Possible answers
      • Yes (1 point)
      • No (0 points)
      • Not applicable (0 points)
    • Does the scheme owner provide information on how the input received from consultations has been included in the final version of the standard?
      Answer: Yes (on request)
      Score: 1/2
      Possible answers
      • Yes (on request) (1 point)
      • Yes publicly (2 points)
      • No (0 points)

      Source:

      16-7-11 Minutes of Namur Working group 2016 Cosmetic Confidential documentation: Minutes provide clear description of the collected feedback and how these have been addressed in the new standard

    • Do the voting procedures of the decision-making body responsible for standard setting ensure that there is a balanced representation of stakeholder interests?
      Answer: No
      Score: 0/1
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (1 point)
    • Is the standard reviewed and, if necessary, revised at least every 5 years?
      Answer: yes
      Score: 1/1
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (1 point)

      Source:

      "Ecogarantie, September 2016: Specifications, Rules and standards for the inspection and certification of sustainable products. No documentation found stating the frequency of revision. However in practice standard is regular updated: previous standard dates May 2015.

    • Does the scheme ensure that guidance is in place to support consistent interpretation of the standard?
      Answer: yes
      Score: 1/1
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • yes (1 point)
    • Are there procedures and guidance for application or interpretation of the standard to regional contexts?
      Answer: Not Applicable
      Possible answers
      • Yes (1 point)
      • No (0 points)
      • Not applicable (0 points)
    • Does the scheme owner have a complaints mechanism for the standard-setting process?
      Answer: No
      Score: 0/2
      Possible answers
      • Yes (on request) (1 point)
      • Yes, publicly (2 points)
      • No (0 points)
  • Assurance
    50/68
    • Assurance System
      16/19
      • Is there a documented assessment methodology for CABs to assess compliance with the standard?
        Answer: Yes publicly available
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (1 point)
        • Yes publicly available (2 points)
      • Is application (to get certified/verified) open to all potential applicants within the scope of the scheme?
        Answer: yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)
      • Does the scheme owner require CABs to have an assessment fee schedule?
        Answer: Yes publicly avilable
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (1 point)
        • Yes publicly avilable (2 points)

        Source:

        Ecogarantie, September 2016: Specifications, Rules and standards for the inspection and certification of sustainable products, p. 52 Appendix 4: Agreement For the use of Ecogarantie Trademark "The CB agrees to transmit to Probila Unitrab the calculation system and the cost rates for control and certification of Ecogarantie® trademark both for Belgium and for foreign countries"

      • Does the scheme owner require CABs to have a documented complaints mechanism in place for compliance decisions?
        Answer: Yes publicly available
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (1 point)
        • Yes publicly available (2 points)

        Source:

        Ecogarantie, September 2016: Specifications, Rules and standards for the inspection and certification of sustainable products, p. 52 Appendix 4: Agreement For the use of Ecogarantie Trademark "10. Operators may appeal against decisions of the CB in accordance with the appeals procedure implemented in the CB. In case of contest, the CB will suggest to an expert of Probila-Unitrab to sit in, at the exclusion of an operator."

      • Does the scheme owner make, or require CABs to make, summary certification/verification reports (with personal and commercially sensitive information removed) available?
        Answer: Confidential
        Score: 1/2
        Possible answers
        • No (no reports) (0 points)
        • Confidential (1 point)
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes publicly (2 points)

        Source:

        Ecogarantie, September 2016: Specifications, Rules and standards for the inspection and certification of sustainable products, p. 13 """5.4. ConfidentialityThe certification body promises to respect the confidentiality of the information given in the inspection reports (and, more specifically, of all data concerning the composition of the products) or in the reports of the certification teams. Only the certification status can be made public by the certification bodies."""

      • Does the certificate or license define the scope of assurance?
        Answer: yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)

        Source:

        Ecogarantie, September 2016: Specifications, Rules and standards for the inspection and certification of sustainable products, p. 10

      • Does the scheme owner maintain or require CABs to maintain a publicly accessible list of certified or verified enterprises, or a list of verified products/product groups, or a list of members (in case of membership-based initiatives)?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/2
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes incl. scope of certificate or license (2 points)

        Source:

        Ecogarantie, September 2016: Specifications, Rules and standards for the inspection and certification of sustainable products, p. 52 Appendix 4: Agreement For the use of Ecogarantie Trademark """8. Every six months The list of operators in order of membership (contract, payment) will be transmitted byProbila-Unitrab to the CB. In case of new member, Probila-Unitrab will directly inform the CB. The list of operators in order of membership and the list of recognized products will be sent by the CBto Probila-Unitrab. In case of withdrawal of the authorization for serious offenses committed byoperators, the CB directly informs Probila-Unitrab."""

      • Does the scheme owner maintain a list of all accredited/approved CABs?
        Answer: Yes (publicly)
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes (publicly) (2 points)

        Source:

        https://ecogarantie.eu/the-certification/ Who are the control bodies? * Certisys biocertification * TUV nord * quality partner ECOGARANTIE® SPECIFICATIONS Rules and standards for the inspection and certification of ecological products https://ecogarantie.eu/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Ecogarantie-Standards-2021-website.pdf APPENDIX 1: LIST OF FOREIGN CERTIFICATION BODIES AND STANDARDS THAT ARE APPROVED BY PROBILA-UNITRAB FOR APPLICATIONS IN COSMETICS AND THAT MIGHT BE APPROVED FOR APPLICATIONS IN WASHING PRODUCTS. COSMETICS Ecocert Greenlife, France BP 47, 32600 L’Isle Jourdain (France) Tel: + 33 562 07 34 24 E-mail: cosmetiques@ecocert.com www.ecocert.com For the inspection and certification of the following specifications and the related conformity attests for raw materials and semi-manufactured products: «Ecocert France, Référentiel définissant les produits cosmétiques, écologiques et biologiques » (Cosmebio) Bureau Veritas Certification (Qualité France) Immeuble « le Guillaumet » 60, Avenue du Général de Gaulle 92046 Paris La Défense Cedex Tel: +33 (0) 1 41 97 00 74 E-mail: vanessa.savatte@fr.bureauveritas.com www.bureauveritas.fr For the inspection and certification of the following specifications and the related conformity attests for raw materials and semi-manufactured products: «Ecocert France, Référentiel définissant les produits cosmétiques, écologiques et biologiques » (Cosmebio) Soil Association South Plaza, Marlborough Street, Bristol BS1 3NX, UK Tel: + 44 117 314 5000 E-mail: proc.cert@soilassociation.org www.soilassociation.org for the inspection and certification of the following specifications: “Soil Association, Standards for Health and Beautycare Products” BDIH (Federation of German Industries and Trading Firms for pharmaceuticals, health care goods, dietary supplements and personal hygiene products) L11, 20-22, D-68161 Mannheim, Germany Tel: +49 621 309 808 60 E-mail: bdih@bdih.de www.bdih.de for the inspection and certification of the following specifications and the related conformity attests for raw materials and semi-manufactured products: “BDIH, Guidelines for controlled natural cosmetics” SEASALT CERTIPLANET (PORTUGAL) for the inspection and certification of the following specifications: “CERTIPLANET, Cahier des charges SEL »

      • Does the scheme owner review their assurance system on a periodic basis?
        Answer: Ad hoc
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Annual (1 point)
        • Every 3 years (1 point)
        • Every 5 years (1 point)
        • Ad hoc (1 point)
      • Does the scheme owner require that clients and other affected stakeholders are notified of changes to the assurance requirements?
        Answer: yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)

        Source:

        As soon as a new modification enters the standards, it is showed to the board of members for validation and then sent to members by newsletter with the details of modifications.

      • Does the scheme owner allow partial certification by an enterprise, with requirements to increase the percentage of certified produce over time?
        Answer: No Information available
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)
      • Does the scheme owner have a documented assessment methodology for CABs that are assessing chain of custody?
        Answer: yes publicly available
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • yes publicly available (2 points)
        • yes available on request (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        "Ecogarantie, September 2016: Specifications, Rules and standards for the inspection and certification of sustainable products,APPENDIX 5: CHECK LIST p. 55" Checklist: "Manufacturer must provide evidence - Protocols will be developed by Ecogarantie®Ecogarantie®Ecogarantie in nearby future. "

    • Conformity Assessment
      21/26
      • Conformity Assessment Process
        3/3
        • What is the most independent type of conformity assessment required by the scheme?
          Answer: 3rd party
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • 1st party (0 points)
          • 2nd party (0 points)
          • 3rd party (1 point)
          • (0 points)
          • (0 points)
        • Does the scheme owner define guidelines for decision-making to ensure that CABs use consistent procedures for determining compliance of clients with the standard?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)

          Source:

          """Ecogarantie, September 2016: Specifications, Rules and standards for the inspection and certification of sustainable products,APPENDIX 5: CHECK LIST p. 55"""

        • Does the scheme owner require CABs to have a procedure in place for how clients are required to address non-conformities, including when a certificate or license is suspended or revoked?
          Answer: yes
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • yes (1 point)

          Source:

          """Ecogarantie, September 2016: Specifications, Rules and standards for the inspection and certification of sustainable products,APPENDIX 5: CHECK LIST p. 55""" p. 13 Any breach of these specifications will be penalized byt the CB according to the level of sanction laid down in the Regional Decree of Februray the 11th 2010 for Wallonie and of December 3rd 2009 for Brussels...

      • Sustainability Audits
        9/11
        • Does the scheme owner require CABs to be compliant with ISO/IEC 17065, ISO/IEC 17021, ISO/IEC 17020 or equivalent?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
          • Not Applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          "Ecogarantie, September 2016: Specifications, Rules and standards for the inspection and certification of sustainable products, p 15 "The certification body has to be approved by the competent authorities to carry out audits in the frame of the EC Regulation 834/2007. This implies in particular that the certification bodies have made the necessary steps to obtain the accreditation according the EN 45011 or ISO 65 or ISO 17020 norms. The fact that an approval has been issued in the frame of the EC Regulation 834/2007, offers enough guarantees as for the method of work of the certification bodies, even for application fields which would not be resumed in the EC Regulation 834/2007 but in the present specifications."

        • At least how often do clients undergo a full audit process?
          Answer: 1 year or less
          Score: 2/2
          Possible answers
          • 1 year or less (2 points)
          • 1-2 years (2 points)
          • 2-3 years (2 points)
          • 4-5 years (1 point)
          • 5 years or more (1 point)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          Ecogarantie, September 2016: Specifications, Rules and standards for the inspection and certification of sustainable products, p 12

        • Is the frequency of an audit based in part on a risk assessment of the client?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          EC regulation 889/2008 The CAB complies with european regulation which allows risk-based schedules of auditing.

        • What type of activities are CABs required to undertake during a full audit?
          Answer: Field visit (incl. office visit & doc. review)
          Score: 2/2
          Possible answers
          • Document review (off-site) only (1 point)
          • Document review on-site (1 point)
          • Field visit (incl. office visit & doc. review) (2 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          Ecogarantie, September 2016: Specifications, Rules and standards for the inspection and certification of sustainable products, p 12 "5.1. Auditing activitiesAudit may include following activities:> Audit of the accounting practices: audit of the nature and the origin of the products that were purchased, audit of the origin of the ingredients, audit of the quantities of ingredients that were purchased and of the finished products, based on the purchase and sales invoices, on the offers and price lists, among other documents;> Audit of the production method: to establish the composition of the products, to examine the production methods and the materials that were used;> Audit of packages and labels;> Measures taken by the company in order to separate the sustainable produce from the non-sustainable produce and therefore avoid contamination through the whole process of production. ;> Visit of the production units and warehouses, residue analyses on ingredients and final products.

        • Does the scheme owner allow or require CABs to do unscheduled audits?
          Answer: Allowed
          Score: 1/2
          Possible answers
          • Allowed (1 point)
          • Required (2 points)
          • Not allowed (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          Ecogarantie, September 2016: Specifications, Rules and standards for the inspection and certification of sustainable products, p 12

        • Are auditors required to solicit external stakeholder input during the audit process?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Does the scheme owner require CABs to follow a consistent report format?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          standard part I C4.1: The inspections should follow a uniform reporting format designed by the certification body.

        • Are the people making the compliance decision different from those engaged in the audit process?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          Ecogarantie, September 2016: Specifications, Rules and standards for the inspection and certification of sustainable products,p. 7

        • Does the scheme allow for group certification or verification?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Group Certification
        0/0
        • Is the group required to have an internal management system?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • Is there a requirement that at least all group sites are visited during the period of validity of the certificate?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          no group certification allowed

        • Is there a sample size formula to determine the number of group members that is externally verified?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
          • Yes based on risk assessment (2 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          no group certification allowed

        • Do the requirements on group certification/verification define the conditions under which a group member shall be suspended or removed from a group?
          Answer: Not Applicable
          Possible answers
          • Member suspended from certification (1 point)
          • Member removed from a group (0 points)
          • Group suspension (0 points)
          • No repercussion (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          no group certification allowed

      • Chain of Custody
        5/6
        • Does the scheme owner require CoC CABs to be compliant with ISO/IEC 17020, ISO/IEC 17021, or ISO/IEC 17065 or equivalent?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          "Ecogarantie, September 2016: Specifications, Rules and standards for the inspection and certification of sustainable products, p 15 "The certification body has to be approved by the competent authorities to carry out audits in the frame of the EC Regulation 834/2007. This implies in particular that the certification bodies have made the necessary steps to obtain the accreditation according the EN 45011 or ISO 65 or ISO 17020 norms. The fact that an approval has been issued in the frame of the EC Regulation 834/2007, offers enough guarantees as for the method of work of the certification bodies, even for application fields which would not be resumed in the EC Regulation 834/2007 but in the present specifications."

        • What is the most independent type of CoC conformity assessment required by the scheme?
          Answer: 3rd party
          Score: 2/2
          Possible answers
          • 1st party (1 point)
          • 2nd party (1 point)
          • 3rd party (2 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
        • What type of activities are CoC CABs required to undertake during a full CoC assessment?
          Answer: Field visit (incl. office visit & doc. review)
          Score: 2/2
          Possible answers
          • Document review (off-site) only (1 point)
          • Document review on-site (1 point)
          • Field visit (incl. office visit & doc. review) (2 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          Ecogarantie, September 2016: Specifications, Rules and standards for the inspection and certification of sustainable products, p 12

        • Does the scheme owner require all enterprises that are physically handling the certified product to undergo a CoC audit if the product can be destined for retail sale as a certified, labelled product?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          Ecogarantie, September 2016: Specifications, Rules and standards for the inspection and certification of sustainable products, p 12 Only distributers of pre-packaged products are not subjected to an audit.

      • Laboratory Testing
        4/6
        • In the documented assessment methodology, are test methods either referred to or included?
          Answer: Yes publicly
          Score: 2/2
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (on request) (1 point)
          • Yes publicly (2 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          Ecogarantie, September 2016: Specifications, Rules and standards for the inspection and certification of sustainable products, p 33-34

        • Does the scheme owner require laboratories to be accredited according to recognized laboratory accreditation standards?
          Answer: Yes to other recognized standards
          Score: 1/2
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes to ISO 17025 (2 points)
          • Yes to other recognized standards (1 point)
          • Not applicable (0 points)

          Source:

          https://www.certisys.eu/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Service-provision-contract-biogarantie-ecogarantie.pdf SERVICE PROVISION CONTRACT FOR CERTIFYING WITHIN THE SCOPE OF THE BIOGARANTIE® / ECOGARANTIE® AGREEMENT GENERAL CONDITIONS E 5 : ANALYSES Samplings will be taken in the presence of the applicant or his representative who will sign the sampling documents. 2 s amples willbe taken, sealed with mention of possible remarks. The applicant accepts that products intended to analy sis are sampled free of chargewithout any financial compensation for the obtained samples. The second sample is stored by the inspection and certification body asa necessary follow up in accordance with our procedures for the follow up of positive analy ses. This will be automatically destroyed inthe event of a negative analysis and/or if the deadline for responding to a positive result is exceeded. Only the inspection and certification body decides about the type of analysis to perform. The samples will be sent to a laboratory recognized by the inspection and certification body. The results will be sent by the laboratory to the inspection and certifi cation bodyand by the latter to the applicant. After reception of the results of the first analysis and in case of objection, the applicant has the right to ask to have a counter analysiscarried out on his costs by a laboratory of his choice recognized by the inspection and certification body. (comment: "a laboratory recognized by the inspection and certification body" is not giving further requirements)

        • Are there rules on random sampling and testing for the compliance monitoring?
          Answer: Yes
          Score: 1/1
          Possible answers
          • No (0 points)
          • Yes (1 point)
        • Is there a procedure to deal with non-compliant products manufactured by a client / licensee?
          Answer: No
          Score: 0/1
          Possible answers
          • Yes (1 point)
          • No (0 points)
          • Not applicable (0 points)
    • Auditor Competencies
      3/7
      • Does the scheme owner define specific qualifications and competencies for CAB auditors?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        Ecogarantie, September 2016: Specifications, Rules and standards for the inspection and certification of sustainable products, p 33-34 at page 15, "Recognition of Certification Bodies", it is mentioned that the AB has to be approved by the competent authorities to carry out audits in the frame of the EC Regulation 834/2007. This implies in particular that the AB have made the necessary steps to obtain the accreditation according the EN 45011 or ISO 65 or ISO 17020 norms.

      • Does the scheme owner require that CAB auditors successfully complete training on the standard and its interpretation?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require that CAB auditors successfully complete auditor training based on ISO 19011, or equivalent?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        standard part I D: The certification body has to be approved by the competent authorities to carry out controls in the frame of the EC Regulation 848/2018. This implies in particular that the certification bodies have made the necessary steps to obtain the accreditation according the ISO 17065 norm, including training

      • Does the scheme owner require that new auditors have a probationary period where their competence in an audit is assessed or supervised?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require that CAB auditors are evaluated at least every 3 years?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        according to ISO 17065.

      • Does the scheme owner have or require that CABs have a continuing professional development program in place?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        requirement of accredition and certification of the Control Body according to ISO 17065.

      • Does the scheme owner require that there are repercussions such as probation or suspension for the misconduct or poor performance of CAB personnel?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
    • Accreditation / Oversight
      10/16
      • Does the scheme require a documented accreditation or oversight mechanism?
        Answer: Yes publicly available
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (1 point)
        • Yes publicly available (2 points)

        Source:

        Ecogarantie, September 2016: Specifications, Rules and standards for the inspection and certification of sustainable products "see p. 21, section D on ""Recognition of Certification Bodies""The certification body has to be approved by the competent authorities to carry out audits in the frame of the EC Regulation 834/2007. This implies in particular that the certification bodies have made the necessary steps to obtain the accreditation according the EN 45011 or ISO 65 or ISO 17020 norms. The fact that an approval has been issued in the frame of the EC Regulation 834/2007, offers enough guarantees as for the method of work of the certification bodies, even for application fields which would not be resumed in the EC Regulation 834/2007 but in the present specifications."

      • Does the scheme owner require ISO 17011 compliance for ABs?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        Belac website http://economie.fgov.be/nl/binaries/1-03_NL_tcm325-116998.pdf Belac the national accrediation body of cb's is aacredited ISO 17011

      • Is the accreditation or oversight body independent from the scheme owner?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        Ecogarantie, September 2016: Specifications, Rules and standards for the inspection and certification of sustainable products

      • How often do assurance providers undergo a full accreditation or oversight assessment?
        Answer: >5 years
        Score: 1/2
        Possible answers
        • <1 year (2 points)
        • 1 year (2 points)
        • 2-3 years (2 points)
        • 4-5 years (1 point)
        • >5 years (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        Ecogarantie, September 2016: Specifications, Rules and standards for the inspection and certification of sustainable products

      • Is the frequency of an accreditation or oversight assessment based in part on a risk assessment of the client?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner ensure that all CABs are free to apply to operate under the scheme, irrespective of their country of residence, size and of the existing number of providers already operating under the scheme?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        Ecogarantie, September 2016: Specifications, Rules and standards for the inspection and certification of sustainable products see p. 21, section D on "Recognition of Certification Bodies"

      • Does the scheme owner accept CABs that are accredited/accepted by ABs to similar or generic scopes (proxy accreditation)?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Yes assess scheme-specific competence (2 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        Ecogarantie, September 2016: Specifications, Rules and standards for the inspection and certification of sustainable products "see p. 21, section D on ""Recognition of Certification Bodies""The certification body has to be approved by the competent authorities to carry out audits in the frame of the EC Regulation 834/2007. This implies in particular that the certification bodies have made the necessary steps to obtain the accreditation according the EN 45011 or ISO 65 or ISO 17020 norms. The fact that an approval has been issued in the frame of the EC Regulation 834/2007, offers enough guarantees as for the method of work of the certification bodies, even for application fields which would not be resumed in the EC Regulation 834/2007 but in the present specifications."

      • Does the scheme owner require ABs or oversight bodies to have a documented complaints mechanism in place for compliance decisions?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        A platform was created for managing complaints: ecogarantie.pro

      • Does the scheme owner require ABs or oversight bodies to have a procedure in place for how CABs are required to address non-conformities using a corrective action process?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require ABs or oversight bodies to make summary accreditation/oversight reports (with personal and commercially sensitive information removed) available?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes publicly (2 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner ensure that the accreditation or oversight assessment includes an on-site assessment of the CAB?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner ensure that the accreditation or oversight process includes a review of the performance of CABs and auditors in the field?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

  • Claims & Traceability
    11/12
    • Traceability
      5/5
      • Does the scheme owner have a documented Chain of Custody standard or other traceability requirements?
        Answer: Yes publicly available
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes available on request (1 point)
        • Yes publicly available (2 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        Ecogarantie, September 2016: Specifications, Rules and standards for the inspection and certification of sustainable products, p 18-19 p.26, 3.4.: Traceability

      • Are there any CoC requirements for non-certified material, in case mixing of certified with uncertified inputs is allowed?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require CABs to verify that all enterprises within the chain maintain accurate and accessible records that allow any certified product or batch of products to be traceable from the point of sale to the buyer?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        Ecogarantie, September 2016: Specifications, Rules and standards for the inspection and certification of sustainable products, p 26

      • Are companies required to keep CoC records for at least the term of certificate validity?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        Ecogarantie, September 2016: Specifications, Rules and standards for the inspection and certification of sustainable products, p 26

      • Does the scheme have a traceability system that enables checking of product flow between links of the supply chain?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        only applicable for organic raw materials (organic certificate)

    • Claims & Labelling
      6/7
      • Does the scheme owner make documented requirements governing the use of symbols, logos and claims available?
        Answer: Yes publicly
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (on request) (1 point)
        • Yes publicly (2 points)

        Source:

        ECOGARANTIE® SPECIFICATIONS Rules and standards for the inspection and certification of ecological products APPENDIX 2: LOGO BOOK.................................................................................................. 28 https://ecogarantie.eu/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Ecogarantie-Standards-2021-website.pdf

      • Do claims and labelling requirements ensure that claims or logos clearly indicate to what they apply?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        ECOGARANTIE® SPECIFICATIONS Rules and standards for the inspection and certification of ecological products APPENDIX 2: LOGO BOOK.................................................................................................. 28 https://ecogarantie.eu/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Ecogarantie-Standards-2021-website.pdf

      • Do claims requirements specify the types of claims that can be made for different types of CoC models, where the scheme owner allows for more than one model?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Are claims and label users required to use unique license numbers or other tracking mechanisms?
        Answer: No
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Does the scheme owner require surveillance of the accurate use of claims and labels in the market, including a complaints mechanism to report misuse?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        Ecogarantie, September 2016: Specifications, Rules and standards for the inspection and certification of sustainable products, p. 32,33 & 48

      • Does the scheme require different claims depending on the percentage of certified / verified content in a product?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • What is the minimum percentage of a certified / verified input in a single ingredient product for a claim to be allowed for that product?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • 0-49% (1 point)
        • 50-74% (1 point)
        • 75-94% (2 points)
        • 95-100% (2 points)
        • Not specified (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • What is the minimum percentage of certified / verified material in a composite product for a claim to be allowed for that product?
        Answer: Not Applicable
        Possible answers
        • 0-20% (1 point)
        • 21-50% (1 point)
        • 51-74% (2 points)
        • 75-100% (2 points)
        • Not specified (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)
      • Is the label accompanied by an explanatory text claim or a link to further information?
        Answer: Yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Yes (1 point)
        • No (0 points)
        • Not applicable (0 points)

        Source:

        ECOGARANTIE® SPECIFICATIONS Rules and standards for the inspection and certification of ecological products APPENDIX 2: LOGO BOOK.................................................................................................. 28 https://ecogarantie.eu/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Ecogarantie-Standards-2021-website.pdf

      • Does the scheme have a procedure that defines specific consequences of misuse of claims?
        Answer: yes
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • yes (1 point)

        Source:

        part I C.4.6 sanctions and also the "Agreement for the use of the collective brands Biogarantie and Ecogarantie" between PU and the licencees


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  • Aquatic Toxicity
  • Biodegradability of Substances
  • Chemicals harmful to human health
  • Quantity of Packaging
  • Recyclability of Packaging Material
  • Consumer information regarding sustainable use and disposal of product
  • Chemicals
    9/12
    • Chemical Use
      9/12
      • Does the standard include criteria on chemicals listed on the REACH Candidate List as substances of very high concern?
        Answer: Advanced: Prohibit use except for defined derogations
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Restrict use (1 point)
        • Advanced: Prohibit use except for defined derogations (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        C. REGULATION AND USE OF THE TRADEMARK C.1. REGULATION It is the responsibility of each applicant to conform to the regulations of the European Parliament and to local or national laws in its sector of activity. Products classified as “detergent” must conform to: (...) * The Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of December 18th 2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) concerning washing and cleaning products

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        C. REGULATION AND USE OF THE TRADEMARK................................................. 6

      • Does the standard include criteria on ready biodegradability of substances?
        Answer: Basic: Monitor and restrict use
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Monitor and restrict use (1 point)
        • Advanced: Prohibit use (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        D.1.7. Nature of the physical processes used The hereby authorised raw materials may only be processed through very specific physical processes which are recorded in a positive list based on the following criteria: * Processes which give good biodegradable molecules D.2.1. Nature of the chemical processes used In order to produce a semi-manufactured product, the raw materials may only be treated by means of specific chemical processes that are recorded in a positive list based on the following criteria: * Processes which give good biodegradable molecules D.5. ENVIRONMENTAL CRITERIA D.5.1. Environmental criterion: Aerobic and anaerobic biodegradability of the organic substances Each surfactant that is present in the product must be: * readily biodegradable in aerobic conditions according to the legal rules * and biodegradable in anaerobic condition according to the legal rules

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        D.1.7. Nature of the physical processes used .................................................... 9 D.2.1. Nature of the chemical processes used ................................................. 10 D.5.1. Environmental criterion: Aerobic and anaerobic biodegradability of the organic substances ......................................................................................... 17

      • Does the standard include criteria on H statements?
        Answer: Advanced: Prohibit use with exemptions for some ingredients
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Restrict use by e.g. a risk based approach (1 point)
        • Advanced: Prohibit use with exemptions for some ingredients (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        D.4. PRODUCTION OF WASHING PRODUCTS Are authorised in the processing of ingredients into a washing product: * Only the nature of physical and/or chemical processes recorded in the positive lists under D.1.7. And D.2.1. * Only the raw materials and semi-manufactured products recorded in the positive lists from D.1.1. To D.1.6. And from D.2.3. To D.2.8. (...). The final product and its ingredients are not classified in one or more of the following risk categories according to EC regulation 1272/2008: * Carcinogenic (H350/H351) * Mutagenic (H340/H341) * Toxic for reproduction (H360/H361/H362) * Specific target organ toxic (H370/H372/H373) * Acutely toxic (H300/H310/H330/H301/H311/H331)

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        D.4. PRODUCTION OF WASHING PRODUCTS.................................................. 17

      • Does the scheme include criteria on other substances which have impact on human health and the environment?
        Answer: Basic: Restrict use
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Restrict use (1 point)
        • Advanced: Prohibit use (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        D.3. CHEMICALLY SYNTHESISED SEMI-MANUFACTURED PRODUCTS Definition: ingredients produced by chemical synthesis General rule: (petro) chemical synthesis is ruled out of the manufacturing process Examples of forbidden chemically synthesised semi-manufactured products: * Chemically synthesised colouring agents * Chemically synthesised perfumes (phenol, cumolsulphonate, …) and auxiliary for perfumes (nitromusk connections, …) * Polycyclic musks * Chemically synthesised antioxidants * Chemically synthesised softeners * Chemically synthesised oils and fats * Silicones * Optical whitening agents * Chelatant agents based on EDTA and its salts * Polycarboxylates * Polyacrylates * Substances containing iodine * Formaldehyde * Glutaraldehyde * Glycol * Isopropanol and other synthetic alcohols * Cellulose thinner * White spirit * Chlorinated hydrocarbons * Benzene and derivatives * Cetone * Sulphamine acid and amidosulfonic acid * … D.4. PRODUCTION OF WASHING PRODUCTS Are authorised in the processing of ingredients into a washing product: * Only the nature of physical and/or chemical processes recorded in the positive lists under D.1.7. And D.2.1. * Only the raw materials and semi-manufactured products recorded in the positive lists from D.1.1. To D.1.6. And from D.2.3. To D.2.8. (...) The final product and its ingredients are not classified in one or more of the following risk categories according to EC regulation 1272/2008: (...) * Sensitising (H317/H334) (exceptions tolerated: enzymes, essential oils) F. COMPANY F.1. TRACEABILITY The company must be able to prove that it meets the legal regulations in terms of washing products production and that it busies itself with a system such as HACCP and traceability. Control plan Following procedures must be set up: * A file per product, containing all the guarantees from the suppliers (analyses and certificates as to the origin of the ingredients and of the production processes) * A program of the risk analyses in order to supplement and verify the guarantees from the suppliers * Guarantees concerning the production of raw materials, which may not damage the environment * A description of the conformity procedures on end products

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        D.3. CHEMICALLY SYNTHESISED SEMI-MANUFACTURED PRODUCTS........ 15 D.4. PRODUCTION OF WASHING PRODUCTS.................................................. 17 F. COMPANY ............................................................................................................ 20 F.1. TRACEABILITY .............................................................................................. 20

      • Does the standard include criteria on limitations of aquatic toxicity of the product?
        Answer: Basic: Limitation of aquatic toxicity
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Limitation of aquatic toxicity (1 point)
        • Advanced: Definition of a product specific critical dilution volume (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        Draft document PART I GENERAL CONDITIONS AND PRINCIPLES FOR ALL APPLICANTS "16-07-14_EG Standard_ GENERAL PART.pdf"; not publically available

        Referenzdokumente:

        "2. RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-FINISHED PRODUCTS PROCESSING2.1. Nature of processes used"

      • Does the standard include criteria on the prohibition of microplastic?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        D.5.3. Microplastics The use of microplastics is not allowed in Ecogarantie® products.

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        D.5.3. Microplastics .......................................................................................... 18

      • Does the standard include criteria on the limited use of propellants?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        Ecogarantie Part III – washing and cleaning products, http://www.ecogarantie.eu/sites/default/files/documents/washing%20and%20cleaning%20products%20-%20may%202015.pdf

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        "E. PACKAGINGE.2. AUTHORISED KINDS OF PACKAGING"

  • Water
    0/2
    • Water use
      0/2
      • Does the standard include criteria on water consumption in the production phase?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Recommended
        Score: 0/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        Low water and energy consumption: Recommended

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        3. Minimal environmental impact while in use

  • Inputs
    4/4
    • Packaging
      4/4
      • Does the standard include criteria on the quantity of packaging?
        Answer: Advanced: Defined calculations to measure the quantity of packaging
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: General requirement to minimize the amount of material used (1 point)
        • Advanced: Defined calculations to measure the quantity of packaging (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        7. Packaging 7.1. General points Any superfluous form of packaging must be avoided. Recyclable or reusable packaging must be used whenever possible. 7.2. Materials Wrapping materials must be of good quality, clean and adapted to the required goal. As a general rule, we recommend environmentally friendly wrapping materials. * PVC containers and other forms of plastic containing chlorine are forbidden, except in the case of reusable packaging. * Expanded polystyrene is forbidden. * It is forbidden to use CFC’s in the production. The creation of environmentally friendly forms of packaging being in constant and fast evolution, the Probila-Unitrab might impose more severe restrictions according to the type of product. part III E. PACKAGING E.1. THE PACKAGING / WATER CONTENT RATIO The minimum requirements are those included in the Commission Decisions on establishing the ecological criteria for the award of the EU Ecolabel (Commission Decision of 23 June.2017 for hand dishwashing detergents, for detergents for dishwashers and laundry detergents and of 28 June 2011 for all-purpose cleaners and sanitary cleaners). For the evaluation and control, the operator will submit to his certification body a calculation of the weight of the primary packaging. E.2. AUTHORISED KINDS OF PACKAGING Besides the conditions stipulated under Part I § 7.2., the following criteria have to be applied: General: * The materials must be recyclable or compostable * If at all possible, reusable packaging will be supplied to the consumer * The different parts of the primary packaging must be easy to separate in parts of one and the same material Plastic: * The plastic must be recyclable (e.g. PE,PP,PET) Cardboard: * Cardboard has to contain at least 80% of recycled fibres. Exceptions must be justified. Sprays: * Air sprays using propellants are not authorised For the Evaluation and control, the operator will submit a sample of the packaging, as well as a declaration stating that each section of this criterion has been met. For cardboard, he will submit to his certification body a declaration about the percentage of recycled material contained in the packaging.

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        part I B. GENERAL NORMS........................................................................................................... 13 7. Packaging.......................................................................................................... 15 7.1. General points ............................................................................................. 15 7.2. Materials...................................................................................................... 15 part III E. PACKAGING......................................................................................................... 18 E.1. THE PACKAGING / WATER CONTENT RATIO............................................ 18 E.2. AUTHORISED KINDS OF PACKAGING........................................................ 18

      • Does the standard include criteria on the packaging material in order to facilitate recycling?
        Answer: Advanced: Recyclability of packaging material AND the use of recycled material in packaging
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 2/2
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Either recyclability of packaging material OR the use of recycled material in packaging (1 point)
        • Advanced: Recyclability of packaging material AND the use of recycled material in packaging (2 points)

        Excerpt from standard:

        E.2. AUTHORISED KINDS OF PACKAGING Besides the conditions stipulated under Part I § 7.2., the following criteria have to be applied: General: * The materials must be recyclable or compostable * If at all possible, reusable packaging will be supplied to the consumer * The different parts of the primary packaging must be easy to separate in parts of one and the same material Plastic: * The plastic must be recyclable (e.g. PE,PP,PET) Cardboard: * Cardboard has to contain at least 80% of recycled fibres. Exceptions must be justified. Sprays: * Air sprays using propellants are not authorised For the Evaluation and control, the operator will submit a sample of the packaging, as well as a declaration stating that each section of this criterion has been met. For cardboard, he will submit to his certification body a declaration about the percentage of recycled material contained in the packaging.

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        "E. PACKAGINGE.2. AUTHORISED KINDS OF PACKAGING"

  • Energy & Climate
    0/2
    • Climate Change Mitigation
      0/2
      • Does the standard include criteria on energy consumption in the production phase?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Recommended
        Score: 0/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        A. GENERAL PRINCIPLES 1. Sustainable methods of preparation and ingredients Ecologically: Low input of energy Recommended F.2. ENERGY CONSUMPTION The electricity used for the production and packaging must come from renewable sources of energy (green electricity). Efforts will be made by the mother company to insure green energy in the whole channel.

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        part I A. GENERAL PRINCIPLES................................................................................................... 10 1. Sustainable methods of preparation and ingredients........................................ 10 part III F.2. ENERGY CONSUMPTION............................................................................. 20

  • Waste and Air Pollution
    1/2
    • Waste Management
      1/2
      • Does the standard include criteria on volumes of waste?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Recommended
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)

        Referenzdokumente:

        PART III WASHING AND CLEANING PRODUCTS

      • Does the scheme include criteria on consumer information on the sustainable use and disposal of the product?
        Answer: Advanced: Consumer information on the sustainable use of the product
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • Basic: Information provided to consumers on the disposal of the product (1 point)
        • Advanced: Consumer information on the sustainable use of the product (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        part III, E.3d: E.3.d) dosing instruction Every measure should be taken to avoid overdosing. Where applicable for products certified by Ecogarantie® there have to be dosing instructions. These have to be present in an easily readable format on each label. In case that the packaging format forbids such a detail, consumers should be clearly referred to another source of information, such as a leaflet or the internet. Sentences like „To limit the impact on the environment, please use sparingly.“ are also allowed.

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        7.3. Mention on the packaging

  • Environmental Management
    0/2
    • Does the standard include criteria on environmental policy or management instruments (like EMAS or ISO 14001)?
      Answer: No
      Degree of Obligation: Recommended
      Score: 0/2
      Possible answers
      • No (0 points)
      • Yes (1 point)

      Excerpt from standard:

      Draft document PART I GENERAL CONDITIONS AND PRINCIPLES FOR ALL APPLICANTS "16-07-14_EG Standard_ GENERAL PART.pdf"; not publically available

      Referenzdokumente:

      "3. MANUFACTURING3.2. Environmental Management3.2.1. General criteria"

  • Quality
    1/1
    • Quality and Suitability
      1/1
      • Does the standard include criteria on the fitness for use of the product for the intended purpose?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        Draft document PART I GENERAL CONDITIONS AND PRINCIPLES FOR ALL APPLICANTS "16-07-14_EG Standard_ GENERAL PART.pdf"; not publically available

        Referenzdokumente:

        5.2. Performance tests


So­cio-E­co­nom­ic 8%

  • Verification of Core Labour Standards along the Supply Chain
  • Equal Opportunities
  • CSR Strategy
  • Labour Rights and Working Conditions
    0/4
    • ILO Core Conventions
      0/2
      • Does the standard require compliance with (at least) all ILO core labour standards for different suppliers along the supply chain?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
    • Health and Safety
      0/2
      • Does the standard include criteria on occupational health and safety, as defined in ILO 155?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
  • Business Practice and Ethical Issues
    1/2
    • Economic Development and Fair Business Practice
      1/1
      • Does the standard include a requirement for compliance with relevant local, regional and national laws and regulations?
        Answer: Yes
        Degree of Obligation: Immediately
        Score: 1/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)

        Excerpt from standard:

        C.1. REGULATION It is the responsibility of each applicant to conform to the regulations of the European Parliament and to local or national laws in its sector of activity. Products classified as “detergent” must conform to: * The Regulation (EC) N° 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of December 16th 2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures * The Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of December 18th 2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) concerning washing and cleaning products, * The Regulation (EC) N° 648/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of March 31st 2004 on detergents and meet the additional stipulations of the present specification. Detergents are not covered by EC Regulation 834/2007 concerning organically-grown products and therefore do not need to be certified. However, the raw materials that would be organically- grown in the framework of the Ecogarantie® specifications, must meet the requirements of: * EC Regulation 834/2007 and its modifications and/or * The Biogarantie® standards.

        Referenzdokumente:

        C. REGULATION AND USE OF THE TRADEMARK................................................. 6

    • Corruption and Bribery
      0/1
      • Does the standard include criteria on the prevention of corruption and bribery?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
  • Company Responsibility
    0/7
    • Company Responsibility in Europe
      0/5
      • Does the standard require the implementation of measures that aim at generating equal economic opportunities for women and men?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
      • Does the standard require the definition of a company-wide CSR strategy?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
      • Does the standard include criteria on community engagement?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
      • Does the standard include requirements on measures that aim at managing demographic change?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/1
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)
    • Impact Assessment
      0/2
      • Does the standard include criteria on assessing the impacts of operations on human rights?
        Answer: No
        Degree of Obligation: Not covered
        Score: 0/2
        Possible answers
        • No (0 points)
        • Yes (1 point)

Which lifecycle phases are covered by the standard?

Raw materials extraction and production

Cultivation of renewable raw materials (e.g. palm oil) and/or extraction and production of ingredients

Manufacturing

Production of detergents and cleaning agents by the mixing of various ingredients (vegetable or petroleum-based)

Transportation / distribution

Transport routes from one production stage to the next and to end users

Products use and consumption

Usage of detergents and cleaning agents

End-of-life

Proper disposal of packaging along with degradability and toxicity of the product (in water) after its use