How to achieve an ISO 22716 Certification?

The introduction of ISO 22716 pioneers a globally recognised quality and safety standard for cosmetic products. An increasing number of cosmetics organisations are obtaining an ISO 22716 certification to comply with the European cosmetics regulations which came into effect in 2013. The standard has effectively replaced existing guidance and standards, and as such, regulators in several countries and regions have adopted this standard.

What is an ISO 22716 certification?

An ISO 22716 certification gives quality and safety guidelines for the production, control, storage and shipment of cosmetic products.

The standard specifies requirements for a quality management system specifically for the cosmetics industry. Incorporating a risk assessment-based approach, ISO 22716 helps to define effective risk and quality management, thus ensuring high quality and lower risk supply chain operations.

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published ISO 22716 to deal with all aspects of the supply chain of cosmetic products, from the early delivery of raw materials and components until the shipment of the final product to the consumer. As a business improvement tool ISO 22716 is complementary to ISO 9001 and can be used as a vehicle to drive continuous improvement.


Who does the ISO 22716 certification standard apply to?

  • Manufacturers of cosmetic products and suppliers of cosmetic ingredients.
  • Retailers, brand holders and wholesalers of cosmetic products.
  • Those responsible for packaging, testing, storage, and transportation of cosmetic finished products.

What are the benefits of an ISO 22716 certification?

  • Demonstrates credibility, trust and confidence to stakeholders.
  • Enables organisations to meet global consumer demand for cosmetic product quality and safety certification.
  • Supports compliance with the legally enforceable Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009 which represents a common European code of law for cosmetics companies.
  • Business improvement tool to continuously improve business operations.
  • Effective framework for risk management principles and practices.


How can ISO 22716 Certification help win more Tenders?

Within the cosmetics industry, ISO 22716 certification is now a very common demand during the PQQ (Pre-Qualifying Questionnaire) stage of the tendering process.

It can be challenging to successfully structure, format, and communicate in your tendering application document how your company manages its production, control, storage and shipment of cosmetic products.

Achieving ISO 22716 Certification means your business will now have a well-documented management system that has been implemented and executed. Having these policies and procedures in place now means that the majority of the responses to tendering questions will be easily accessible.


ISO 22716 and the Sustainable Development Goals

The world is facing a crisis: poverty, hunger, inequality and climate change are just some of the issues we need to address.

In 2015, world leaders came together to create 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) which aim to tackle these issues, to build a better world by 2030.

ISO 22716 can be used to meet the following goals  


How we can help

Blackmores specialise in helping you to implement and maintain your ISO 22716 GMP Management System across London, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, and UK-wide. We can also assist with international locations, having experience of working in 27 other countries.

  • Conduct an ISO 22716 Gap Analysis – To help establish your strengths and weaknesses.
  • ISO 22716 E-learning – Learn at your own pace with our online courses via the isologyhub.
  • ISO 22716 isologists® – We have a skilled team of consultants to help you implement a Cosmetics Best Practice Management System. From London to the UAE, we have experience working internationally across many sectors.
  • Internal Audits – We can help you to plan and conduct Internal Audits to verify your compliance with ISO 22716.
  • On-Site Support – We can provide support during External Audits carried out by Certification Bodies.
  • Request a quote for Certification – We can send a request for a quote to 3 UKAS certified Certification Bodies on your behalf. This is done free of charge on request.

If you need assistance with ISO 22716, simply Contact Us.


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