In the world of cosmetics, ensuring the quality and safety of the products is of the greatest importance and, therefore, strict regulations and guidelines have been established with a view to guarantee a high level of protection of human health.
Article 8 of Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 especially requires that the manufacture of cosmetic products complies with cosmetic Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP).
What is Cosmetic GMP?
Cosmetic GMP sets the foundation for manufacturers to uphold the highest standards in the production, packaging and quality control of cosmetic products.
Compliance will be presumed if GMP is in accordance with an established harmonised standard published in the Official Journal of the European Union. A harmonised standard is defined as a standard developed by a recognised European Standards Organisation. One such example is ISO 22716.
ISO 22716: International Standard for Cosmetic GMP
ISO 22716 is an internationally recognised standard developed by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) specifically for cosmetic GMP. This standard provides guidelines for the production, control, storage, and distribution of cosmetic products. ISO 22716 covers various aspects of cosmetic manufacturing, including personnel, premises, equipment, raw material control, production, packaging, storage, and distribution. It aims to ensure that cosmetic products are consistently produced in a controlled environment, adhering to strict quality and safety requirements.
The importance of Cosmetic GMP
A description of the manufacturing method and a statement on compliance with GMP is to be included in the Product Information File (PIF).