COVID-19: Advice for the Cosmetics Industry

Page last updated 30 March 2020

In light of the recent outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus), CTPA is making the following advice and resources available to the industry. 

As the situation develops, this page will be updated with new information as it becomes available.  

Hand Sanitisers (Manufacturing/Supplying) 

During these concerning times of COVID-19 virus (Coronavirus), while hand washing with soap and water is the best way to protect yourself from infections like Coronavirus, alcoholic hand gels are also a useful defence.  

Whether you are manufacturing hand gels or hand sanitisers in the UK or importing them from another country, there are strict rules that apply to ensure safety and efficacy. 

Please note, it is a company’s responsibility to determine the classification of their product and comply with the appropriate legislation.  Further information to help you on this is available in the Legal status section.

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Hand Sanitisers (Making at Home) 

The idea of people making their own hand gels is of great concern to us at CTPA and to experts in hygiene. 

Consumers may have seen online discussions and suggestions on how to make a hand sanitiser as a way of helping reduce the spread of Coronavirus.  The idea of people making their own hand gels is of great concern to us at CTPA and to experts in hygiene.  It is extremely important not to make such products at home.  Read more… 

GMP and Hygiene in Manufacturing 

Good hygiene is always a basic requirement of cosmetic production.  Hygiene encompasses plant, process, people, procedures and facilities.  Under GMP, hygiene controls must be in place to ensure that all forms of physical, chemical and microbiological contamination are prevented from entering the product during any stage of manufacturing, storage and distribution.   

There are a number of reference texts on GMP and microbiology that cover the principles and the basic elements of microbiological control, including the following CTPA guidance document: 

Further Advice on COVID-19 

UK Government Advice (including advice for employers)  

National Federation for Self-Employed and Small Businesses  

CBI Coronavirus Support Hub  

CBI Coronavirus: Best Practice for Businesses  

ACAS: Coronavirus: advice for employers and employees 

HM Treasury Help: how to access financial support 

DIT advice for businesses trading internationally

FAQ 

I want to make a hand sanitiser for sale or supply in the UK? Are their rules I need to follow? 

Whether you are manufacturing hand gels or hand sanitisers in the UK or importing them from another country, there are strict rules that apply to ensure safety and efficacy.  See our dedicated page on this topic. 

I am going to be making a hand sanitiser that may be classified as a biocide.  Where can I get help on the Regulations? 

A biocidal product must comply with the EU Biocidal Products Regulation.  This is out of the remit of CTPA, but more information is available from the HSE (Health & Safety Executive) website. 

 

In-store Testers - For Consideration When Shops Re-open

The Responsible Person must ensure GMP is still complied with throughout manufacture, and to testers available in-store for consumer use, to ensure consumer safety.  This should form part of the defined procedures made available in the Product Information File. 

Duty of care should always be taken for in-store testers in order to minimise the risk to the consumers that apply the product. Additionally, there is more than the product to be taken into account but contact of people with the packaging where viable microorganisms might also survive.  

Actions like ensuring that there is a procedure to review or replace testers under measured conditions (considering not only PAO but estimated exposure to air, environment and people), might also help address the particularities of outbreaks or peaks in certain transmissible diseases. It might also highlight the use of disposable applicators as a solution to prevent further microbial transmission.  For particular products, advice from the safety assessor might determine what requirements the product would have under the in-store conditions and any additional considerations to be taken.