ISO 22716

ISO22716 Cosmetics – Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) – Guidelines on Good Manufacturing Practices


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ISO 22716 was prepared by Technical Committee ISO/TC 217, Cosmetics.

This corrected version contains, for the sake of clarity, syntactical changes to subclauses and 11.2.


These guidelines are intended to provide guidance regarding Good Manufacturing Practices for cosmetic products. These guidelines have been prepared for consideration by the cosmetic industry and take into account the specific needs of this sector. These guidelines offer organizational and practical advice on the management of the human, technical and administrative factors affecting product quality.

These guidelines have been written to allow them to be used following the flow of products from receipt to shipment. Additionally, in order to clarify the way this document reaches its objectives, a ‘principle’ is added to each major section.

Good Manufacturing Practices constitute the practical development of the quality assurance concept through the description of the plant activities that are based on sound scientific judgement and risk assessments. The objective of these GMP guidelines is to define the activities that enable you to obtain a product that meets defined characteristics.

Documentation is an integral part of Good Manufacturing Practices.


This International Standard gives guidelines for the production, control, storage and shipment of cosmetic products.

These guidelines cover the quality aspects of the product, but as a whole do not cover safety aspects for the personnel engaged in the plant, nor do they cover aspects of protection of the environment. Safety and environmental aspects are inherent responsibilities of the company and could be governed by local legislation and regulation.

These guidelines are not applicable to research and development activities and distribution of finished products.