ISO 22716:2007
Cosmetics — Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) — Guidelines on Good Manufacturing Practices

The ISO 22716 Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) for cosmetics guide was introduced to provide guidelines for the production, control, storage and distribution of cosmetic products. The guide places emphasis on the quality of the cosmetic product in relation to the customer, and the traceability and accountability in the production and distribution process of the product.

The ISO 22716 guide to GMP is structured to complement any existing management systems in place such as ISO 9001.

Most current manufacturing and production processes are thoroughly examined and evaluated for their use and production. With ISO 22716, not only do you receive a guideline for your business’ path, you also commit to ensuring the safety, quality and excellence of your product.

In accordance with the ISO 22716 guide, the manufacturing system of your company will be audited and inspected on the following areas:

Complaint and recalls
Contracting/ subcontracting
Documentation and records
Internal audits and Laboratory quality controls
Material management
Packaging and labelling
Premises, buildings or facilities
Production and in-process controls
Storage and distribution

Main principles:

Personnel: personnel should have appropriate training to produce, control and store products with a defined quality. ISO 22716 also defines some parameters and characteristics about the organization (organizational chart and the number of people), key responsibilities (of the management and the personnel), training, personnel’s personal hygiene and health, and about visitors and untrained personnel.

Premises: premises should be located, designed, constructed and utilized so as to ensure the protection of the product; to permit efficient cleaning, if necessary, sanitizing and maintenance; and to minimize the risk of mix-up of products, raw materials and packaging units.

Equipment: equipment should be suitable for the intended purpose, capable of being cleaned and, if necessary, sanitized and maintained. The equipment should be properly designed, installed, regularly calibrated, cleaned and sanitized, and maintained. It should be accessed and used only by authorized personnel, and there should be adequate back-up systems arrangements available.
Raw materials and packaging materials: raw materials and packaging materials that are purchased should meet defined acceptance criteria (physical, chemical, and microbiological) relevant to the quality of finished products. There should be proper measures and criteria in place for purchasing, receipt, identification and status, release, storage and re-evaluation of raw materials. The quality of water used in production should also be controlled.

Production: at each stage of manufacturing operations and packaging operations, measures should be taken to produce a finished product that meets the defined characteristics. During the manufacturing operations availability of relevant documents should be ensured, start-up checks performed, batch numbers assigned, in-process operations, in-process controls and bulk product storage should be defined, as well as the re-stocking of raw-materials. Similar operations, controls and standards should be defined for the packaging operations.

Finished products: prior to placing the finished products on the market, the manufacturer should ensure that the finished products meet the defined acceptance criteria, and that finished products are controlled in accordance with the established test methods. Storage, shipment and returns should be managed in a manner so as to maintain the quality of finished products.

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Quality control laboratory: principles described for personnel, premises, equipment, subcontracting, and documentation should apply to the quality control laboratory. The quality control laboratory is responsible for ensuring that the necessary and relevant controls, within its activity, are carried out for sampling and testing so that materials are released for use and products are released for shipment, only if their quality fulfils the required acceptance criteria.
Treatment of product that is out of specification should be defined.

Wastes: wastes should be disposed of in a timely and sanitary manner.

Subcontracting: a written contract of agreement should be established, mutually confirmed and controlled between the contract giver and the contract acceptor covering subcontracting activities. The objective of this step is to obtain a product or service that complies with the defined contract giver requirements.

Deviations: deviations should be identified, sufficient data should be collected about them, and corrective measures should be taken.

Complaints and recalls: all the complaints related to the products communicated to the plant should be reviewed, investigated and followed-up on, as appropriate. When a product recall decision is made, appropriate steps should be taken to complete the recall and to implement the corrective action. In the case of contracted operations, both parties should agree on the process for managing complaints.

Change control: changes that could affect the quality of the product should be approved and performed by authorized personnel on the basis of sufficient data.
Internal audit: the implementation and the status of GMP should be monitored. If necessary, corrective actions should be proposed.

Documentation: Documentation is an integral part of GMP. Each company should have its own system of documentation established, designed, installed and maintained, depending on the organizational structure and the type of products. The objective of documentation is to describe the defined GMP activities, and therefore prevent the loss of information, confusion etc.