Personal Care Product Testing

Personal care products and their ingredients have been regulated outside the U.S. for many years — but are just now coming under increasing scrutiny within the U.S. by the FDA.

At EMSL, we have several personal care product testing labs nationwide, serving manufacturers and consumers alike. Our personal care product testing capabilities include analysis for both cGMP and non-cGMP applications. Contact EMSL today to learn more about our personal care product testing labs.

Bioburden Testing, Antimicrobial Effective Testing & More

EMSL performs the following tests to demonstrate level of safety using recognized, validated test methods for cosmetics and personal care products:

  • Antimicrobial effectiveness testing & preservative effectiveness testing
  • Bioburden testing & identification
  • Free anhydrous formaldehyde testing using NMR
  • Heavy metals analysis using ICP/MS
  • Nanoparticles
  • Particle size distribution
  • Pathogen identification using culture & molecular methods
  • Real time & accelerated shelf life/stability testing
  • Organic chemical analysis using GCFID, GC/MS, HPLC, LC/MS

Why is Personal Care Product Testing Important?

Personal care product testing isn’t just about compliance — it’s about safety. Potential problems include:

  • Raw materials contaminated by hazardous chemicals & heavy metals
  • Hazardous preservatives used to extend product shelf life
  • Contaminated final products, which can cause serious illness for immunocompromised people

Increasing numbers of natural cosmetics are being sold, with the perception that natural products are inherently safe. As this trend continues, consumers need to be especially diligent in understanding whether the product they purchase has been properly tested by the manufacturer before being sold. As safety awareness increases, manufacturers need a personal care product testing partner to accurately determine the safety, effectiveness and compliance of each product.

Ready to learn more about EMSL’s personal care product testing? Contact us today!


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