Now, more than 20 BASF production sites for personal care ingredients fulfill the criteria for the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standard of the European Federation for Cosmetic Ingredients (EFfCI).
Moving forward, BASF plans additional certifications by 2021 and has already aligned significant parts of its supply chain for the personal care business with the EFfCI GMP standard.
“The personal care market is consumer driven showing a clear trend towards higher quality standards. The consumer demand for personal care products containing safe and high-quality ingredients is increasing steadily,” said Xavier Susterac, Senior Vice President Personal Care Europe.
“This EFfCI GMP certification is crucial for our customers, and therefore a key priority for us. We are determined to keep meeting the highest standards for personal care around the globe.”
What is the EFfCI GMP?
The EFfCI GMP guideline for cosmetic ingredients provides consistent and reliable information to manufacturers of cosmetic and personal care products.
This will help to reduce the number of individual site audits by building trust regarding the implementation of additional quality requirements defined according to EFfCI.
The standard is established and regularly adapted to market needs. EFfCI is a European industry association that was founded in the year 2000 and represents the collective interests of more than 100 manufacturers of cosmetic ingredients in Europe.
The move for compliance by BASF comes as the industry is increasingly looking to assert their supply chains are both sustainable and ethical, in response to ever rising consumer demand.
Indeed, this isn’t the end for BASF: the company plans additional audits to further increase quality and transparency along the value chain.
It follows moves by major industry players in this area: in February last year, for example, consumer goods multinational Unilever announced a new ingredient transparency initiative for its home and personal care brands.