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“For the manufacturers and fillers of toiletries and cosmetics it is vital to ensure products are safe for consumers”

The European parliament regulations for cosmetic products (No 1223/2009) came into force in July 2013.

See our guidance document.

MCS can help you ensure that your products comply by organising the specific testing you need.  This could include;

Challenge Test / Preservative Efficacy Test  (PET) The majority of products are required to have this test carried out on them.

By having MCS perform your testing you can be assured of an accurate, independent ‘Certificate of Performance’ for the preservative system of your product.  This test only needs to be carried out once per formulation.

Total Viable Count (TVC)

A further requirement of the regulations, this quality control test gives you a ‘Certificate of Analysis’ for products and the peace of mind that comes with knowing your product is free from contamination.  The test can also help to identify potential problems early and prevent possible product recalls.  We can help you find the most appropriate frequency of testing that will maintain your quality assurance in the most cost effective manner.  This quick and low cost test would typically be carried out on each batch of product as you make it.

Absence of Pathogen Testing

These tests are typically carried out alongside the TVC.  They can determine the presence of pathogens like Staph aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, E coli and Candida albicans.  We can help you decide which, if any, of these tests are appropriate for your product.

Stability Testing

To give you assurance that your product will maintain its intended physical and chemical quality when on the shelf of the retailer or the end user.

Antibacterial Activity assessments

To help with claims support and to ensure the best, most cost effective formulation.

MCS has a dedicated facility to support the microbiological needs of the toiletry and cosmetic industries.  We recognise the changing needs of regulatory bodies and retailers and so have an adaptable approach allowing us to respond to your needs, large or small.

Our aim is to understand your requirements and in partnership generate the best possible plan for your microbiological needs; be it a Quality Control regime, a claims support study or a full investigation into production or product failure.

We offer you a flexible extension to your existing capabilities and a resource of advice when you need it most.