GMP for Cosmetics ISO 22716 (GMPc)

GMP for Cosmetics ISO 22716(GMPc)


ISO 22716 is a comprehensive set of guidelines for Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) in the cosmetics and personal care industry that was introduced in 2007. These guidelines cover a range of cosmetic products, from makeup and oral care to creams, deodorants, hair products, and fragrances, which are intended to enhance, cleanse, or alter a consumer’s face or body. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is a widely recognized non-governmental organization that establishes standards across many industries.

In 2007, the International Cooperation on Cosmetic Regulations (ICCR), comprised of the United States (US), Canada, European Union (EU), and Japan, decided that ISO 22716 would be the standard used when recommending or publishing cosmetic GMP guidelines for each country. Thus, ISO 22716 guidelines have become the global benchmark for cosmetics GMP standards.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) updated its GMP guidelines in 2013, incorporating the recommendations set forth in ISO 22716. Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), also referred to as current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP), highlight the need for companies to adopt tools and technologies that comply with current standards.


The ISO 22716 GMP related processes are integral to quality assurance and the guidelines help companies manufacture products that are consistently high in quality from batch to batch. It sets out the Audit schedule is based on a Quality Management System QMS approach using a 3 year cycle of initial certification followed by 2 annual surveillance visits. This allows the verification of the system over the 3 years reducing the audit time and costs based on the internal controls by the company.


Implementing industry standard GMP according to ISO 22716:2007 requires considering the following GMP guidelines:-

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