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Cosmetic testing: over twenty years ofexperience



DermIng S.r.l., Clinical Research and
Bioengineering Institute,
Viale Cesare Battisti 38, 20900 Monza (MB), Italy


The adoption of Regulation EC 1223/2009 on cosmetic products   has unequivocally established the obligation for companies producing, trading and importing cosmetics across Europe, to perform  tolerance and efficacy tests on cosmetic products. As an important support to clinical evaluations, the laboratories may use several instrumental non-invasive methods to evaluate quantitatively and objectively the product effects. Furthermore, the recent digital imaging systems and computerized image analysis development, allow a precise evaluation of cosmetic effects against the main skin aging signs.



Cosmetic testing started in Europe  several decades ago, but the current regulatory background makes it  even more important for beauty companies to collaborate with specialized laboratories.

In fact since 11 July 2013, production, packaging, distribution and sale of cosmetics is governed by EC Regulation 1223/2009 (1). The main objective of the regulation, is to harmonize the already existing dispositions and to strengthen the rules regarding safety and effectiveness, in order to protect consumers in terms of health and information.