You can join the Guild for free but there are criteria:
- You must be registered with the Cosmetic Products Notification Portal (CPNP) – http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/sectors/cosmetics/cpnp/ – this is a requirement of the new regulations however the CPNP database is not open to scrutiny other than by appointed authorities and bodies such as Trading Standards and similar (and Poison Centres). On application the Guild will assume that you have complied with your registration requirements. A user guide for the CPNP registration portal that is appropriate for small-scale producers has been produced by Scott Grainger of Cosmetic Safety Consultants which can be found here:
- We’d like to see copies of the Cosmetic Product Safety Report issued by your chemist, a sample of certificates will suffice if you have a large product range OR Alternatively we can accept confirmation directly from your assessor via their business email or letterhead confirming that they have certified your product range. In any event we reserve the right to contact your assessor to confirm any details of your application. By applying you agree to this condition.
- Please forward the documents as provided by your assessor, we cannot accept amended documents, screen shots or image files…
- It is a condition of membership that public liability insurance be held where available. Although we do not ask to see copies of insurance documents it is each members responsibility to ensure that they hold such cover.
If you need more information you will find it below the form. If you are ready to join just dive in and complete the form fields and click submit! Once your information is received and your membership approved, you will be a sent a link where you can register and create a profile. Please allow 7 working days for a response regarding membership applications.
You must attach at least one document. Allowable file types are .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt, .gif, .jpeg, .jpg, and .png. Maximum file size is 2mb per document. If you need to attach more than 6 files, please send another form with your additional files.
Note that your trading name and business email are for publication on this site and are used to set up your member profile. Your business name will be your site user name and cannot be changed.
Comments or questions are welcome.
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General information about membership
The Guild is a voluntary peer support network and is FREE to join – but please do read the information on this page carefully before applying to avoid delays in processing your application. The application process is very straightforward but we do require very specific information. It is important to understand that the Guild functions as a peer support group and should not be considered a replacement or alternative to any other trade bodies. What makes this Guild unique is you are required to show evidence that you are in compliance with the EU Regulation 1223/2009 (Cosmetics Regulation) before you can be accepted as a member.
Admission to the Guild members register is entirely discretionary and no correspondence will be entered into.
It is not Guild policy to accept into membership resellers, i.e. traders only selling on other manufacturers products. This is not a comment on this practice, which is a perfectly valid business activity, however the Guild was set up for self-employed and SME’s who manufacture and market their own produce. This is reflected in our title ‘Maker’. As part of your application process we may contact your safety assessor for a reference.
The Guild does not set standards. The Guild exists to raise awareness of existing standards. Neither does the Guild involve itself in approving suppliers of raw materials and products. As raw materials used in craft products must be safety tested and certified before the end product can be legally sold, standards in the area of supply are maintained by those who test the products. Testing is carried out by authorised persons as specified by the regulations, most often a chartered chemist.
Who can join the Guild?
Membership is open to any EU based craft soap and toiletry maker who can demonstrate that their products have been safety assessed and approved for sale by a chartered chemist in line with the EU Regulation 1223/2009 (Cosmetics Regulation). Members are required to hold insurance cover where available (such cover may not be available in all countries). We no longer ask to see copies of insurance policies, but it is the member’s responsibility to ensure that they hold such cover where available and where not that they abide fully with any variations in local legislation. Each member is responsible for ensuring that they continue to meet membership conditions, including updating safety certificates as required, and any issue affecting membership eligibility must be reported in writing to the Guild immediately.
What do I gain by joining the Guild?
You are making yourself known as a craft soap and toiletry maker who complies with the relevant legislation. You can let your customers know this by stating that you’re a member of the Guild on your promotional literature. Members receive a membership certificate:
Click to view an example of the MembershipCertificate (certificates are for strict use of registered members ONLY)
You can also tell other people about the Guild and encourage them to join. The more members we have, the greater the ability of the Guild to raise awareness of the regulations. This is in the interests of both members, other compliant crafters, and consumers of cosmetics products.
Failure to comply with any of these preconditions above invalidates membership immediately.
We DO NOT ask to see details of the formulas that you use to make any of your products – this is commercially sensitive information. Kindly note that any information you share with the Guild as part of your application will be kept in strictest confidence. Applications are only seen by the registrar. We will not be keeping any information that we do not need. Guild membership is offered entirely at the discretion of the Guild.
Kindly note that we do not offer membership to resellers or suppliers of products in kit format – this is not a reflection on these activities which are entirely legitimate. The Guild however exists to promote those who make their own products.
We do not offer membership to anyone who self-certifies their own products. Although there is nothing in the regulations that prevent a qualified person from so doing this decision has been taken to ensure that every member of the Guild has to follow a similar application process.
Membership of the Guild is at our entire discretion. No correspondence will be entered into where applications are refused.