Cosmetic manufacturers must ensure that their products are free from particular quantities and also species of microorganisms. Cosmetic testing therefore assesses the quantities and species of microorganisms present in the product. The presence of such contaminants could affect the quality of a product and also the health of the consumer.
Types of 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 which 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.
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:
Enterococcus faecium (VRE)
Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA and MSSA)
WHO Priority organisms.
Other- please ask.
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