To declare a product, the Asthma & Allergy Association Denmark demands that the product poses the smallest possible risk of causing allergy, eczema or skin-irritatio n to the user. To ensure this the Asthma & Allergy Association Denmark evaluates all ingredients of the raw materials in the product thoroughly. When all ingredients are approved, the product in itself is evaluated. If all evaluations are positive the products can carry the logo and the text: "Declared in co-operation with the Asthma & Allergy Association Denmark".
Our Asthma Allergy policy
- We use no special raw materials for our declared products, which means that all similar products in principle could obtain the declaration
- We improve the quality of life for the users of our products
Although only the raw materials used for the declared products have been evaluated, we are confident that our entire range of products could attain the label if we should wish it.
We have a range of products, including children's diapers , as well as products in our skincare range, that are declared in co-operation with the Asthma & Allergy Association Denmark. The fact that our products are capable of obtaining this label is proof to us that we use the most skin friendly raw materials and that there is no risk of skin irritation for the users.
How does AAD certify products
Basic requirements for products certified by Astma-Allergi Denmark
In order to become part of the Asthma-Allergy Denmark labelling program we require that the product recipe and all ingredients present a minimal risk of allergic reaction and skin irritation to consumers.
We investigate all products in several ways before producers are allowed to market products with our blue logo on the product. Criteria for obtaining the right to use the blue logo.
From the first contact between a producer and the Astma-Allergi Danmark you should expect typically 1-1½ months. In that period we create a risk calculation and assessment based on the unique formulation. We conclude by making a contract, and then a producer can market the specific product with our logo and the text "Deklareret i samarbejde med Astma-Allergi Danmark" or "Certified by Astma-Allergi Danmark".
- The logo can only be given to products with 0 perfumes, 0 colours, 0 formaldehyde and formaldehyde donors, and 0 optical brighteners and rosin (colophony).
- There must be no types of fillers or non-functional ingredients in the products. All ingredients must have a function for the product's efficacy. It is not allowed to have ingredients that solely serves visual purposes.
- The Association must receive the full formulation for the product with information on INCI names, CAS numbers, concentration of the ingredients and their function.
- For each ingredient a safety data sheets must be provided according to At-guidance document C.0.12, May 2003, with information concerning the origin, physical and chemical properties, hazard identification and toxicology. If safety data sheets are not enclosed the Astma-Allergi Danmark will obtain them. We may also require documentation for the purity of ingredients.
- Ingredients in the product may not be on the EU list of allergenic, sensitizing or irritating substances. The categories not allowed are R42 and R43. Furthermore, irritants R38, are observed, and we make an assessment based on function and exposure to the product. In each case we asses whether such a classification relates to specific professions and/or work related use and does not concern ordinary consumer use.
- On this basis and based on the TGD, Technical Guidance Document, a risk assessment is performed. TGD is the theoretical, scientific foundation for the preparation of risk assessments in the EU. TGD has been prepared by experts from EU member countries and serve as a guideline when conducting risk assessments of new and existing substances.
- In the risk assessment we use, amongst others scientific sources, several CIR reviews of ingredients. CIR stands for The Cosmetic Ingredient Review, and is an independent research institute, which annually carries out more extensive studies of ingredients for cosmetics. CIR reports are published in International Journal of Toxicology.
- The risk assessment takes into account whether a product is a 'leave on' or a 'rinse off' product.
- Producers must sign a contract with the Association in which they commit to contribute actively when we carry out spot checks on products and their contents, to disclose all and any changes they wish to make to a formulation and submit that for a new assessment.
- An evaluation is made each year in order to assess the formulation in relation to the very latest scientific data on allergies, irritation and sensitization.