learn more about Avalon Organics® standard certifications
The NSF/ANSI 305 is an American National Standard written specifically for personal care products containing organic ingredients. Since it is not a food standard, it recognizes and allows certain safe processes and ingredients that are critical and unique to personal care product effectiveness.
The standard establishes the materials, processes, production criteria, conditions and labeling claims for personal care products claiming to "contain organic content". To be certified, all formulas must contain a minimum of 70% organic content. All other ingredients must not be available in organic form and must be evaluated and approved by an independent scientific panel to minimize environmental impact during production and ensure safety for the product user.
Nearly all Avalon Organics® products are certified to the NSF/ANSI 305 Standard by Quality Assurance International (QAI). Those that are not are certified under the USDA National Organic Program.
QAI is an independent third party certifying agency that NSF has entrusted to review applications and grant certification in accordance with the criteria established under the NSF/ANSI 305 Standard. When a personal care product features the NSF logo on its label, it demonstrates to consumers that it has been independently evaluated to meet the standard requirements.
This commitment to the NSF/ANSI 305 Standard is integral to the Avalon Organics® journey to provide personal care products that are inherently pure, safe, effective and conscious of the greater good.
In the United States, organic food products and agricultural crops are regulated by the National Organic Program (NOP), a federal regulation administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). This federal regulation governs the marketing of food and agricultural products with an "organic" claim. A USDA Organic seal on a product indicates that it has been independently evaluated to meet the NOP and is made with at least 95% certified organic ingredients.
The NOP also sets forth regulations for crops and agricultural ingredients, such as botanical oils and extracts, to be certified organic. Certification is granted by one of numerous independent certification agencies that are accredited by the USDA. In the ingredient lists located on the labels of every Avalon Organics® product is an indication of which ingredients have been certified organic by one of these independent agencies.
Humbled by a profound respect for all living beings, the Avalon Organics® brand never tests any products on animals or allows ingredient suppliers to test ingredients on animals.
The Leaping Bunny logo is an internationally recognized symbol for cruelty-free cosmetics, personal care and household products. In 1996, eight national animal protection groups banded together to form The Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC). This organization created and administers the Leaping Bunny Program, a cruelty-free standard for companies producing cosmetic, personal care, and household products. The Leaping Bunny Program provides the best assurance that no new animal testing is used in any phase of product development by the company, its laboratories, or suppliers.
NSF/ANSI 305 Standard
USDA National Organic Program
Leaping Bunny Program