EU Cosmetic Regulation On Microbiology Testing

In a bid to ensure that all cosmetic products are safe on the European market, the EU Cosmetic Regulation is established to protect consumers and ensures that every cosmetic product that is used is nontoxic. When applied under reasonable or normal predictable conditions of use, every cosmetic product is required to cause no damage of any kind to human health.

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Safety is the fundamental principle that guides every cosmetics manufacturer in everything they do across their operations which also includes their innovation, research and development. The EU Cosmetic Regulation is established to check the formulation of each product, its usage in terms of efficiency, its disposal and its packaging and labeling – this also includes any used instructions or warning.


The principles of the cosmetics regulation of in-market controls give importers and manufacturers the main responsibility to certify that their products meet all safety requirements this also includes the persons who are responsible for the placement of the cosmetics products on the market. The national or regional competent authorities among the EU member states control compliance with the regulations. This responsibility is welcomed by the cosmetics industry and it is fully supported by the safety objectives of the Regulations.


As an important aspect of cosmetic product safety, microbiology testing has now become an indispensable procedure in the cosmetic industry which is aimed at meeting the requirements of the Cosmetics Regulation (EC) 1223/2009. Services are now set up to help consumers reduce microbiological risks that are linked with cosmetic and personal care products and ascertain the microbiological quality of the raw materials used. It is also used to determine formulated final cosmetic products and bulk products.


Therefore, any microbiological tests must include research and development support, quality control testing, in a bid to help consumers to ensure product quality and safety. Spoilage or chemical change may occur as a result of the effects of microorganisms in cosmetics. This can easily affect beauty, cosmetic health and personal care product consumers in a negative way.


While ensuring that their products are safe for consumer use, it is imperative for manufacturers of cosmetic and personal care products to ensure that their products are free of harmful (pathogenic) microorganisms through microbiology testing. So, they are directed to carry out extensive regulatory services for testing the beauty, health, cosmetic and personal care products as a way of assuring that their cosmetic products are safe and free of objectionable microorganisms.


Microbiology testing does not mean that these cosmetic products must be sterile but they are expected to take proper care of harmful microbial contamination by building a strong preservative system that is capable to the task because consumers are repeatedly challenging these cosmetics products (beauty, health or personal care products) whenever they use or apply them.