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Geneva, Switzerland, 23 July 2009 – The importance of protecting and enhancing the safety and quality of cosmetics products cannot be overstated. As such, the European Federation for Cosmetic Ingredients (EFfCI), the European Trade Association for the cosmetics industry, has developed a set of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) guidelines for use in the industry. These GMP guidelines will help both EFfCI members, and others within the industry, ensure the highest standards of quality and safety for ingredients used in cosmetics products as well as in the industry’s manufacturing processes. SGS – the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company – has entered into a long-term partnership agreement with EFfCI to audit and certify member compliance with these GMP guidelines.

“This new quality guidance, based upon the principles of Good Manufacturing Practices, will benefit the Cosmetic Ingredients Manufacturing industry by enhancing the quality of cosmetic products for consumers,” said Dr. Peter Ungeheuer, Secretary General of EFfCI.

Under the long-term agreement between SGS and EFfCI, which was signed at the end of June, SGS will offer the possibility of Cosmetics GMP certification, based on EFfCI’s GMP guidelines, to the members of EFfCI as well as to non-members who want to manage and improve the quality and safety of their cosmetics products.

“As the complexity of local and international regulation of the cosmetics industry increases, it is becoming even more crucial that manufacturers and their extended supply chains are in compliance with all applicable Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) that apply to their products,” said Dr. Eize de Boer, Global Manager for Life Science Auditing at SGS. “Manufacturers who have certified their manufacturing operations through these new GMP guidelines from EFfCI will be able to export their products into other regions more easily. This goes equally for manufacturers of cosmetic ingredients as well as finished products,” he continued.

Good Manufacturing Practices offer a solid foundation for ensuring quality and safety and enables manufacturers, suppliers, retailers and wholesalers to minimize or eliminate incidents of contaminations, mix-ups and other errors by controlling all the components that can affect product quality. For more information, please visit SGS Cosmetics GMP Audits or the EFfCI Website.

About SGS

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 55,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,000 offices and laboratories around the world. SGS can provide manufacturers, distributors and suppliers of cosmetics products all over the world with solutions in all aspects of product quality assurance and quality control. To learn more, visit SGS Cosmetics GMP Audits.

About EFfCI

The European Federation for Cosmetic Ingredients (EFfCI) is a European Trade Association that represents the manufacturers of chemical and natural ingredients for the cosmetics industry. Established in 2000, EFfCI advocates the collective interests of more than 100 cosmetic ingredients companies in Europe. EFfCI membership is open to companies and national associations that represent cosmetic ingredients manufacturers. For more information, visit the EFfCI Website.

For further information, please contact:

Outi Helena Maatta

SGS SA
1 place des Alpes
CH-1211 Geneva, Switzerland
t: +41 22 739 9161
m: +41 79 251 8218
Website: www.sgs.com

Dr. Peter Ungeheuer

EFfCI
29 Boulevard Louis Schmidt
B-1040 Brussels, Belgium
t: +49 69 25 56 13.41
f: +49 69 25 56 13 42
Website: www.effci.org

About SGS

The SGS Group is the global leader and innovator in inspection, verification, testing and certification services. Founded in 1878, SGS is recognized as the global benchmark in quality and integrity. With more than 55,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,000 offices and laboratories around the world.