Cosmetics microbial safety: A milestone



  1. R&D Manager, ROELMI HPC
  2. Market Manager – Personal care ROELMI HPC

Even since the first pages of the European Cosmetic Regulation 1223/2009, it is clear that one of the main objectives of the Regulation is to guarantee the safety of finished products on the market. The Microbiological safety of finished Personal Care products is a key aspect: Cosmetics must be well protected from potential microbial spoilage.


This can guarantee their stability as formulations and their safety through end users.  In Article 1 of the Regulation, under Scope and objective, it is stated: “This Regulation establishes rules … … in order to ensure the functioning of the internal market and a high level of protection of human health”. How is the microbiological safety guaranteed? Annex I of the Regulation, reports main indication on how to prepare CPSR (Cosmetic Product Safety Report); specifically, under point 3, needed information about Microbiological quality are mentioned: a) Microbiological specifications (substance - mixture - cosmetic product); b) Particular attention for cosmetics used around the eyes, on mucous membranes, on damaged skin, on children <3 ...