COSMAX currently holds the most certifications in the cosmetics ODM industry. COSMAX has acquired a wide range of quality assurance certifications, displaying efforts for technical innovations, while satisfying the mandatory requirements of each country, taking the lead in pioneering in overseas markets for overseas entry of its customers. COSMAX will continue to unveil products that satisfy various need of its global customers through specialized certifications ideal for each market.

Starting from the CGMP certification acquired in 1998, COSMAX obtained a range of cosmetics manufacturing and quality assurance certifications including: ISO 22716 (international cosmetics GMP), ISO 9001 (quality management), ISO 14001 (environmental management) OHSAH 18001 (health and safety management), and ECO-CERT (organic cosmetics certification). Subsequently, COSMAX passed screening for cosmetics and over-the-counter (OTC) registration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and Health Canada. Addition,ally the company also acquired MUI certification from one of the three major international Halal certifications, as well as vegan cosmetics production certification from EVE, a French certification agency, thereby delivering a company presence with of top quality, capable of satisfiing the mandatory requirements of each country. Furthermore, the company preserves and manages the finest global quality system through periodic audits in cooperation with global companies such as L'Oréal, Johnson & Johnson and Mary Kay.

  • CERTIFICATIONS
  • CGMP COSMETIC GOOD MANUFACTURING PRACTICE

    CGMP

    CGMP guidelines stipulate matters required for the evaluation, designation and follow-up management of cosmetics manufacturing, quality management for cosmetics manufacturers, and CGMP certification, given to factories that establish and operate production facilities in accordance with the latest CGMP certification of the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety. COSMAX acquired CGMP certification in 1998. 

    • Standards for the manufacturing and quality management of excellent cosmetics

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  • FDA OTC FDA Over The Counter

    FDA OTC

    OTC products refer to over-the-counter drugs sold directly to customers without a prescription from a health care professional. If a cosmetic product is classified as OTC, it must be registered with the U.S. FDA, and pass the stringent approval procedures that apply to medical supplies. In general, sun products that are sold in economically advanced economies such as the United States are classified as over-the-counter drugs, rather than cosmetic products. Additionally, OTC products are classified as cosmetics are also considered as quasi-drugs, which require both to satisfy the cosmetics regulations and quasi-drug regulations to be sold. COSMAX satisfied the regulations on OTC products imposed by the U.S. FDA for the first time in Korea, finally being able to offer safe cosmetics to its consumers around the world. 

    • Over-the-counter drugs sold directly to customers without a prescription from a health care professional
    • Satisfied regulations on OTC products imposed by the U.S. FDA in 2015, for the first time in Korea

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  • Health Canada OTC Health Canada Over The Counter

    Health Canada OTC

    In general, to export cosmetics and OTC drugs to Canada, products must pass the standards of Health Canada on the stability and effects. The standards pose a higher entry barrier than the standards of the U.S. FDA, mandating products to undergo a strict screening procedure. COSMAX acquired the industry’s first certification on the manufacturing of cosmetics, and OTC drugs from Health Canada, finally being able to provide safe cosmetics to consumers throughout the world.

    • Standards on the stability and effects imposed by Health Canada for the company to export cosmetics and OTC drugs to Canada.
    • The first in the industry to acquired cosmetics and OTC manufacturing certifications from Health Canada.

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  • ISO 9001

    ISO 9001

    ISO 9001 is an international standard certification related to quality management, which COSMAX acquired in 2000, a first in the cosmetics ODM/OEM industry. This certification proves that the products provided to customers satisfy their requests and that they are subject to continuous management.

    • International standards certification related to the quality management
    • The first company to acquire the certification in the history of cosmetics ODM/OEM industry in 2000

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  • ISO 14001

    ISO 14001

    ISO 14001 is an international standard that certifies the pursuit of environmental management. In 2005, COSMAX acquired ISO 14001 that guarantees the environmental management capacity in product manufacturing. To achieve environmental management, the company will prescribe organizations, procedures, etc., to establish a systematic management system through efficient distribution of material resources, and continue to achieve environmental improvements.

    • International standard that certifies the pursuit of environmental management

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  • ISO 22716

    ISO 22716

    This is an international standard on GMP (good manufacturing practice) for cosmetics. It is an essential element for exportation as manufacturing standards for quality and safety assured products. This certification allows the company to secure trust by complying with a total of 17 matters about the production of cosmetics while, at the same time, observing the requirements of the international society.

    • International standard on GMP(good manufacturing practice) for cosmetics

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  • OHSAS 18001

    OHSAS 18001

    This is an international standard used to demonstrate that the working conditions and health systems of a workplace satisfy international standards. COSMAX was able to acquire the certification in September 2007 as the first company to do so in the history of domestic cosmetics industry. In particular, it is an essential certification to enter into the overseas markets such as Europe and the United States.

    • International standard that is used to satisfy the demonstration of professional working conditions and health systems of a workplace
    • The first company to acquire the certification in the domestic cosmetics industry in 2007

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  • COSMOS(ECOCERT)

    COSMOS(ECOCERT)

    This implies an organic certification organization that conducts tests per Organic Quality Management Regulations under the laws of the European Union (EU) and manages organic certifications through annual reexamination as to whether agricultural products and their processed goods observe organic regulations, as well as the organic certification granted by this organization. This certification is internationally recognized, not just in Europe. COSMAX was the first company to acquire ECOCERT certification in the history of the ODM industry, as well as develop and manufacture various organic cosmetic products.

    • Organic certification pursuant to the Organic Quality Management Regulation under the laws of the European Union (EU)
    • The first company to acquired ECOCERT certification in the history of ODM industry

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  • MUI Majelis Ulama Indonesia

    MUI

    MUI (MUI·MAJELIS ULAMA INDONESIA), one of the three major Halal certification agencies in the world has public confidence and provides certifications that are recognized in over 40 countries worldwide. Halal is an Arabic word that translates to “permissible” in English under the religious text of Islam, which is permitted for consumption by Muslims. In 2016, COSMAX Indonesia acquired the certification from MUI , the first company to achieve this in the history of the ODM industry in Korea. This certification is mandatory to enter into the Halal market, and although the production requires complicated procedures, it allows cosmetics companies to secure female Muslim customers, who have difficulties using the general cosmetic products, as loyal consumers.

    • Products that can be used and consumed by Muslims guaranteed by MUI, one of the three major Halal certification agencies in the world.
    • The first company to acquire the certification in the history of domestic cosmetics industry in 2016

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  • International fair trade FAIRTRADE@WORK

    International fair trade

    This certificate is awarded by Fairtrade International(FLO) to companies that meet their requirements by encouraging the use of fair trade certified products in lounges, cafeterias, and canteens, while practicing social contribution through such establishments. COSMAX was the first company in the history of the cosmetics industry in Korea to acquire this certification in 2018. The company has announced a commissioned general manager to run the program through the consumption of fair trade products.

    • Encourages the use of fair trade certified products, granted to companies that practice social contribution through such means
    • The first company to acquire in the history of domestic cosmetics industry in 2018

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  • PATENT STATUS
  • Patent application · Registration status / Application as of January 28, 2019.

    • Application
    • Registration
    • 350 cases
    • 138 cases
  • PAPER PUBLICATION
      • 2018
        • Epidermidibacterium keratini gen. nov., sp. nov., a member of the family Sporichthyaceae, isolated from keratin epidermis [International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology] / January
        • Enhanced Near-Infrared Shielding and Light Scattering Using Surface-Roughened Hybrid Hollow Microparticles Synthesized with Polymer and TiO2@Al(OH)3 [Particle&particle systems characterization] / May
        • Monolayer and Bilayer Structures of Mixtures of Ceramide lllb and c16-Alkyl Glucosides [Bulletin of the Korean Chemical Society] / July
        • Tannin–Titanium Oxide Multilayer as a Photochemically Suppressed Ultraviolet Filter [Applied Materials & Interfaces] / October
      • 2017
        • Polyphenol-rich apple extract inhibits dexamethasone-induced sebaceous lipids production by regulating SREBP1 expression [Experimental Dermatology] / February
        • Use of ethanol extracts of Terminalia chebula to prevent periodontal disease induced by dental plaque bacteria [BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine] / February
        • Makeup Cleansing Formulation with Lamellar Liquid Crystal Phase [Korean Journal of Dermatology] / March
        • Cannabidiol upregulates melanogenesis through CB1 dependent pathway by activating p38 MAPK and p42/44 MAPK [Chemico-Biological Interactions] / June
        • Novel Sporichthyaceae Bacterium Strain K-07 Skin Barrier, Moisturizing and Anti-inflammatory Activity [Korean Journal of Dermatology] / June
        • Ultraviolet-and infrared-induced 11 beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 1 activating skin photoaging is inhibited by red ginseng extract [Photodermatology, Photoimmunology & Photomedicine] / August
        • Bioinspired Synthesis of Mesoporous Gold-silica Hybrid Microspheres as Recyclable Colloidal SERS Substrates [Scientific Reports] / November
      • 2016
        • A study of facial wrinkles improvement effect of veratric acid from cauliflower mushroom through photo-protective mechanisms against UVB irradiation [Archives of Dermatological Research] / February
        • A study of facial wrinkles improvement effect of veratric acid from cauliflower mushroom through photo-protective mechanisms against UVB irradiation [Archives of Dermatological Research] / February
        • Emodin isolated from Polygoni Multiflori Ramulus inhibits melanogenesis through the Liver X receptor-mediated pathway [Chemico-Biological Interactions] / March
        • A Study of Stabilization for Insoluble Active Ingredients Using Swollen Micelles [Korean Journal of Dermatology] / March
        • A Study of Skin Reflectance Using Kubelka-Munk Model [Korean Journal of Dermatology] / March
        • Sclareol isolated from Salvia officinalis improves facial wrinkles via an anti-photoaging mechanism [Journal of Dermatological Science] / May
        • Relationship between liquid crystalline phase stability and ingredient composition in liquid crystal oil–water emulsion [Liquid Crystals] / May
        • Afzelin positively regulates melanogenesis through the p38 MAPK pathway [Chemico-Biological Interactions] / June
        • Relievable Effect of Alpinetin on Dexamethasone-Induced Skin Aging [Korean Journal of Dermatology] / June
        • Temperature Sensitive Hydrogel for Skin Moisturization [BULLETIN OF THE KOREAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY] / August
        • Relievable Effect of Alpinetin on Dexamethasone-Induced Skin Aging [Korean Journal of Dermatology] / June
        • Sclareol isolated from Salvia officinalis improves facial wrinkles via an anti-photoaging mechanism [Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology] / July
        • Structure Analysis of Liquid Crystal Emulsions Using X-ray Scattering Analysis[Korean Journal of Dermatology] / September
      • 2015
        • Metal oxide-coating PMMA or Talc as a new IR blocker inhibits IR-induced decrease of collagens in human dermal fibroblasts [International Journal of Cosmetic Science] / February
        • Fractionated Trapa japonica Extracts Inhibit ROS-induced Skin Inflammation in HaCaT keratinocytes [Korean Journal of Dermatology] / March
        • Fractionated Trapa japonica Extracts Inhibit ROS-induced Skin Inflammation in HaCaT keratinocytes [Korean Journal of Dermatology] / March
        • A Study for Preparation of Nano Ethosome Loaded with Resveratrol [Korean Journal of Dermatology] / June
        • Efficient dermal delivery of retinyl palmitate: Progressive polarimetry [European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences] / July
        • Effects of Liquid Crystal-Based Formulation on Transdermal Delivery of Retinyl Palmitate and Proliferation of Epidermal Cells [Macromolecular Research] / November
        • Inhibitory Effect of Rosa multiflora hip Extract on UVB-induced Skin Photoaging in Hs68 Fibroblasts [Korean Journal of Dermatology] / December
        • A Study on Preparation of Water in Oil in Water (W1/O/W2) Emulsion Containing Titrated Extract of Centella asiatic [Korean Journal of Dermatology] / December
        • Inhibitory Effect of Rosa multiflora hip Extract on UVB-induced Skin Photoaging in Hs68 Fibroblasts [Korean Journal of Dermatology] / December
      • 2014
        • Anti-Inflammatory Effects of the Mixture of Sorbus commixta, Urtica dioica, Phyllostachysnigra, and Rhus semialata Gall Extracts on LPS-induced Inflammation in HaCaT Cells [Korean Journal of Dermatology] / April
        • The Effects of Peroxisome Proliferator Activated Receptor α (PPARα) Activator on Patients with Facial Erythema [Korean Journal of Dermatology] / September
        • Inhibitory Effect of Fractionated Trapa Japonica Extracts on UVB-induced Skin Photoaging [Korean Journal of Dermatology] / December
      • 2013
        • Antagonist effects of veratric acid against UVB-induced cell damages [Molecules] / May