Our Cosmetics Process from start to finish. Each of the stages and the testing required have been explained below If you have any questions please contact us.

Contact our team let us know what it is you need.

After making an enquiry one of our lovely customer relations team will reach out to you to enquire more about your cosmetic product

We will then ask if you have already had microbial, physical and stability testing carried out on the cosmetic product and if you are following GMP (good manufacturing practice)

These are legally required for cosmetic products being placed on the UK and EU markets and documented within your PIP and CPSR

If you do not have microbial, physical and stability testing don’t worry, we can advise you on what testing is needed for your cosmetic. We work with test houses and can help arrange for your product to be tested with them. Please see information below on what testing might be required for your product.


Testing for all cosmetic products

All cosmetics are required to be manufacturer to GMP standards. GMP requires every batch of cosmetics is tested for the following:

  • Total count of aerobic mesophilic microorganisms, which covers bacteria as well as yeast and moulds.
  • Absence of the following pathogens: S.aureus, P.aeruginosa, E.coli and C.abicans
  • Physical testing – pH, Physical state, colour/odour, and (if applicable) phase separation, viscosity/density.

Stability testing is also required for all cosmetic products to confirm that changes in temperature, humidity, UV light and mechanical stress do not alter the results of the above testing. Additionally, stability testing should be performed on the cosmetic packaging as the packaging can affect the final product.

High risk cosmetic testing

Some cosmetic products represent a high risk of microbiological contamination during their normal use (e.g. products with a high water content and jar packaging). These products require challenge testing, where microorganisms are added into the product over 4 weeks to determine if the cosmetic product allows for microbial growth.

The testing is usually performed with the following microorganisma: S.Aureus, P.aeruginosa, E.coli and C.abicans

We will then provide you with a quotation for you to consider

If you decide to accept our quotation, we will then send an invoice and once paid one of our expert toxicologists will contact you within 5 working days to gather the cosmetic information we need such as ingredient material safety data sheets (MSDS)

If we have all the information required, we will take a 3 to 4 weeks (depending on the complexity of the cosmetic this might be a bit longer) preparing all the documentation for you

Once ready we will send you the documentation for review and sign off

And you’re good to go!

Remember if you make changes to your cosmetic, such as ingredients or packaging, your documentation will need updating. Each variant of the same product (for example, a different colour, flavour, fragrance) will all need their own sperate PIFs and CPSRs.