Cosmetics Packaging

Developing AQL standards for cosmetic packaging is the trick to ensuring proper quality control of your cosmetic packaging. In this blog post, we’ll discuss a few tips & tricks on how to properly control the quality of your products.

What is an AQL standard?

AQL stands for Acceptable Quality Limit and is the standard by which quality controllers measure each product; any product that falls outside the acceptable range is rejected for quality control purposes and cannot be used.

There are different types of AQL levels used by some of the inspection company in China, and you can decide which level is appropriate for your organization. Defects are also categorized as minor, critical, and fatal. This allows you to identify weaknesses that can be corrected and those that need to be stopped immediately. Different companies have different risk thresholds, so you should take the appropriate approach for your industry.

Why do you need quality control for cosmetics packaging?

To grow your business, you need to manage your costs and human resources carefully, and quality control can give you the insight you need to control those resources. A low-quality product or service can cost you time and money to correct errors, which can significantly damage your bottom line.

A quality management system can help you deliver high-quality products to your customers, creating repeat business and a reputation for quality for your business. In addition, quality management ensures consistency in product and customer experience.

Set AQL standards for your products

AQL standards classify quality defects as “critical,” “major,” and “minor.” Significant flaws are unacceptable when testing cosmetic packaging because they significantly impact customer perception and satisfaction.

Regardless of the level of inspection, the AQL standard of fatal/major/minor defects, 0/1.5/2.5, is commonly used when inspecting cosmetic packaging.

For example, scratches and stains are minor defects and are acceptable at the AQL level. However, cracks and punctures are fatal defects and zero tolerance and will result in a failed inspection if found.

Before setting your AQL, we recommend that you first consider your product type and target market. Are you selling a high-quality product? Or are you on the low end, focusing on quantity and customers rather than quality? You can be both, but you can be a little more lenient with your AQL if you are a low-end product. Usually, customers are more understanding & forgiving of defects if they’re getting the product for less money.

If you’re confused about sample sizes for different AQL standards, here’s a simple AQL calculator.

What’s the next step?

We offer user-friendly factory audit solutions that help companies reduce costs and protect their brand reputation. When you choose us, you’ll get the guidance and tools you need to control quality to avoid buying defective products, sell products faster and minimize risk. 

Contact us today to schedule a demo. Our expert team will provide you a free demo and answer any questions you may have to improve your cosmetic packaging quality control.