It’s a question that comes up every time a new product is developed: how do I choose the right manufacturer? The answer could well be, how do I choose the right manufacturer for my project?

Choosing the right manufacturer is a painstaking task that requires expertise!

The first step is to check the laboratory’s qualifications. Does it have the right authorisations (according to the regulations in force in the country of marketing and manufacturing, if different) and are they still valid? If not, there’s no point in going any further.

What manufacturer qualifications does my project require?

First of all, each stage of a manufacturing project must be controlled to ensure that the final product meets quality requirements.
Depending on the regulatory status of the desired product, only a manufacturer accredited to produce products with this status will be able to intervene. So, for example, a cosmetics manufacturer can’t produce food supplements on the basis of its “cosmetics” certification.

Has the manufacturer the right size for my project?

Check their production capacity! You need to be sure that the manufacturer has the production capacity to meet your needs in terms of quantity. A manufacturer with a large industrial capacity is not designed to produce small quantities.

Does the production capacity allow you to make the product you want?

Take time to discuss your needs and expectations with the laboratory and make sure that your objectives are clearly understood. If necessary, you can also assess the costs of modifying the available industrial equipment.

On the basis of what parameters will the manufacturer release the production batch? Who will be responsible for marketing the product?

Very often too, the manufacturer and the brand must clearly establish their respective responsibilities. A manufacturer's role is to produce your product in accordance with good manufacturing practice. It does not replace your responsibility for marketing the brand. Just because a product is of high quality does not mean that it complies with the legislation of the country in which it is marketed.

As regards the parameters for releasing the batch, it is up to the brand to establish these with the manufacturer. Here again, the manufacturer cannot know your quality or regulatory requirements for you.

What services are provided by the manufacturer?

Is the cost of analyses included, as well as that of the regulatory files?

The cost price is another point that needs to be clarified. What does it include?
Are development costs included? For example, does it include the cost of storing pallets between production runs? Is the cost of analyses or regulatory files taken into account? These questions need to be raised.

CONCLUSION: Choosing the right manufacturer requires a quality assessment

By following a rigorous testing protocol, brands can guarantee that their products are of the highest quality. From formulation to overall safety assessment and efficacy testing, each stage plays an important role in bringing safe and effective products to market.
When marketing a beauty or wellness product, don't forget that the right manufacturer is the one who can adapt to your brand, so that you can meet your marketing responsibilities.

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