North America holds over 25% of the worldwide cosmetics market. The term incorporates skincare, hair care, make-up, perfumes, toiletries, deodorants, and oral cosmetics. Globally, the cosmetic product market is expected to reach a market value of $805 billion by 2023.The FDA regulates cosmetic products, which are subject to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) and the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA).The FD&C Act states a cosmetic is “adulterated” if:

  • “It bears or contains any poisonous or deleterious substance which may render it injurious to users under the conditions of use prescribed in the labeling thereof, or under conditions of use as are customary and usual”
  • “It consists in whole or in part of any filthy, putrid, or decomposed substance”
  • “It has been prepared, packed, or held under insanitary conditions whereby it may have become contaminated with filth, or whereby it may have been rendered injurious to health”

The FDA lists how cosmetics may become contaminated with unsafe microorganisms (fungi or bacteria):

  • Contaminated water, raw materials, or other ingredients
  • Ingredients that encourage growth of microorganisms, without an effective preservative system
  • Poor manufacturing conditions
  • Packaging that doesn’t properly protect a product
  • Consumer use, such as dipping fingers into the product
  • Inadequate shipping or storage conditions

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Sanitary processing is therefore necessary to comply with these regulations and ensure adherence to stringent Health and Safety standards.


Highland Equipment has built sanitary processing systems for:

  • Lipstick and Mascara
  • Hand Soaps
  • Lotions
  • Shampoos
  • Cologne

Our sanitary systems adhere to the following industry standards: TSSA, National Board, CSA B51, ASME Section VIII Div 1 Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, ASME ‘U’ Stamp and ASME B31.1 and B31.3 – Power and Process Piping Code.

Sanitary Processing Experts

Highland Equipment builds complete process systems following industry sanitary standards such as ASME BPE, GMP and 3A. We use our own depth of professional knowledge and years of practical experience to provide cosmetics producers assurance our equipment will comply with their stringent industry regulations for Health and Safety and sanitary manufacturing processes.

Highland Equipment designs and builds complete CIP systems that provide our customers the ability to add the benefits of clean-in-place (CIP) technology into their product manufacturing processes. Clean-in-place systems are designed to use a mix of cleaning and sanitizing chemicals, heat, and water to thoroughly cleanse process pipes, vessels, and machinery “in place.” Cleaning “in place” benefits cosmetic manufacturers by removing the risk of re-contaminating equipment during reassembly after “out of place” cleaning as well as from the additional costs in time and labor associated with “out of place” cleaning.

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A Leader in Cosmetics Processing Equipment

Our world-class orbital welding and stainless-steel fabrication, combined with our design expertise with a strong focus on sanitary design, make Highland Equipment the perfect partner for your cosmetic manufacturing project.

Highland Equipment offers end-to-end project management, from equipment design and manufacturing to system integration, installation, and ongoing technical support. Our team works closely with customers to develop cost-effective solutions that can meet even the most challenging application-specific requirements, and all equipment is designed to comply with relevant codes and standards.

Contact us to talk to an expert on sanitary systems and their application in the cosmetics industry.