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GMP: The backbone of cosmetic product manufacturing

In the dynamic world of cosmetic product manufacturing, driven not only by growing consumer demands and constant scientific and technological innovation but also by emerging regulatory changes, adherence to Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) stands as a fundamental principle, ensuring safety, quality and legal compliance in the process.  

Legal requirements 

Cosmetic GMP are manufacturing guidelines employed to ensure stringent quality control and effective risk management in cosmetic manufacturing processes. These standards delineate the protocols for product manufacturing, testing, storage, handling, and distribution. By meticulously defining each stage of production, adherence to GMP guarantees the product's quality and safety at every juncture.  

Article 8 of Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 requires that the manufacture of cosmetic products complies with GMP.  

Compliance with good manufacturing practice is presumed where the manufacture is in accordance with an established harmonised standard published in the Official Journal of the European Union.  Several countries endorse the use of the International Standards Organization (ISO) Guidelines on Good Manufacturing Practices for Cosmetics - ISO Standard 22716:2007

Consumer safety

First and foremost, compliance with GMP looks after consumer safety. By implementing strict protocols, quality control measures, and rigorous testing, manufacturers can minimise the risk of contamination and product defects that can lead to undesirable effects. 

Product quality 

By adhering to standardised procedures for production, storage, and distribution, and maintaining robust quality control systems, manufacturers guarantee consistent product quality. 

Regulatory compliance 

In an industry subject to strict regulations, compliance with GMP standards in the European Union (EU) is not optional, it's mandatory. Therefore, they are a condition for meeting regulatory requirements and maintaining legal market access. 

Global market access 

Besides being mandatory in the EU, cosmetic GMP is also highly recommended in other countries, favouring the entry of compliant manufacturers into those markets. 

In essence, from safeguarding consumer safety to maintaining product quality and ensuring regulatory compliance, GMP serves as an essential and mandatory requirement for controlled and compliant cosmetic production, building trust and credibility and contributing to the overall recognition of cosmetic industry quality. 



Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 of 30 November 2009 on cosmetic products 

International Organization for Standardization (ISO). (2007). ISO 22716:2007 - Cosmetics - Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) - Guidelines on Good Manufacturing Practices  

Cosmetics Europe. Compliance with Regulation 1223/2009 on cosmetic products - Cosmetics Europe Guidelines on the Product Information File (P.I.F.) Requirement. 2015 

Health Canada. Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) for Cosmetic Products. 2014 

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