Personal Care Products Council and SAI Global Create First Industry-Wide Supplier Assessment Program
The Personal Care Products Council (the Council) has partnered with SAI Global to create a voluntary, customized supplier training and assessment program designed to verify cosmetic and personal care products manufacturers and suppliers operate in accordance with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) that promote manufacturing quality excellence.
The “Personal Care Manufacturing Assessment Program (PCMAP)” is based on widely accepted international standards ISO 22716 Cosmetics Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) which provides guidelines relating to the production, control, storage and shipment of cosmetic products. PCMAP is unique in that it also incorporates key elements of ISO 9001 as well as includes multiple risk level categories where suppliers may be evaluated based on the perceived risk level of the product or component provided.
Quality Assurance leaders from across the industry participated in the creation of PCMAP. With the objective to reduce wasteful, redundant auditing, the industry recognizes that assessments based on ISO standards will enable both suppliers and their customers to focus on creating the innovative and effective products consumers demand.
Joanne Nikitakis, Senior Cosmetic Chemist at the Council, is the project leader for PCMAP. Nikitakis explains, “Audit fatigue is a serious issue for personal care manufacturing facilities. These audits cost time and money for both the company being audited and its customers.” PCMAP will help cut down on audit overload and reduce expenses.
“We are excited to be a partner with the Council in the development of this important program. The needs for supplier assessment and quality assurance are unique to this industry. The program that they use to support this effort should reflect this uniqueness, which PCMAP does,” adds Randall Boyle, Vice President Corporate Development – Americas at SAI Global.
SAI Global will launch initial training courses in December 2011 to educate the industry on program elements and to train program auditors. The PCMAP assessments will be piloted this fall with roll out planned for January 2012. The Council is currently recruiting suppliers and facilities to serve in this pilot program. More information on the program can be found at: www.saiglobal.com/pcmap