“We have been working closely with our members to support their efforts over the past several months,” says PCPC President and CEO Lezlee Westine, in her remarks to the press.
“Our hope,” she says, “is that the Hand Sanitizer Ingredient Connection will help expedite production and increase supply of these essential products.”
The PCPC is helping to streamline the hand sanitizer ingredient supply chain
The PCPC Hand Sanitizer Ingredient Connection is a free-to-use platform that the Council “is offering…as a public service….Participants can use the Connection program to publish information about their business needs (what they are seeking or making available) and view a list of other participants whose needs closely match their own, according to material type and quantity,” explains the council’s site.
The site also links visitors to information on the FDA’s current guidelines for hand sanitizer manufacturing. As readers of Cosmetics Design will recall, the agency issued new guidance for manufacturers for alcohol-based hand sanitizer back in March.
Personal care products can make a real difference during the pandemic
“The beauty and personal care industry is demonstrating its extraordinary corporate citizenship in a variety of ways during this crisis,” notes the PCPC on its Hand Sanitizer Ingredient Connection portal page.
And in a news item announcing the initiative, the council points out that member companies boosted hand sanitizer manufacturing capacity at the start of the virus crisis and have collectively donated some 20 million units of sanitizer to hospitals, clinics, medical professionals, and industry workers.
Canada has a resource for hand sanitizer manufacturers too
Trade organizations in Canada banded together on a similar venture—The Hand Sanitizer Manufacturing Exchange—in March.
A joint project of groups including Cosmetics Alliance Canada, Cosmetics and Consumer Specialty Products, and Spirits Canada, the exchange “is intended to only be a temporary measure to assist in connecting manufacturers with suppliers during the course of the current COVID-19 public health emergency,” as a statement posted to the Cosmetics Alliance Canada states.
At its core the exchange is meant to help the personal care industry and allies safely, efficiently, and effectively scale sanitizer production to meet the current need. Read more about The Hand Sanitizer Manufacturing Exchange here on Cosmetics Design.