Dermatologically tested, hypoallergenic or clinically tested?


Elena Bocchietto
Director of the testing facility – Abich

Stefano Todeschi
CEO Abich


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In this column we will talk about the claim on cosmetics 

and about the most suitable test to support them


This is the first of a series of appointment where we will talk about the claim on cosmetics and about the most suitable test to support them. 

One of the most common claims is “dermatologically tested”. Despite the familiarity you should have with this statement, are you sure to know exactly what it does mean? According to The EU Guidelines to Commission Regulation (EU) No 655/2013, “it implies that the product has been tested under the supervision of a dermatologist”. This does not clarify what kind of test it relies upon, but as the guidelines report shortly after “Depending on the presentation of the claim, it may refer to a specific efficacy or tolerance of the product.” 

The use of the claim “dermatologically tested” for cosmetic products was also assessed by the European Court of Justice (Case C-99/01). The Court clarified that “the average consumer’s expectation of

such a claim is that the product underwent tests intended to study its effects on ... ...