Testing of Cosmetic Products

Obligatory, Optional, Claim Associated

The EC Regulation 1223/2009 on Cosmetic Products establishes rules to be complied by any cosmetic product made available on the market, in order to ensure the functioning of the internal market and the protection of the consumers. Any cosmetic product prior of its placing on the European Market shall be safe for human health when used under normal or reasonably foreseeable conditions of use. This safety of the product is presented in the Cosmetic Product Safety Report (CPSR) that is issued by the Safety Assessor after document and analysis review.

The obligatory analysis that need to be performed to every product are:

Challenge test (except for low risk), Patch test, Stability/Compatibility, Traces – Impurities (depending on the type of product; Heavy Metals Allergens and others)
Optional analysis that can be performed depending on the type of the product are in vitro:
EpiOcular, EpiDerm
Claim associated analysis:
Anti wrinkle, Moisturizing, Firming, Sebum control, Brightening  

Dimitirs Melissos
Chemist, MSc
QACS Ltd.

References
  1. Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 on cosmetic products
  2. Guidelines on Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 on the Cosmetic Product Safety Report
  3. Notes of Guidance for Testing of Cosmetic Ingredients and Their Safety Evaluation, SCCS, 1501/12
  4. Commission Regulation (EU) No 655/2013 of 10 July 2013 laying down common criteria for the justification of claims used in relation to cosmetic products
  5. Guidelines to Commission Regulation (EU) No 655/2013 laying down common criteria for the justification of claims used in relation to cosmetic products