High standards give Gerresheimer cosmetic glass the pharma grade

By Simon Pitman

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Glass bottle manufacturer Gerresheimer says that the high standards for the glass packaging it supplies to the cosmetics industry have given way to ISO certification usually reserved for pharmaceutical products.

“The cosmetic industry’s requirements of glass packaging are becoming increasingly discerning, both in terms of the products’ quality and in respect of the production processes,“​ said Bruno Bürkel, executive vice president of Gerresheimer’s Moulded Glass Division.

“We have set a new benchmark with our GMP certification, It confirms that we satisfy the extremely high standards that apply in pharmaceutical glass production.”

 German plant seals ISO pharma glass standard

The company’s plant in Tettau, Germany, was recently certified as compliant with the ISO 22716 Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standard, for both its exemplary processing and sustainable production for cosmetics glass at the factility.

This ISO standard was derived form the GMP 15378 standard for pharma production, but has also been issued in respect to glass packaging for luxury cosmetic producdts such as perfumes and creams. 

Gerresheimer says it teamed up with the certification body DQS Medizinprodukte, through which it went through the auditing process that led to the certification being issued last month.

GMP-compliant and certified

“Gerresheimer Tettau is the first company specialising in the production of cosmetic glass products that we have been able to certify as GMP-compliant,“​ said Sigrid Uhlemann, director medical products and general manager at DQS Medizinprodukte,

ISO 22716 has traditionally been the reserve of glass manufactured for the pharmaceutical industry, but Gerresheimer says that by achieving this for cosmetic glass it has reached a new standard for the cosmetics industry.

Although Gerresheimer has carved out a leading name for itself as a supplier to the pharmaceutical industry, it also produces flacons and cream jars for international cosmetics manufacturers that generally target the luxury end of the market.

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