Cosmetic manufacturers in New Zealand can be certified to comply with ISO 22716 by Cosmetics New Zealand (registered as Cosmetic Toiletry and Fragrance Association).
This means that products are manufactured under the processes and requirements set out in both the Cosmetics New Zealand’s own GMP and under the International Standard ISO 22716 which ensures they are made to the highest safety standard available to cosmetics manufactures globally.
In order to be certified the manufacturer must be a member of Cosmetics New Zealand and must undergo a rigorous audit of their premises, systems and processes.
This includes checks on ingredient quality, hygiene and clean down, suitability of the premises, clear documentation, training and full compliance with legal obligations.
Once certified the manufacturer must be fully re-audited every 5 years if no significant changes are made to premises or earlier if significant changes such as expanded or changed premises occur.
A desk audit check is made every two and a half years to check on for any such changes.
Failure to meet the standard during a re-audit will see the GMP revoked until such time as compliance can be achieved through remedial work by the manufacturer.
Certificates issued to the manufacturers are able to be used to provide evidence to regulators in international markets that products made in their factory is safe for those markets. Some markets have this as a mandatory requirement while others require those placing products on sale to hold the evidence of this on file should the regulator need to see it.
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