Laboratory Quality Control in Cosmetics Manufacturing


The Increasing Importance of National and International Standards

Our "Best Laboratory Practice in Cosmetics Manufacturing QC" guide outlines how innovative solutions can optimize the setup of your quality control lab.
Our "Best Laboratory Practice in Cosmetics Manufacturing QC" guide outlines how innovative solutions can optimize the setup of your quality control lab.

Cosmetics must be tested for safety before their sale. Though the testing regimen imposed differs among countries, the key elements assessed include their shelf-stability, as well as the levels of harmful compounds and/or microbes present in product batches. A guide outlines the principles underlying effective quality control and offers suggestions on instruments, software and service options to support analyses. 

The regulation of cosmetics production is variable, and depends both on the type of cosmetics concerned and their country of origin and/or sale. However, across the industry more broadly, the tendency is toward regulatory harmonization. National and international standards and regulations such as Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) are attaining increasing importance in the global marketplace.

The current GMP framework for cosmetics manufacturing was developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Though legally non-binding, the standard, ISO 22716:2007 11, covers the manufacturing process from ingredients to finished products, and outlines principles such as process validation, record-keeping, operator training and product safety. 

Correct results from chemical analyses and weighing applications are instrumental throughout the quality assurance process

Like pharmaceutical products, cosmetics are complex mixtures of precise composition and with specific properties. Chemical analyses or weighing applications are usually only one part in their manufacture, yet can strongly influence the quality and integrity of the final product. Indeed, before sale in many countries, cosmetics must be tested for safety, as well as for compliance with GMP, and the measurement of parameters such as pH, viscosity and specific gravity is critical to consistency, batch uniformity and safety alike.

Once a new analytical or weighing instrument has been selected and installed, equipment qualification and, if required, process validation must be conducted to prove that the solution installed fulfills customer requirements, and that it is compliant with regulations and process specifications.

But what are the relevant standards and regulations with regard to analytical or weighing applications? How should, e.g., weighing systems be selected, installed and validated? How should maintenance and service processes be established?


Our "Best Laboratory Practice in Cosmetics Manufacturing QC" guide outlines innovative solutions for your quality control lab

The aim of this guide is to provide an overview of the regulatory landscape related to analytical and weighing processes in cosmetics labs, and to recommend solutions that meet standards and support compliance.

More specifically, this guide shows how cosmetics manufacturers can utilize state-of-the-art products incorporating high-tech functions and clever design details to ensure best practice and meet regulatory guidelines throughout the product lifecycle.