Nikko Chemicals as First Japanese Company Certified EFfCI GMP Guide for Cosmetic Ingredients

Nikko Chemicals, Tokyo-based major cosmetic ingredients supplier, obtained EFfCI’s Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) certification specified to cosmetic ingredients for the production facilities of its affiliated company, Nihon Surfactant Kogyo in Utsunomiya, Tochigi prefecture.

Nikko Chemicals, Tokyo-based major cosmetic ingredients supplier, obtained EFfCI’s Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) certification specified to cosmetic ingredients for the production facilities of its affiliated company, Nihon Surfactant Kogyo in Utsunomiya, Tochigi prefecture.
EFfCI (The European Federation for Cosmetic Ingredients) with headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, established early 2000s and has developed this GMP Guide, by using the IPEC-POG* GMP for Pharmaceutical Excipients as a reference and adopting ISO 9001:2008 as a framework for the quality management system standard. Furthermore, the GMP includes some additional guidelines which the existing ISO9001:2008 does not cover.

Nihon Surfactant, a cosmetic ingredient manufacturer and a member of Nikkol Group (a group of 7 companies), underwent detailed examinations by SGS, an EFfCI-recognized certifying body, and has been certified as meeting the requirements of EFfCI’s GMP for the manufacture of its major products. This is the first time a Japanese cosmetic ingredients manufacturer obtained this GMP certification. The GMP Guide for cosmetic ingredients is known to have rigorous requirements and Nikko chemicals is the 18th company in the world to gain this certification.
In a certification ceremony held at the headquarters of Nikko Chemicals on Friday, February 28, Shigeru Sekine, president of Nikko Chemicals and Nihon Surfactant, received the certificate from Masahiro Soga, managing director of SGS Japan. (See the photo: Shigeru Sekine (left) and Masahiro Soga (right) with the certificate between them.)

“Nikkol Group is proud of Nihon Surfactant being certified to meet the EFfCI’s GMP Guide because to meet the stringent globally-accepted GMP implies the quality and safety of our major products. It will be of great help for us to inform customers inside and outside of EU that we manufacture quality cosmetic ingredients in a plant comparable to other certified manufactures overseas,” says Shigeru Sekine, president of Nikko Chemicals.

*: IPEC-POG: IPEC and POG is abbreviation of “The International Pharmaceutical Excipients Council” and “The Pharmaceutical Quality Group,” respectively.

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