1. How do I apply to join the Guild?

Information on joining can be viewed here:

2. How seriously will people take a guild that is free to join?

You shouldn’t confuse ‘free to join’ with ‘easy to join’! Only crafters who meet or terms and conditions of membership (see above) are able to join us.

3. Have you ever refused an application to join the Guild?

Applications are rarely turned down as our joining criteria is self-explanatory – there is no point attempting to join unless you meet our membership criteria.

4. Is there a list of approved suppliers?

We have heard mention of ‘approved suppliers’ being used in relation to soap and toiletry making. There is no list of approved suppliers as such. An approved supply line is one where the chemist who is testing the end product is satisfied that the manufacturer or producer of the raw material being used has produced a safe product. The tester is happy for it to be used in the final product. This is usually ascertained by the paper trail from producer to point of supply. Basically an approved supplier is any producer or manufacturer that satisfies the requirements of the person testing the product. Testing Chemists may have different views about different products and suppliers.

5. How do I get permission to make and sell soaps and toiletries?

You don’t need permission to become a crafter, you do however need to comply with all relevant legislation which relates to the end product. Cosmetics regulations are strict – EU Regulation 1223/2009 (Cosmetics Regulation) for a reason. Before beginning selling a requirement of the cosmetics regulations is that you have to register your products with the Cosmetic Product Notification Portal, AKA CPNP!

The Cosmetic Products Notification Portal (CPNP) is a free of charge online notification system created for the implementation of Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 on cosmetic products. When a product has been notified in the CPNP, there is no need for any further notification at national level within the EU


It is notable that just because a product has been successfully registered via the CPNP there is no guarantee that it necessarily meets the legislative criteria, in the event of any queries you need to consult your local competent authority – in the UK that is your local TS office…

6. How does the Guild set standards?

The Guild exists to raise awareness of existing standards. The Guild does not set standards, these have already been put in place by Government. 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 chemists who have undergone specialist training.

7. How do I find out more about the legislation?

See our home page and follow the links…

8. I reported someone to you who is breaking the law. Why won’t you take any action?

A guild is an association of people for mutual aid or the pursuit of a common goal and membership is voluntary. The cosmetics products safety regulations and Food Imitations (Safety) Regulations are both enforced by your local Training Standards office. You should report any concerns directly to your local office.

9. My safety certificates show details of my formulas and product recipes. Do I need to show you this information?

No. Safety certificates do not follow a standard format and some show more information than others. If this information is included on your documents please feel free to blank it out, we only need to see those parts of the certificate that state ‘product safe’ and chemists details. Details about how you make your products are commercially sensitive and we do not require them. If your chemist is happy that they are safe that meets our criteria. In any case only the registrar sees these certificates, and strict confidentiality is maintained at all times. At no time will an active crafter be shown commercially sensitive information relating to your product range.

10. Does it matter where I trained or learned to make my products?

No. We do not ask for this information. As long as your products meet the standards required for certification, and you hold appropriate insurance or satisfy local trading requirements where such insurance may not be available, then you meet our membership requirements

11. Can you offer advice on insurance?

In a word: no. Insurance is a specialist subject, and under legislative guidelines only qualified persons are allowed to offer advice. You need to speak to an insurance broker, the Association of British Insurers should be able to provide details of brokers/insurance companies that can help you. We also list some insurance brokers that we know offer insurance to craft soap and toiletry makers. However it is your responsibility to be certain that your insurance cover meets your needs.