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Clariant Achieves Global ISO 22710, GMP


MUTTENZ, Switerland—Clariant achieved global ISO 22716 Cosmetics good manufacturing practice (GMP) certification for its global management system. The accomplishment reinforces Clariant’s commitment to be a leading partner for the personal care industry, guaranteeing globally consistent products and processes to support more efficient product development by customers.

Clariant’s accreditation follows a 10-month-long process, involving several hundred employees, to initiate the cosmetics GMP across its business. The standardization of production, quality control, warehouse and logistic procedures assures worldwide consistent processes, product quality and availability, and services to Clariant’s customers at a local level.

By attaining ISO 22716, Clariant’s processes also fulfill European guidelines for cosmetics production.

Currently four of Clariant’s cosmetics ingredients production sites are endorsed within the certification—Gendorf (Germany); Mount Holly West, N.C. (USA); Suzano (Brazil); and Zhenjiang (PR China). Clariant will be actively pursuing official approval for the remainder of its plants serving the personal care sector during 2012 and 2013.

“We are proud to have achieved the global cosmetics GMP certification; a further milestone in our strategy for the Personal Care segment," comments Ralf Zerrer, head of strategic marketing of Clariant’s Business Unit Industrial and Consumer Specialties. “However, it is more than just an indication of process quality. With this certification we become a stronger link in our customers’ value chain. They can rely on Clariant to offer the transparency and consistency they need to increase their speed to market for existing and new cosmetics formulations."

Implementing a system to guarantee globally harmonized products and processes for the personal care industry is a key element within the strategic repositioning of Clariant’s Personal Care Business. As part of this repositioning, Clariant has entered into bolt-on acquisitions and partnerships with industry players such as KitoZyme and Oberhausen Technology Center. Clariant will continue to look into similar opportunities to further enhance its capabilities and to transform new sustainable and innovative technologies into cost-efficient consumer products.

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