What is IFS HPC? Safety regulations in Cosmetics, personal care products and domestic hygiene



Currently we spend an average of 70 minutes a week to make our purchases at home. It is increasingly common to see consumers in front of the linear studying food labels and checking their ingredients.

We often find these consumers in the butcher, pastry, dairy and any other food section, but how many of us stop to check these labels in the cosmetics, hygiene, cleaning and home accessories section? If you feel identified with the previous question, continue reading this entry, since today you will learn to be able to select these products in a safer way.

Currently there are many products related to cosmetics and hygiene in the market. This range has opened in recent years due to the high demand for this type of products by men and women of all ages, from children to adults. This phenomenon has caused brands to compete to position their products in the market; How ?, you may ask, bombarding our eyes with a multitude of colors, fonts and smells that enter our head and make us reach out and add it to our basket. Pure marketing

Let's give an example; We are in the dairy section, willing to buy a product that we usually consume in our homes, milk. We will look for one that suits our needs (lactose free, enriched in certain minerals, etc.) or even at our age. We look closely at its label and verify that its ingredients adapt to our needs.

Now we are going to the body hygiene section, where we find gel, shampoo or hand soap, products that we use even more often than milk. Which do we choose? For the one that catches our attention according to its name, the images printed on its packaging or its aroma, but we would never look at the label of that product in search of substances harmful to our body.

That is why manufacturers must be able to ensure that the final consumer is acquiring a quality and safe product. Therefore, in 2009, the IFS HPC regulation was created.


what is IFS HPC?

IFS HPC is a standard that aims to audit personal care and home use products along with its manufacturing processes. It belongs to the family of IFS standards, structured in an audit protocol and a strict series of control and risk management points that allow each stage to be carefully controlled throughout the production chain to the final customer, thus guaranteeing quality and safety. of the products.


The IFS HPC standard applies to the following products:


  • Cosmetic products in contact with the skin, such as makeup or shampoo.
  • Products other than cosmetic products that come into contact with the skin, such as towels, blades or compresses.
  • Household chemicals, such as cleaning products that we use at home.
  • Household items that come into contact with the skin, such as cutlery or plastic cups. 


Although awareness of the quality and safety of these products is currently very far from what we have for food, I believe that consumers are moving towards safer consumption and, like a few years ago, look at the label of a food was something unusual, and in spite of it, today it is for many a reflex act; In a short time we will see customers in supermarkets examining hygiene products, cosmetics and household products. 

Although the labels of the aforementioned products are more complicated to understand than those of a food due to the large number of chemical compounds that compose it, we can inform ourselves about which brands comply with this type of regulations and we can ensure that we are buying a Safe product for our personal use. 


Author: Daniel Cataluña Sanz

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