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Are your cleaning products really green?

Are your cleaning products really green?

Dec 1, 2014

In a highly scientific field, the smallest variation in protocol could mean the difference between the manufacturing of a safe, non-toxic green cleaning product and a dangerous, illness causing product. For this reason, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) are utilised by responsible manufacturers to ensure the safety of their products.

GMPs requiremanufactures to conform to guidelines recommended by agencies that control the authorisation and licensing for manufacture of bio-enzyme products, as well as the sale of these products. These guidelines provide minimum requirements that bio-enzyme manufacturers must meet in order to assure that the products are of high quality and do not pose any risk to the consumer or public. Along with good laboratory practices and good clinical practices, GMPs are overseen by regulatory agencies in South Africa –but the enforcement of these principles remains the responsibility of the manufacturers.

Ensuring the safety and quality of green cleaning products is essential to keeping the industry accountable. “It is of utmost importance that strict processes and guidelines are adhered to in order to maintain the integrity of the products being manufactured,” says Chris Kettley, CEO of South African green cleaning manufacturer, Green Worx Cleaning Solutions. “While the total process can be very complicated, there are a few basic principles that can be followed that serve as effective guidelines for safe production.”

These principles include a focus on hygiene. A bio-enzyme manufacturing facility must maintain a clean and hygienic manufacturing area, while controlling environmental conditions, in order to prevent any cross-contamination from occurring and rendering the products unsafe for use.Manufacturing processes must be clearly defined and controlled, while critical processes must be validated to ensure consistency and compliance with specifications.

If manufacturing processes are effectively controlled, changes to the process can be evaluated. Changes that have an impact on the quality of the product can then be validated as necessary. Kettley further confirms that; “It is important to provide instructions and procedures in written format, in clear and unambiguous language to ensure that every person involved in the manufacturing process is aware of what is required and maintains the reliability of the process.” Resultantly, operators should also be trained in order to carry out and document the procedures effectively.

In order to ensure the traceability of the quality of batches of products, detailed manufacturing and distribution records should be maintained in a comprehensible and accessible form. In the event of a contamination, a system must be in place to recall any batch of product from sale or supply. Where complaints about marketed products are received, the causes of quality defects should be investigated and appropriate measures taken to prevent recurrence.

“GMP guidelines are not prescriptive instructions on how to manufacture products. They are a series of general principles that must be observed during manufacturing. It is the company’s responsibility to determine the most effective and efficient quality process,” concludes Kettley. “Unfortunately, where products are diluted, repackaged and sold by resellers, the manufacturer is no longer in control of the stock in order to ensure its safety. It is essential that the entire supply chain follows GMPs to maintain the safety of the bio-enzyme products

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