ISO 22716 – Cosmetics – – Good Manufacturing Practices

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Good manufacturing practices - Cosmetics

In the Era of Globalization with brands and products being international, Manufacturers and suppliers focus on safety of cosmetic products is of utmost importance. Various standards both domestic and international are available currently in the market which stipulates the requirements to be met by manufacturers, suppliers, wholesalers and retailers, to enhance product quality of cosmetics.

The ISO 22716 standard provides companies involved with Manufacturing, product testing, packaging, warehousing, transportation storage of finished cosmetic products a comprehensive quality management system. This standard specifies the norms of product safety in cosmetics and business improvement to meet customer demands.

Consumers have become increasingly concerned and sensitive about the safety of cosmetic products they use because of the adverse effects of poor quality cosmetics on the body i.e. eye and skin infections, burns and allergic reactions. The effect could be from any cosmetics including perfumes because of its ingredients used in manufacturing or preserving. ISO 22716 is a giant leap in achieving a globally recognized standard for the safety of cosmetic products. SO Technical Committee (TC) 217 Working Group (WG) 6 formulated this standard between 2002 and 2006 and In November 2007 published the final document.

What are the cosmetics good manufacturing practices and ISO 22716 ?

Cosmetics GMP are a set of operational rules and organizational guidelines affecting product quality.
ISO 22716 is not only limited to production activities but also includes control, storage and expedition.
The objective of the GMP is to define the activities which lead to the final product and set specifications, to ensure product safety

Benefits of ISO 22716

  • The requirements for good manufacturing practices, product and process quality is integrated with other Quality guidance like the prerequisites that are laid down for ISO 9001.

  • Organizations of any size and level of complexity can implement the standards easily.

  • Forms a globally accepted safety compliance and quality basis in the cosmetic supply chain.

  • Promotes legal compliance as it is universally adopted.

  • Reduces and Controls cosmetic hazards and promotes continued improvement in all levels of the supply chain

Who can Use ISO 22716 Certification?

  • ISO 22716 Cosmetics Good Manufacturing Practice is designed by the experts can be used by any organisation  which involves production or Handling of Cosmetics which is used for external application on human  can be used by any organisation, irrespective of their size or geographical location.

How Vegas CG Can Help You ?

You get much more than just a certificate with Vegas CG as your audit and certification partner, Vegas CG provides valuable tools to reduce documentation, and helps identify cost savings, and provides assistance in avoiding deviation of an original process.

Our Team of experts function as part of your management team and help your organisation achieve greater benefits of the management system.

Certification process

VCG shall initially review the client enquiry and send them a questionnaire for their completion. Based on the completed questionnaire from the client VCG will take a decision for certification, for which a quote will be sent to the client for 3 years of certification period. Click here to know more information about the certification process.

Conformity Assessment Stages & Cycle

STAGE 1 – Document review & Initial visit

  • To verify how well the organisation has understood requirements of the standard and there progress.
  • Collect information on the scope of the management system, organisations related statutory, regulatory and legal compliance aspects.


  • Detailed Report will be prepared and communicated by end of the Man-day by the audit team.
  • The Duration for Stage 2 Audit will be decided based on the Non-Conformance raised during Stage 1.

STAGE 2 -Initial Assessment – On Site

  • To evaluate the implementation and effectiveness of your management system.
  • To evidence that the management system conforms to the standard & other requirements.
  • Conformance to internal auditing and management review management responsibility for your organisation’s policies


  • The Report records the results of the assessment, any areas for improvement and any identified and agreed non-conformities.
  • Detailed Report will be prepared and communicated by end of the Audit day by the audit team.

Themed Surveillance Audit

To make sure your management system is still effective, and to follow up on the progress that has been made since last visit. Visits occur at regular intervals of 1yrs from date of previous audit.

The surveillance visits aim to confirm that the approved management system continues to:

  • To be maintained
  • To be operational
  • Deliver continual improvements.


A detailed report will be submitted by the assessor’s team including long term improvement, record findings, Feedback to senior management. System weaknesses & impact that can adversely on the business.

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