Ithos’ Content Management System to Maintain Cosmetic Regulatory Guidelines for Zotos International

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Ithos will be managing cosmetic regulatory assessments to strengthen compliance, mitigate risk, and enhance operational efficiencies

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Zotos can easily see which jurisdiction is restricting their products from being distributed, and can quickly identify which raw materials in the formulation must be modified to reach a given market.

Ithos is managing cosmetic regulatory guidelines for Zotos International, a division of Shiseido, adding increased operational efficiencies with the implementation of a single system that rapidly screens raw materials against international cosmetic regulatory restrictions.

Working with the R&D and Regulatory personnel at Zotos, Ithos’ Web Discovery integrates the raw materials used in Zotos’ cosmetic products with global restrictions on ingredients regulated by multiple jurisdictions. Because these cosmetics are distributed in various geographic regions such as Europe, North America, and Asia, it is critical for Zotos to know how their substances are affected by each jurisdiction.

The cosmetic and beauty industry is a heavily regulated market, as the raw materials that make up the products have the potential to cause harm when applied to the hair and skin. In an effort to protect their population, each jurisdiction has its own set of cosmetic safety regulations. These guidelines tell manufacturers whether their products are permitted for use, and how much of a given substance can be included in the formulation.

Ensuring personal safety is an important driving force in the production of Zotos products. Missing regulatory restrictions is a common experience that can potentially damage a company’s global reputation. Cosmetic manufacturers consequently spend large amounts of time accessing these regulations and then identifying which region will not allow them to market their current product offering.

Ithos’ Content Management solution allows the firm to screen products for international compliance without exhausting their limited supply of resources. Zotos can easily see which jurisdiction is restricting their products from being distributed, and can quickly identify which raw materials in the formulation must be modified to reach a given market.

Zotos agrees that using Ithos’ robust library of cosmetic regulatory guidelines and advanced technologies will boost their 2012 operating efficiencies, and provide a valuable tool in product restaging assignments. To ensure that Zotos has access to the most current cosmetic safety guidelines available, Ithos will make updates to their regulatory content on a quarterly basis. At the moment, Ithos provides Zotos with guidelines to over 10 jurisdictions and 18 countries.

Ithos is helping cosmetic manufacturers reduce the time and money allocated towards achieving international quality and compliance. By applying their advanced search and information retrieval technologies, the New York-based content management firm develops and installs premier solutions that enhance operational efficiencies in a new era of quality, risk and compliance management.

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