It is a certification trade mark, registered with the Federal Government, and with a strict set of rules (Code of Practice) governing how it can be used. Products must be registered with AMCL and must meet the criteria in the Code of Practice to use the logo.
The product has been manufactured here (not just packaged) and 50% or more of the cost of making it can be attributed to Australian materials and/or production processes.
Ecocert was the very first certification body to develop standards for "natural and organic".
Introduced in 2013, the specification was drawn up in conjunction with all stakeholders in the value chain, i.e. experts, suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, consumers and development organisations.
Ecocert currently supports and guides more than 1,000 companies through their certification process.
The use of ingredients derived from renewable resources, manufacutred by environmentally friendly processes. Ecocert therefore checks:
The absence of GMO, parabens, phenoxyethanol, nanoparticles, silicon, PEG, synthetic perfumes and dyes, animal-derived ingredients (unless naturally produced by them; milk, honey, etc).
The biodegradable or recycle nature of packaging
A minimum threashhold of natural ingredients from organic
Australian Organic Ltd (formerly Biological Farmers of Australia (BFA)), is Australia's foremost organic body, a not-for-profit organisation that represents and develops the interests of more than 3,000 organic industry farmers, operators, producers, processors and traders. Australian Organic also serves the greater community, taking on the role of public educator about the benefits of organic food and farming.
Australian Organic is active in the development of meaningful organic standards, lobbying governments of behalf of the organic industry and supporting the growth of organic domestic and international markets for Australian operators.
The National Organic Program regulates all organic crops, livestock, and agricultural products certified to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) organic standards. Organic certification agencies inspect and verify that organic farmers, ranchers, distributors, processors, and traders are complying with the USDA organic regulations. USDA conducts audits and ensures that the more than 90 organic certification agencies operating around the world are properly certifying organic products. In addition, USDA conducts investigations and conducts enforcement activities to ensure all products labeled as organic meet the USDA organic regulations. In order to sell, label, or represent their products as organic, operations must follow all of the specifications set out by the USDA organic regulations.