Perfectus Biomed can assess the quantities and species of microorganisms present in your cosmetic product.
Cosmetic manufacturers must ensure that their products are free from particular quantities and species of microorganisms. The presence of such contaminants could affect the quality of a product and also the health of the consumer. Cosmetic safety testing therefore assesses the quantities and species of microorganisms present in the product.
Standard test methods available include ISO 22717:2015, ISO 18416:2015, ISO 21150:2015 and ISO 21149:2006. GLP compliant testing is also available.
Cosmetic Test Methodologies
The EU cosmetics regulation 1223/2009 requires cosmetic testing. Microbiological specifications therefore need to be provided for cosmetic products that are placed on the EU market. There are a range of appropriate test methodologies:
ISO 22717:2015 – designed to detect Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Lower risk products include those that demonstrate low water activity, hydro-alcoholic products and extreme pH values. Method adaptations are possible depending on the required level of detection.
ISO 18416:2015 – utilised for the detection of Candida albicans within cosmetic products.
ISO 21150:2015 – used for the detection/identification of Escherichia coli. Lower risk products include those which demonstrate low water activity, hydro-alcoholic products and extreme pH values. Method adaptations are possible depending on the required level of detection.
ISO 21149:2006 – gives general guidelines for enumeration and detection of mesophilic aerobic bacteria.
ISO 16212:2008 – used for the detection and also the enumeration of yeast and mould within cosmetic products.
Our PhD microbiologists are available to discuss method adaptations with you. We can also custom design test methods to meet your requirements.
Our library of test organisms includes:
Enterococcus faecium (VRE)
Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA and MSSA)
Other- please ask.
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We are happy to help with your microbiological requirements and with any other queries you may have.