The Ins & Outs of Cosmetics GMP
The Ins & Outs of Cosmetics GMP and why it’s an industry standard for Cosmetic Manufacturers like us.
GMP stands for Good Manufacturing Practice. In the context of cosmetics, GMP refers to the regulations and designated guidelines that ensure the quality, safety, and consistency of cosmetic products during their manufacturing process.
Did you know that Article 8 of Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 on Cosmetic Products, as amended by the Product Safety and Metrology etc & (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 in Great Britain (GB) states that:
1. The manufacture of cosmetic products shall comply with good manufacturing practice with a view to ensuring the objectives of Article 1.
2. Compliance with good manufacturing practice shall be presumed where the manufacture is in accordance with the relevant standard- ISO 22716.
Article 8 of the Regulation means that is a compulsory requirement for Cosmetic Manufacturers to demonstrate that the manufacture of their products is carried out in compliance to GMP.
Here’s some key aspects of the GMP requirements that we monitor every day at Pelham!
- Facilities & Equipment: We have a suitable facility and equipment to ensure the cleanliness, hygiene and proper handling of ingredients and finished products. This includes maintaining a controlled environment, adequate ventilation and appropriate storage conditions.
- Documentation & Record Keeping: We maintain comprehensive documentation of all processes and procedures related to the manufacturing, testing and distribution of cosmetics. This includes things like batch records, standard operation procedures (SOPs) and quality control records.
- Raw Materials: We use high-quality raw materials that meet specified standards. Pelham establishes procedures for the selection and qualification of our suppliers, as well as for the proper storage and handling of the raw materials that we use.
- Manufacturing Processes: Our entire manufacturing process (including bulk production, filling, packing and warehousing of cosmetic products) are conducted in a controlled manner to prevent contamination, cross-contamination, or other issues that could compromise product quality or safety.
- Quality Control & Testing: Our quality control procedures ensure the consistency and safety of cosmetic products. This involves conducting appropriate testing of the products such as organoleptic assessment, physicochemical analysis and microbiological testing prior to product release to the market.
- Packaging & Labelling: We strictly adhere to the regulations for the proper packaging and labelling of cosmetic products. Accurate ingredient lists, appropriate usage of instructions and compliance within the relevant regulatory requirements are all examples of this.
- Our People: The training and qualification of our team involved in the manufacturing process are experts in GMP principles and are trained in proper hygiene practices, handling of raw materials, equipment operation and quality control.
Adherence to the requirements of the GMP guidelines are essential for Pelham and companies like ours to meet the required standards of quality, safety and effectiveness. These practices help to maintain the highest product quality standards and ensure consumer safety.
However, one thing you may not know is that Pelham have gone one step further and been certified for compliance to ISO 22716:2007 Cosmetics – Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) – Guidelines on Good Manufacturing Practices, which is a specific internationally recognised standard within the Cosmetics GMP framework.
Our ISO 22716:2007 certification ensures that we adhere to internationally recognised best practices for quality and safety. It provides assurance to our customers, industry regulators and business partners that we have implemented robust processes to ensure the integrity of our products.