ISO 22716

This standard covers all aspects of the supply chain and determines the criteria for quality during different stages.

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ISO 22716 – Cosmetic GMP

ISO 22716 covers all aspects of the supply chain and determines the criteria for quality during the different stages of a cosmetic product. It provides a comprehensive approach for those who work in the manufacturing, packaging, testing, storage, and transportation of finished cosmetic products.

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What is ISO 22716?

The International Standardisation Organisation (ISO) published new guidelines to promote safe manufacturing and production of all cosmetic products under Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). Regulators across the globe have adopted ISO 22716 in order to meet these requirements and open up new markets.

ISO 22716 sets organisational criteria for the quality throughout the various stages of manufacturing, including the purchase of raw materials, components, and packaging material. Therefore, all participants on the cosmetic product chain are concerned: from the ingredient production to distribution and exportation.

How will ISO 22716 help my business?

Every cosmetic product circulated into the European Market must be produced according to the Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) under The European Union’s Regulation (EC) No 1223/2000. This applies to goods processed in all EU countries as well as for all imported cosmetics. Your organization can demonstrate compliance with GMP by implementing ISO 22716.

ISO 22716 is the internationally recognised standard for cosmetic product safety, and partners elements of GMP and risk assessment cohesively within a complete quality management system. ISO 22716 combines the benefit of a business management system with cosmetic quality and safety. ISO 22716 provides you with the ability to meet growing customer requirements for safe cosmetic products on a global level.

Steps to getting ISO 22716 certified

Working towards ISO 22716 certification with IMSM is a trouble-free, step-by-step approach.

  1. Initial consultation
    We help you outline your goals, focusing on what your business wants to achieve and how it defines success, particularly in relation to your client’s requirements. You and your ISO consultants will agree on reasonable outcomes and delivery dates.
  2. Producing your organisation’s ISO 22716 manual system documentation
    Next, the IMSM consultant will audit your existing procedures and help you document the new systems that will help deliver success – both existing and how you will improve these. The manual system documentation sets out how your business should operate going forward so that it can deliver ISO 22716.
    You will be able to view the manual system documentation, along with most other relevant documentation, on our client portal IMSMLoop. It offers a comprehensive insight into the progress of your ISO implementation, along with copies of the relevant audit reports, certifications, and any necessary corrective actions. The portal serves as a central hub for tracking your ISO journey.
  3. Training you to adopt the ISO 22716 framework
    While the manual system documentation is a vital document moving forward, it is even more important that it gets put to practical use. We work with the senior management team to ensure the framework is embedded throughout your organisation. We can also develop and deliver tailored training for staff to ensure that the understanding and implementation of ISO 22716 is watertight. This will create consistency across your organisation, transforming your business from day one so it is optimised for efficiency, continual improvement, and greater profitability.
  4. Submission to a third-party external auditor
    Before you can be awarded the ISO 22716 certification, your organisation applies to the third-party certifying body that you have selected to conduct your audit. This audit objectively determines whether your business conforms to ISO 22716, and the relevant accompanying documentation is accessible through our client portal, IMSMLoop.

As we have provided excellent support and guidance to your business every step of the way, you can rest assured that your ISO 22716 certification will be successful.

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Simple: We make it simple. Since 1994, we’ve been helping businesses achieve ISO certification and have over 150 experts worldwide. With 15,000+ clients trusting us to implement their ISOs, we have proven to be experts capable of handling the logistical heavy lifting, saving your company precious time. With a transparent fixed fee, flexible approach, and real-time access to updates, documentation, and an array of other features through IMSMLoop, we work with your organisation to make ISO 22716 implementation as straightforward and beneficial as possible.

We strive to do this with our:

– World-class gap analysis
– Experienced and diverse ISO consultants
– Regular updates, provided through IMSMLoop
– Flexible terms and contract
– Fixed fee
– Full implementation

How can ISO specialists help your business?

Getting started with ISO 22716 certification might seem daunting; this is often the reason why businesses enlist the help of an ISO consultant. For thirty years, we’ve supported and guided organisations like yours through certification. Our experienced consultants take the lead on auditing your business, helping you use the results to enhance your quality management system. If necessary, there is also plenty of room for training.


  1. How does my business gain ISO 22716 certification?
    The ISO 22716 standard is designed to be comprehensive, focusing on quality, which ensures a smooth integration with other management systems, such as ISO 9001. Most businesses start their ISO journey with ISO 9001 as this puts into place quality management systems and processes which can be further developed to incorporate cosmetic safety as well as other standards.
  2. How can IMSM help my business gain ISO 22716 certification?
    Our experienced consultants work with the systems and processes in your business, to ensure the implementation of ISO 22716 really does fit the way your organisation uses its data. With a fixed fee and flexible approach, our consultants are focused on making standards work in your business.
  3. Why do I need ISO 22716 certification?
    Independent audit is a critical part of the ISO concept as it adds objectivity and credibility into the process. Self-regulation is critical for the ongoing success of any ISO, but it is independent audit that proves without a doubt that the ISO standard has been properly embedded throughout your organisation.

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What is GMP in cosmetics?

Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) are the actions required to conform to the guidelines set by agencies that control the authorisation, licensing, and sale of cosmetics, consumables, pharmaceutical products, dietary supplements, and medical devices.

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What do I need to know about ISO 22716?

ISO 22716 focuses on enhancing the safety of consumer cosmetics across every section of the supply chain.

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This standard contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals:

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Hong Kong

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