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General Information and links for standards and documents under the NSF/ANSI 305 program.

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Personal Care Products Program Overview

The NSF/ANSI 305 Personal Care Products Containing Organic Ingredients, has been developed as part of the ongoing efforts of a number of interested parties to encourage participation in the manufacturing of personal care products using organically grown ingredients within the supply chain and to address issues on chemical processes, terminology, commercial availability, product composition, calculations, and labeling. Stakeholders involved in developing the Standard included regulatory/public health, industry, trade associations, ingredient suppliers, general interest and product certifiers. The scope of this standard includes, but is not limited to, rinse-off/leave-on personal care products, cosmetic products, oral care and personal hygiene products.

Third-Party certification of personal care products to the NSF/ANSI-305 Standard provides consumer confidence. Products certified meet the organic percentage requirements and only contain non-organic ingredients that are allowed under the Standard. The Standard utilizes the existing framework of the National Organic Program and extends the use of ingredients that the NOP regulation does not allow due to the type of processing used to make functional ingredients.

The NSF/ANSI 305 standard is the new tool for a common understanding of environmental friendly production systems and social accountability in the production of personal care products.

Oregon Tilth is now an NSF licensed certifier to the NSF/ANSI 305 Personal Care Products Containing Organic Ingredients standard which defines labeling and marketing requirements for "contains organic ingredients” claim for products with a minimum organic content of 70 percent (O70). NSF/ANSI 305 requires that USDA National Organic Program (NOP) certified ingredients be used, but allows for these organic ingredients to undergo certain chemical processes considered synthetic under the NOP. Like the NOP regulations, the NSF/ANSI 305 includes requirements on organic ingredients, material, process and production specifications and labeling.


NSF/ANSI 305 Standard
Please purchase and download.  The standards must be purchased through NSF
Organic System Plan - NSF/ANSI 305
For operations requesting certification under this standard only.
Organic System Plan Supplement
For those operations who are already certified by OTCO under USDA NOP only and have a complete Organic System Plan already approved by OTCO.
Product Formulation Sheet
Specific to personal care items certified under this standard, this Product Formulation sheet should be completed for each product requested for certification under these standards.
Master Products List
Listing of each product and its brand to be reviewed and evaluated by OTCO for certification under this standard.
Master Ingredient List
Listing of each ingredient (organic and non-organic) used in production of products requested for certification.
NSF/ANSI 305 Ingredient Questionnaire
Specific to NSF/ANSI 305 this non-organic ingredient questionnaire should be completed and submitted for review of non-organic ingredients used in products requested for certification.
NSF/ANSI 305 Non-organic Ingredient Declaration
Specific to NSF/ANSI 305 this non-organic ingredient declaration is required to be submitted for non-organic ingredients.
NSF/ANSI 305 Fee Worksheet
Excel worksheet to determine annual certification fee. Note: If you are certified as a partner with another company and that company pays your fees,  you ARE NOT required to return this worksheet.  Retail Stores certifying departments and Restaurants do NOT need to complete this worksheet (see section D of the OTCO Fee Schedule for applicable fees).


Applicants to this program should begin by downloading and completing the appropriate Organic System Plan (above) and necessary documents including the Product Formulation Sheet, Master Ingredient List, Master Product List and non-organic ingredient documentation.  The Organic System Plans, complete, should be submitted to the Oregon Tilth office for review.  The procedures for organic certification are outlined in the OTCO procedures manual and the certification fees are outlined in the OTCO fee schedule.  Please download below for review.

OTCO Procedures Manual
 OTCO Fee Schedule
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