Buyer requirements to access international markets for cosmetic and pharmaceutical ingredients

Sustainable trade

Natural ingredients for cosmetics and pharmaceuticals collected from the wild population must be collected through the implementation of good agricultural and manufacturing practices and by providing documentation of sustainable collection practices.


International buyers expect good standards of manufacturing. Most buyers expect suppliers to at least follow Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP) principles. Buyers often refer to quality standards in their product specifications, to assure the quality of the ingredients they are buying. Examples of such standards include the International Organisation of Standardisation (ISO) or the International Fragrance Association (IFRA; for essential oils).