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
- Good Manufacturing Practice Guidelines/Inspection Checklist
- Draft Guidance for Industry: Good Manufacturing Practice for Cosmetics
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
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.