The safety of cosmetic products is often on the minds of manufacturers, suppliers, regulators and consumers.
ISO 22716 provides guidance on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) for cosmetic products. The standard also constitutes the practical development of the quality assurance concept. It does this by offering advice on managing factors that could impact product quality to organizations of all sizes and complexity, from receipt to shipment, including production and storage.
Certification follows successful completion of an audit and allows:
ISO 22716 is the global reference for regulatory and supply chain compliance in the cosmetics industry. It has been incorporated into, referenced or endorsed by many cosmetics regulations across the world.
To reach and maintain consistency and encourage common terminology, ISO 22716 has 36 definitions specific to its application.
Five core elements
The guidelines essentially have five core elements:
US – incorporated in revised US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidance.
EU – referenced as GMP compliance standard (1223/2009).
Japan – adopted by the Japan Cosmetic Industry Association.
ASEAN (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam) – acknowledged as equivalent to ASEAN cosmetics GMP.
Canada – endorsed as a voluntary standard.
Brazil – regulation RDC 48/2013 is based on ISO 22716, with additional requirements.
Each standard or set of guidelines have their own problems that must be overcome if you want to achieve the greatest benefits. Here are some key pain points to consider early on:
Using our extensive experience of the pain points organizations face on the road to certification, we deliver a range of tailormade services to support you every step of the way.
Organizations with an existing cosmetic quality program(s) can incorporate ISO 22716 elements into it through a step-by-step approach, thus achieving compliance with global cosmetic GMP principles.
An organization with an existing cosmetic quality program(s) can build upon its existing platform to seamlessly transition to ISO 22716.
The guidelines combine general quality management principles and typical elements of cosmetic product GMP with a risk management-based approach, including:
It is essential that ISO 22716 is implemented correctly to reap all of the rewards.
The guidelines cover all aspects of the cosmetic product supply chain, from raw materials to final product shipment.
ISO 22716 supports organizations that wish to follow advice to manage the human, technical and administrative factors that affect product quality.
GMP follows the principles of sound scientific judgment and risk assessment to produce cosmetic products that meet defined characteristics.
You must consider:
Audits against customer-specific criteria
Our audits can be customized for all industries within the global supply chain to verify an organization’s ability to meet criteria, including quality, consumer safety and occupational health and safety.
Covering suppliers & codes of practice
Supplier/vendor/co-packer/licensee assessments can monitor suppliers’ adherence to your requirements and/or contractual agreements.
Products can also be verified as meeting quality, consumer safety, environmental, occupational and/or social responsibility requirements, protecting your brand and values.
Auditing against your code of practice can monitor your network’s compliance with what is defined within it, ensuring brand protection and that practices remain consistent throughout the network.
The customer-specific audit process
Step A – agree audit requirements and contract
Step B – conduct audit
Step C – issue audit report
Step D – ongoing monitoring audit (based on agreement)
Why our ISO 22716 services?
With expertise in all major industries, we help customers across the world to operate more sustainably by improving quality and productivity, reducing risk, verifying compliance and increasing speed to market.
What we offer
An audit against ISO 22716 from SGS will help your organization to stand out from the crowd by supporting your product quality assurance and control.
Our auditors know the characteristics of cosmetic products and can apply this to all critical steps during QMS assessment, from acceptation of raw materials to product distribution.
Our laboratories offer integrated customer-specific solutions for safety compliance and can assist you in controlling product quality, including its raw materials, packaging and compliance with cosmetics industry regulations.
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