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: 

Acinetobacter baumannii
Actinomyces naeslundii
Adenovirus (human)
Aspergillus brasiliensis
Aspergillums niger
Aureobasidium pullulans
Bacillus cereus
Bacillus subtilis
Camplylobacter jejuni
Candida albicans

Candida auris
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
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.
ESKAPE pathogens.

Other- please ask.

Medical Devices

We can use the PMM to test for bacterial adhesion to and host cell toxicity of experimental devices.

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Urogenital Health

Since much of the human genital tract is composed of mucosal tissue, the PMM can be used for predictive preclinical testing of compounds or products related to urogenital health.

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Inflammation and Biocompatibility

The PMM offers a unique way to investigate inflammatory cytokine concentrations in a cost-effective manner. We can perform ELISAs and multiplex assays to determine whether experimental compounds are pro- or anti-inflammatory.

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Infectious Diseases

Mucosal tissue is an ideal environment for microbial growth, making the PMM an excellent application for testing the efficacy of products to treat infectious disease pathogens. We can test for efficacy against planktonic and biofilm infections with this model.

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