Cleaning Protocols for Filling Machines

Is there a general industry-wide protocol for the approached chemicals used in cleaning filling machines used for products such as hair conditioners and shampoo.

Particularly interested in the cleaning solutions used.

Thanks.
Dr. Mike Thair
Cofounder & Chief Formulator
Indochine Natural

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  • MicroformulationMicroformulation Member, Professional Chemist
    I am not aware of an Industry-wide protocol.

    When we developed SOP's for our QA/QC programs, we used the manuals that were supplied by the manufacturers. They will endorse a specific type (not brand) in their instructions. We would craft our SOP's using their guidelines and cite the manual as a reference in the SOP.

    Now, if you are seeking to meet many Organic and "Natural" Certifications, you may be tasked to develop an "Organic Material Handling Program", a document to augment your SOP's. It's goal is to put in place policies and procedures that ensure that organic materials maintain their integrity throughout the handling of the material, from receipt of the material all the way to shipping of the finished goods. If this is the case, you will define appropriate and approved cleaning solutions allowed to be used in organic processing. You will also define Organic Pest Control measures. In all honesty, these programs are not hard to implement, as the certifying body usually provides a great deal of Guidance and even sample documents for the design of these programs.

    I hope that answered your question.
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  • BobzchemistBobzchemist Member, PCF student
    For cleaning, we were directed to only use Alcanox products by our FDA compliance consultant. https://alconox.com/
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  • MicroformulationMicroformulation Member, Professional Chemist
    edited February 2017
    In many cases, our manuals referenced Alconox as one of the preferred agents but also endorsed other similar products.

    markfuller@microformulation.com Microformulation.com Microformulation Cosmetic Consulting provides Custom Formulations for both large Commercial accounts as well as smaller entrepreneurs. We can provide Naturally compliant Formulations under the NSF, NPA, Whole Foods and USDA Organic Certifications. BS.Pharm Albany College of Pharmacy, Union University.
  • Thanks for the responses....very useful.
    Dr. Mike Thair
    Cofounder & Chief Formulator
    Indochine Natural
  • Interesting points @Microformulation. I did not think that Alconox was particularly "organic."  How does an "Organic Material Handling Program" protocol get around this?

    Thanks
    Dr. Mike Thair
    Cofounder & Chief Formulator
    Indochine Natural
  • MicroformulationMicroformulation Member, Professional Chemist
    We had to find alternatives to the Alconox as it was not allowed under the Organic Handling Program.
    markfuller@microformulation.com Microformulation.com Microformulation Cosmetic Consulting provides Custom Formulations for both large Commercial accounts as well as smaller entrepreneurs. We can provide Naturally compliant Formulations under the NSF, NPA, Whole Foods and USDA Organic Certifications. BS.Pharm Albany College of Pharmacy, Union University.
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