CTK's Mr. Incredible - Samuel
CTK's Mr. Incredible - Samuel
Quality Control (QC): QC is responsible for inspecting and testing the raw materials, packaging, and finished products to ensure that they meet the required quality standards. QC conducts testing at different stages of the production process to identify any defects or issues that need to be addressed before the products are rleased to the market.
What are the top challenges you and your team face in quality management and regulation?
The requirements for regulating global cosmetics ingredients and the quality of cosmetics manufacturing facilities are becoming increasingly stringent, as highlighted by the string of recent announcements from MoCRA (Modernization of Cosmetics Regulation Act of 2022) in United States to the hygiene permits required by NMPA (National Medical Products Administration) in China. Moreover, the regulatory and quality requirements demanded by distribution channels and brands are also constantly increasing, posing significant challenges for regulatory inspections during the product development phase. In other words, companies that manufacture and distribute cosmetics are facing higher levels of scrutiny and more rigorous quality control standards than ever before.
"As a result, it has become increasingly important for these companies to prioritize compliance and quality throughout the entire manufacturing and distribution processes."
So, what are the measures and protocol we have in place to take on such challenges?
CTK- where we pride ourselves as a global cosmetics company, we understand the importance of staying up to date with the ever-changing regulatory changes in the industry. To tackle these challenges, we partner up with cutting-edge regulatory review platforms and invest heavily in product management platforms that are commonly used in the industry. Through these platforms, CTK is better able to effectively monitor changes in ingredient regulations in different countries, ensuring that its product remains compliant with the latest regulations. Additionally, the regulatory review platform allows CTK to evaluate the impact of regulatory changes on-going and past development and make any necessary adjustments to ensure that continued compliance, safety, and effectiveness of its products into the future.
With years of rich experience in this industry, will you share one of the most memorable QA disaster episodes you been through?
It has to be the cleansing balm disaster. Picture this: you’ve spent countless months developing the perfect cleansing balm, only to find out that it doesn’t hold up during transportation. The trigger was the significant temperature difference between the port of shipment and the Korean weather. The product had a melting point of around 50 ℃, which was not reflected in the packaging. As a result, the content of the cleansing balm melted into a hot mess during transportation, rendering the entire batch unsafe and unsuitable for sales, ultimately leading to the disposal of the batch of products. While an expensive lesson to learn, this episode highlighted the importance of considering every step of the supply chain when developing and manufacturing products. It is not just about creating a good formula with high-quality ingredients – it’s also about ensuring that the product packaging, storage, and transportation are appropriate and fit for the intended destination. CTK has implemented rigorous quality management processes throughout the entire supply chain to avoid such incidents taking place. This includes evaluating the product’s suitability for different climates and ensuring that the packaging can withstand transportation conditions. By prioritizing quality management at every stage of the supply chain, we are confident that we can avoid such disasters and provide clients with high-quality products that meet all requirements and expectations.
How about words of advice - and common beginner's mistakes to avoid for our readers?
I’d like to advise brands to choose partners who are not only capable of producing high-quality products, but who also adhere to lead times and actively respond to any quality issues as and when they arise, for many a times, quality issues doesn’t happen right away during launch but down the road. So, it is extremely important to find partners who can grow alongside the brand, support the brand when needed, and respond quickly to any changes that may be needed. For new brands, I recommend researching and learning the quality and regulatory requirements of the distribution channels where they plan to sell their products before kickstarting product development. Even if the products are of excellent quality, they may not be able to sell if they don’t meet the required quality standards or regulatory requirements of the distribution channel. Many newcomers to the scene waste resources by having to reformulate their products or developing new product lines because they were not fluent in the quality and regulatory requirements of their target market. CTK has a dedicated regulatory review department that can review the regulatory requirements of about 30 countries, regions, and distribution channels. Equipped with our regulatory management platform, we can monitor the latest regulatory changes continuously and we can inform our customers of any changes in advance. For these reasons, I believe CTK can support brands big or small well and be a valuable partner.
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