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Personal Care Products Council and SAI Global Create First Industry-Wide Supplier Assessment Program

For Immediate Release: 
October 26, 2011

Contact: Maiya Dacey (202) 454-0316

WASHINGTON, D.C. –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: 
About the Personal Care Products Council: 
Based in Washington, D.C., the Personal Care Products Council is the leading national trade association representing the global cosmetic and personal care products industry. Founded in 1894, the Council represents more than 600 member companies that manufacture, distribute, and supply the vast majority of finished personal care products marketed in the U.S.  As the makers of a diverse range of products millions of consumers rely on every day, from sunscreens, toothpaste and shampoo to moisturizer, lipstick and fragrance, personal care products companies are global leaders committed to product safety, quality and innovation.
About SAI Global:
SAI Global helps organizations manage risk, achieve certification and drive improvement by providing training, registration audits, and supplier management programs that can improve business performance. With more than 800 auditors and 24,000 registrations worldwide, the company is a global leader committed to exceptional customer service and advancing business excellence. 
SAI Global is focused not only on evaluating business practices against a standard, but also on understanding how compliance with those standards can improve the operations of our customers. SAI Global auditors are industry veterans with years of experience in the sectors they serve, enabling them to interpret the standards precisely.
SAI Global Training and Improvement Solutions specializes in offering a range of innovative learning approaches and tool-based solutions to enable both individuals and organizations to achieve key objectives.