Cosmetic Lab Testing

Before entering the EU market, cosmetic products must undergo some laboratory testing.

The results are included in the Product Information File (PIF) and evaluated by the Safety Assessor to determine whether the product is safe for use.

Lab Tests for Cosmetic Products

According to the EU Cosmetics Regulation, the minimum testing to be carried out are stability, compatibility, and preservative efficacy. Nevertheless, depending on the type of product, claims, and target users, some additional testing (e.g., patch test) may be required.

In a nutshell, the stability test analyses how long a product, stored under appropriate conditions, maintains its function, and can be used safely. Therefore, the stability test determines the date of minimum durability. Furthermore, the compatibility test is carried out between the product and its container and ensures there are no leakages, corrosion, or other changes. Lastly, the preservative efficacy (or challenge) test verifies the reliability of the preservative system used within the product to avoid a dangerous microbial growth.

For all these lab testing, the EU regulatory framework sets test methods, standards, and requirements.

How We Can Support You

Product testing is a crucial step of the EU compliance process. However, finding the right laboratory, applicable standards, and requirements may be stressful and expensive. Therefore, Obelis has developed a service to ease your work.

As part of the process, our trusted partners will perform the necessary testing for you. In this way, you will save time and money and we, as your reference point, will guarantee a smooth process.

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