CE.way cosmetics testing services are the cosmetic product tests that are requested by the EU cosmetics regulation 1223/2009 and performed at our accredited laboratory using the testing methods that are accepted by the EU authorities.
Microbiological specifications need to be provided for cosmetic products that are placed on the EU market. Microbiological testing is vital in ensuring cosmetic product safety.
CE.way can test your products for all of the most commonly investigated microbiological specifications of finished products, therefore ensuring the safety of your products and their compliance with the EU cosmetics regulation.
- Total aerobic plate count (ISO 21149)
- Yeast & mould count (ISO 16212)
- Pathogens test
- Staphylococcus aureus (ISO 22718)
- Pseudomonas aeruginosa (ISO 22717)
- Candida albicans (ISO 18416)
- Escherichia coli (ISO 21150)
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Preservative challenge test
Challenge test or preservative efficacy test (PET) is one of the parts of the Product Information File and of the Cosmetic Product Safety Report (CPSR). According to ISO 29621 every cosmetic manufacturer has to ensure that the product, as purchased, is free from the numbers and types of microorganisms that could affect product quality and consumer health, as well as to ensure that microorganisms introduced during normal product use will not adversely affect the quality or safety of the product. The latter can be ensured by performing the challenge test. Basically challenge test checks how effective your preservative system is.
CE.way checks the preservation system effectiveness using the standard ISO 11930:2012. The test is based on the inoculation of a cosmetic product with 5 different strains of microorganisms: Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Candida albicans, Escherichia coli, Aspergillus brasiliensis. The remaining concentration of these microorganisms is then determined after 7, 14 and 28 days.
Challenge test is not required for certain products, such as products that don’t contain water, products that contain more than 20% alcohol, have pH below 3 or above 10, where containers are filled at more than 65 degrees celsius, products that contain certain raw materials that create a hostile environment, or for products packaged in aerosols, pump dispensers or single dose units. Any lack of challenge test however must be duly justified.
Contact us to find out more about the challenge test, to see if it applies to your products and to receive a quote.
Stability and compatibility test
The primary objective of conducting stability testing is to indicate the relative stability level of a product under the various conditions that it can be subjected to from the moment it is manufactured until the end of its validity.
The purpose of the test is to evaluate whether the product will meet the prescribed physical, chemical and microbiological quality standards, its functionality, safety and aesthetics over a period of time during handling, transport and storage under appropriate conditions.
Based on the stability test results we also assign the shelf life or the period after opening to the product.
The type of packaging also affects the stability of the product as it protects the product from the external environment.
On the other hand, potential leaching of substances of the packaging into the product have to be evaluated. That’s why compatibility between the packaging and its content has to be investigated, in order to ensure that no quality problems are inducted by the type of packaging material used.
Cosmetics stability test can be performed in real time or it can be accelerated. The time that it takes to complete the test and the conditions under which it is performed can vary, as can the parameters that are monitored during the stability and compatibiltiy test. However, accelerated stability tests normally include keeping the samples at elevated temperatures (37, 40 or 45 degrees) during a period of 3 months. Additionally, CE.way also tests the stability in a refrigerator and performs freeze thaw test, which is usually used to predict stability of the product during transport. If transparent packaging is used, we would also test the stability of the product when exposed to sun light.
CE.way offers a range of different cosmetics stability tests and we help you choose the right one based on the type of your product and its desired shelf life. During the stability test we monitor:
- Various physical and chemical specifications of the product (such as pH, viscosity and density)
- Organoleptic properties of the product
- Microbiological specifications (Candida albicans, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus, Mold and yeast)
- Packaging compatibility
If you want to find out more, please check our blog on the stability and compatibility test.
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Claim substantiation / Efficacy tests
Any claims made on the cosmetic product labels or in any other advertising material, whether explicit or implicit, need to be supported by adequate and verifiable evidence and need to fulfil the following EU common criteria on claims: legal compliance, truthfulness, evidential support, honesty, fairness, informed decision-making.
CE.way cooperates with a testing laboratory that performs experimental studies using state-of-the-art measurement techniques, as well as consumer perception tests, in order to help you prove your claims and gain an edge on your competition.
The following tests and measurements can be conducted:
- Skin hydration (Corneometer)
- Sebum on the skin surface, scalp and hair (Sebumeter)
- Assessing melanin content and erythema level (Mexameter)
- Transepidermal water loss and skin barrier function (Tewameter)
- Elasticity measurement by suction (Cutometer)
- pH-Measurement on skin and scalp (pH-Meter)
- Gloss on skin, lips, nails and hair (Skin-Glossymeter)
- Skin topography directly from the skin (Visioscan)
- High resolution standardized full face photography for treatment documentation (VisioFace)
- Assessing the skin macro relief by replica and oblique lighting (Visioline)
- Assessing the skin micro relief (Skin-Visiometer)
- SPF (sun protection factor) test
Additionally, we can offer in-use test of your products under dermatologist supervision, enabling you to claim “dermatologically tested”, as well as patch tests.
Efficacy tests can also be combined with consumer perception tests, or consumer perception using detailed questionnaires can be assessed individually.
Contact us to find out which claims we can help you prove.
Cosmetic product safety assessment is a vital part of the Product Information File, and each product placed on the EU market has to pass a safety assessment. Safety assessment is a part of the Cosmetic Product Safety Report (CPSR). CE.way can perform safety assessments for your cosmetic products according to the standards set out in the EU Regulation 1223/2009.
Safety assessments have to be conducted by a properly qualified person with relevant qualifications.
CE.way’s team of highly qualified EU safety assesssors has years of experience and has conducted hundrends of safety assessments for various manufacturers with various types of cosmetic products.
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