Since 2008, the AFSSAPS (now known as ANSM, Association Nationale de Sécurité du Médicament*), has regularly issued recommendations on quality criteria, to provide a framework for using essential oils and ensure better supervision.
A good essential oil will display certifications such as “EOBBD” (Essential Oils Botanically and Biochemically Defined) and “100% pure, natural” certifying their traceability, quality, and strict supervision.
- 100% pure: Free of any other essential oil, plant oil or other solvent.
- 100% natural: Free of chemical products (mineral essences, synthetic compounds, etc.).
- Traceability must be guaranteed: Each batch of essential oil must be subject to inspection (chromatography during the gaseous phase) as a standard procedure.