COVID-19: Advice for the Cosmetics Industry from CTPA

by | Mar 24, 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, their 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.

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: 

For more information visit CTPA website :

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