DIN EN ISO 22716 Cosmetics Certification

ISO 22716 / Cosmetics GMP: assures fulfilment of legal requirements

ISO 22716 is a worldwide standard with recommendations for good manufacturing practices for international cosmetic products and household detergents. ISO 22716 is often referred to as “Cosmetics GMP”. International harmonised standard DIN EN ISO 22716 also has quasi legal status based on its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

ISO 22716 assesses the safety and quality of household and personal care products. It includes all the relevant factors along the supply chain including processing of products and initial packaging.

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Target group for ISO 22716

ISO 22716 is relevant for you if your organization works in one or several of the following four areas:

  1. Product manufacture
  2. Product control
  3. Storage of cosmetic products
  4. Shipment and transportation of cosmetics

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Benefits of ISO 22716 certification

  • Evidence of compliance with legal standards for your trading partners  and customers

  • Clear positioning as a manufacturer of high-quality and safe cosmetics, household and bodycare products

  • Consumers have more trust and confidence in your products

  • Greater product safety 

  • Internationally recognised

  • Optimised production processes

  • Building block for useful and appropriate risk management within your company

  • Increased effectiveness and efficiency

ISO 22716: your certificate in a few steps

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The most frequently asked questions about ISO 22716 summarised for you:

What is the purpose of ISO 22716 certification?

The aim of ISO 22716, often also referred to in the sector as "Cosmetics GMP", is to increase the safety of final products and to protect consumers. ISO 22716 is also a suitable instrument in order to ensure fulfilment of legal requirements. These are laid down in the EU by EC Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009. The certification demonstrates to partners and customers that you comply with these rules.

What are "Good manufacturing practices"?

Good manufacturing practices (GMP) mean practical application of quality assurance in an organization based on appropriate scientific judgement and risk assessment. The aim of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) is to define the steps needed in order to manufacture a product that exhibits certain fixed characteristics. Thorough documentation is a very important element within good manufacturing practices.

What is the content of the ISO 22716 Standard?

This ISO standard contains organisational and practical advice on the manufacture, control, storage and shipment of cosmetic products and domestic detergents. The emphasis is on the quality-related aspects of the product. Instructions are given on handling the personnel, technical and administrative factors which influence product quality; the guidelines follow the product flow from incoming goods to despatch and can be applied accordingly. However, they do not apply to research and development activities or distribution of finished products, nor do they cover safety aspects for the personnel engaged in the plant, or aspects of protection of the environment.

What is the difference between ISO 22716 and IFS HPC?


Like ISO 22716, the IFS HPC Standard assesses the safety and quality of household and bodycare products.  

IFS HPC contains the requirements of ISO 22716, but goes still further.

The following core areas are covered by IFS HPC:

  • Quality and risk management system of an organization
  • Product defence and safety for final consumers
  • Requirements of ISO 22716 (GMP for cosmetics)
  • Assessment of household and hygiene products and
  • The associated processes.

With certification according to ISO 22716, you demonstrate compliance with legislation for good manufacturing practices in relation to cosmetic and bodycare products and detergents. IFS HPC also gives you access to the European retail market as a supplier.

Based on the growing expectations of consumers and an increasingly complex supply chain, certification according to IFS HPC is generally required for suppliers to the European retail trade.

ISO 22716 certification by TÜV NORD CERT – the benefit to you

Objective, neutral, independent: when it comes to certification, you can rely on TÜV NORD CERT. We have many years of experience and offer an extensive range of certifications based on our trusted international TÜV NORD brand. Our auditors have wide-ranging expertise, and annual training ensures that they are always at the forefront in their particular field – ensuring that audits are efficient and cost-effective. Our specialist knowledge and interdisciplinary approach mean we can offer practical combined certifications from one source, for example for ISO 22716 and ISO 9001. We are always happy to discuss which standard(s) would be useful for your own specific situation.

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