The roots of the pharmaceutical industry as we know it today date back to somewhere around 1850, when local drugstores started selling wholesale medication for the first time. Today, it has become not only a giant industry, employing millions of people and generating more than a trillion euros in revenue, but also one of the most regulated ones in the world. And rightly so: with billions of people all over the world using prescription and over the counter drugs on a regular basis, the quality and safety of these medications are vital to the health of the public.
For companies manufacturing cosmetics products, new European legislation has been enforced since July 2013. This means that every cosmetics product has to meet strict safety criteria, including the important ISO 22716 norm. To comply with these criteria, a thorough quality management system (QMS) is crucial.