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Personal Care Products Council Announces Launch of the Personal Care Manufacturing Assessment Program (PCMAP)--Association Demonstrates Industry’s Continued Commitment to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs)

For Immediate Release: 
April 9, 2014

CONTACT:    Hayley McConnell, (202) 454-0302 or Maiya Dacey, (202) 454-0316

Washington, D.C.The Personal Care Products Council (the Council) is pleased to announce the launch of a unique program specifically designed to assess the manufacturing processes for cosmetics and personal care products.   The Personal Care Manufacturing Assessment Program (PCMAP) was developed by the Council in partnership with SAI Global, an independent organization which provides conformity assessments for driving business improvement.  PCMAP offers the industry a unique tool to verify GMP conformance and a means for qualifying supplier capability.  

The new, voluntary program demonstrates industry’s continued adherence to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs).  Based on ISO 22716, the program covers quality aspects relating to production, control, storage and shipment of cosmetic products, ingredients or packaging components with the objective of meeting defined specifications at all stages of product development.

PCMAP is a diverse program.  Six categories have been created to provide assessment guidelines to the characteristics of the following business groups:

Category 1 - Manufacturer of Over the Counter (OTC) Drug Products

Category 2 - Manufacturer of Cosmetic Products

Category 3 - Manufacturer of Active Ingredients

Category 4 - Manufacturer of Excipients

Category 5 - Manufacturer of Cosmetic Ingredients

Category 6 - Manufacturer of Packaging Components

A PCMAP white paper is now available on the Council’s website which describes how the program works.  PCMAP is the result of a collaborative effort to manage supply chain integrity led by a working group within the Council’s Quality Assurance Committee.


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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’s more than 600 member companies 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.