Susan Knops

Company Director & Regulatory and Quality Advisor, Codibel, Belgium

Qualification: Bachelor’s degree in Applied Biochemistry, option Cosmetology and Perfumery

I have 40 years’ experience in the cosmetics industry, working my way up within the family business, Codibel,  a Belgian SME manufacturer of cosmetics and medical devices, of which I am now a Company Director.

My main achievements range from formulating cosmetic products, setting up and overseeing a quality control lab, putting good manufacturing practices in place, cosmetic PIF management, regulatory monitoring, overseeing production… purchasing…ERP implementation…  As in any typical SME, management is obliged to wear many hats!

From 2010 to 2022, I held the position of Quality Assurance Manager for Codibel, which involved setting up and maintaining a quality system for our manufacturing facility in conformity with ISO 22716 for cosmetics and ISO 13485 for medical devices.  During this period, Codibel successfully passed over 30 external audits including customer audits, notified body audits, FDA, Ecocert, etc…., with no interruptions in certification.

More recently, I have overseen and contributed to the compilation of the Technical Documentation for a substance-based Medical Device class IIa, in conformity with MDR, for submission to a notified body.

As a long-standing member of the “Cosmetic Products Commission” within Detic, (the Belgian and Luxembourg association for producers and distributors of cosmetics, cleaning and maintenance products, adhesives, sealants, biocides and aerosols), I have closely followed the evolution of the cosmetics legislation starting with the Cosmetics Directive 76/768/EEC up to the current consolidated version of the Cosmetics Regulation EC 1223/2009, and the ongoing discussions concerning its revision.

I am currently a member of the company Board of Directors of Codibel, providing regulatory and quality support to Codibel and affiliates.   Soon to ‘officially’ retire in August 2023.