Cosmetics

It must be ensured, by every cosmetics manufacturer, that the product as purchased, is free from particular quantities and species of microorganisms. Cosmetic testing is required as the presence of such contaminants could affect the quality of a product and the health of the consumer.

Cosmetics testing is requested by the EU cosmetics regulation 1223/2009. Microbiological specifications 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 was designed to detect Pseudomonas aeruginosa within cosmetic products. Lower risk products include those which demonstrate low water activity, hydro-alcoholic products and extreme pH values. The exact method can be adapted depending on the required level of detection.

ISO 21150:2015 can be used for the detection and identification of Escherichia coli in cosmetic products. Lower risk products include those which demonstrate low water activity, hydro-alcoholic products and extreme pH values. The exact method can be adapted depending on the required level of detection.

ISO 21149:2006 gives general guidelines for enumeration and detection of mesophilic aerobic bacteria present in cosmetics.

ISO 16212:2008 is used for the detection and enumeration of yeast and mould within cosmetic products.

ISO 18416:2015 is utilised for the detection of Candida albicans within cosmetic products

 

Our PhD microbiologists are available to discuss method adaptations or to custom design test methods to meet your requirements.

 

We offer a range of standard test methodologies including:

  • ISO 11930 – Cosmetics Microbiology: Evaluation of the antimicrobial protection of a cosmetic product
  • ISO 16212 – Cosmetics Microbiology: Enumeration of yeast and mould
  • ISO 18416 – Cosmetics Microbiology: Detection of Candida albicans
  • ISO 21149 – Cosmetics Microbiology: Enumeration and detection of aerobic mesophilic bacteria
  • ISO 21150 – Cosmetics Microbiology: Detection of Escherichia coli
  • ISO 22717 – Cosmetics Microbiology: Detection of Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Our library of test organism includes…

Choose from our library of test organism including standard reference strains, clinical isolates and environmental isolates.

Single or mixed species assays containing:

Acinetobacter baumannii, Actinomyces naeslundii, Adenovirus (human), Aspergillus brasiliensis, Aspergillums niger, Aureobasidium pullulans, Bacillus cereus, Bacillus subtilis, Camplylobacter jejuni, Candida albicans, Clostridium difficile, Corynebacterium minutissimum, Enterobacter cloacae, Enterococcus faecalis, Enterococcus faecium (VRE), Enterococcus hirae, Escherichia coli, Fusobacterium nucleatum, Haemophilus influenzae, Heliocbacter pylori, Halomonas magadiensis, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Lactobacillus casei, MRSA, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Neisseria subflava, Porphyromonas ginigvalis, Prevotella nigrescens, Propionibacterium acnes, Proteus mirabilis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Salmonella enteritidis, Shigella dysenteriae, Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA and MSSA), Staphylococcus epidermidis, Staphylococcus haemolyticus, Stenotrophomonas maltophilia, Streptococcus mutans, Streptococcus oralis, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Streptococcus pyogenes, Streptococcus zooepidemicus, Tannerella forsythia, Trichophyton rubrum, Veillonella dispar. WHO Priority organisms. Other- please ask.