European Federation for Cosmetic Ingredients:2017

The European Federation for Cosmetic Ingredients (EFfCI) is an association which represents and promotes the interests of European manufacturers of cosmetic ingredients.

Incentive

The EFfCI published the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Guide for Cosmetic Ingredients - Revision 2017, including the Certification Standard and Scheme for GMP for Cosmetic Ingredients.

The format of the EFfCI GMP Guidelines is based on the structure of ISO 9001 and the IPEC (International Pharmaceutical Excipients Council) GMP guide.
EFfCI GMP certification ensures compliance with good manufacturing practice in the production of cosmetic ingredients. It therefore guarantees that companies manufacturing cosmetic ingredients comply with regulations that ensure product quality in terms of both materials and production processes. It also enables cosmetics manufacturers to demonstrate compliance with ISO 22716: 2007 (Cosmetics - Good Manufacturing Practices guidelines) and EU Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 on cosmetic products.

Outcome

Cosmetic industry suppliers have a GMP standard which is adapted to their manufacturing processes and helps meet the standards required by their customers. The current edition of GMP for cosmetic ingredients reflects the most recent version of ISO 9001:2015 and provides the ideal basis for GMP certification for cosmetic ingredients throughout the world.

Target groups

Those concerned include cosmetic industry distributors and all organisations which supply ingredients, regardless of their size.

Validity

EFfCI GMP certification is valid for three years. A surveillance audit is conducted every year and a recertification audit after three years.

Recognition

SQS has been accredited by EFfCI to carry out audits and certify management systems which comply with EFfCI GMP. The latest edition of EFfCI GMP has been updated in cooperation with the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) to ensure that GMP criteria are relevant and recognised worldwide.

Combinations

The certification procedure matches the ISO 9001 system. EFfCI GMP certification is a voluntary extension of ISO 9001 certification and covers all its requirements.

Gianluigi Pezzulo