BASF obtains GMP certification for cosmetics ingredients site

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BASF obtains GMP certification for cosmetics ingredients site

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BASF has announced another step towards complete safety acknowledgement for its cosmetics ingredients after its largest global personal care site in Dusseldorf-Holthausen obtained another Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) certification for cosmetic ingredients.

It now joins eleven other BASF sites where cosmetic ingredients are manufactured which currently have a similar certificate.

The company states that by 2018, it strives to have GMP certification for all relevant production sites for cosmetic ingredients worldwide.

The Dusseldorf-Holthausen site is the firm’s largest worldwide for the production of ingredients for the personal care industry and successfully passed the audit in accordance with the requirements of the European Federation for Cosmetic Ingredients (EFfCI).

BASF’s ingredients portfolio for personal care is designed to meet customer’s needs in the various skin and hair care segments, like AP/DEO, Sun Care, Colour Cosmetics, Styling and Oral Care.

The certification confirms that strict guidelines for product quality and industrial hygiene requirements are followed during the manufacturing process.

"Today more than ever, consumers expect that their personal care products include high quality and safe cosmetic ingredients. Our customers, cosmetics manufacturers, are faced with the challenge to prove that they meet these requirements," ​says Jan-Peter Sander, Senior Vice President of Personal Care Europe.

"GMP certification confirms the high production standards and the excellent quality of cosmetic ingredients produced at our Dusseldorf-Holthausen site."


The GMP guidelines for cosmetic ingredients provide important guidance for manufacturers seeking consistently high quality standards, and are there to ensure this, as well as an effective approach to risk management.

These guidelines set out standards for product manufacturing, testing, storage, handling and distribution, to ensure that each step of manufacturing is acceptable for quality and safety of the product.

GMPs do not provide specifics on how products are to be manufactured. Instead they outline the expected outcome of the processes. Every manufacturer, large or small, may have a unique means of achieving these outcomes.

The standards are established and regularly refined by the EFfCI, a European industry association that was founded in 2000 and represents the collective interests of more than 100 manufacturers of cosmetic ingredients in Europe.

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