Analysis is a tool made available to inspectors and certification officers to ensure compliance of products with the ecoproducts standard (cosmetics, natural cleaning products, home perfumes...).
An analysis plan, which sets the minimum number of tests to be conducted over the year, is created from a products/customers risk analysis and from a market research. The objective is to make the certification system secure by checking the reliability of the operators' quality system.
Samples described as "routine" are therefore taken, to which are added samples taken following suspected contamination. These samples make it possible to check that the remedial measures put in place by our customers have been effective. They are completed, in every case, by a more torough investigation allowing to identify the non-compliance cause.
The field testing carried out varies greatly, e.g. pesticide, residual solvents, heavy metals, phenoxyethanol and parabens. Sampling is carried out by Ecocert inspectors, approved and trained in compliance with the European directives and international standards in force. The samples are then sent to laboratories approved by Ecocert. These laboratories are selected on the basis of specific criteria and evaluated every year.
All test results are interpreted by the Greenlife SAS subsidiary, in collaboration by the Analysis Department of the Group. Investigations regarding the origin and extent of contamination are undertaken as soon as contaminants are found. Products can be demoted from the organic value chain and the associated sanctions can range from a request for remedial action to licence suspension and may include further sanction-lifting testing.