Mark founded ADSL in 2008 as a consultancy company after spotting a gap in the UK cosmetics market for somewhere could offer the breadth of services covered by ADSL under one roof. Since then Mark has concentrated on recruiting excellent staff across the board and ADSL is now approved by all major UK retailers to provide CPSRs and further support services. Mark is very hands on in the business and after 24 years in the cosmetics industry has expertise himself in formulating, regulatory, technical and ingredient aspects. Mark loves seeing customers and solving the day to day challenges that running a business throws up - but most of all getting great feedback on services!! Fun fact: Mark once, on a business trip in Hong Kong, ended up in a bar with seven former Liverpool (who he supports) Football Players and played with them in a seven-a-side match!
John followed his dad to the company in August 2013. He came over from Mayfield manufacturing labs, attracted by the coast and different role available to him. John manages a lot of incoming work flow and generates CPSR reports. He's constantly in contact with customers, collating and relaying information for projects and reports. A jack of all trades he's also been known to dip back into the labs and help out when they need an extra pair of hands. John really loves getting completed, detailed briefs from customers, with no follow ups necessary, especially if he's worked with them before. Fun fact: John's also a keen drummer and was the year below Joss Stone at school!
Senior Safety Assessor
Martin joined ADSL in August 2016 from SGS. His role involves ensuring products comply with regulations & producing CPSRs as well as giving customers expert advice on cosmetics safety and the path to market. Martin has a background in chemistry including a doctorate in that field. H's been working in the UK cosmetics industry for over 10 years and is a respected expert in the regulatory and safety capacity. Martin still considers himself a formulator first and foremost and loves the opportunity to look at new and innovative formulations. Fun fact: Martin is a long-time Stoke City supporter and hopes they'll be the next Leicester!
Bill's been at ADSL since the company was founded in 2008, prior to this his background was in optoelectronics before Mark found him and brought him to over cosmetics. Bill manages and advises an important pillar of ADSL's services - regulatory. It's a huge category including acceptable ingredients use, labelling and claims both within the EU and around the world (essentially a walking regulatory encyclopedia!). He gets great satisfaction from resolving customer questions and seeing their products go to market. Fun fact; Bill's degree was actually in Painting & Fine Art History, sticking to the south coast in Exeter!
Administration & Operations Manager
Claire is in charge of supporting senior management and the directors in the accounting and operations of the business. She has a proven track of managing complex operations from her work in the Food retail sector and has been successful in delivering time-critical projects. Claire’s line management experience working in manufacturing environments has meant she understands the importance of working as a team and the quality assurance this delivers and thus she has a genuine commitment to providing exemplary customer service. She manages the implementation of projects and the systems that support the ADSL's core business. Claire describes herself as enthusiastic, collaborative, self-motivated, and eager to take on new and diverse projects.
Formulation & User Trials Technician
Emilia joined ADSL in July 2015, it was rather a change of scene from a job as a translator for a British dancewear exporter! But it’s not all different - alongside her other tasks Emilia helps to translate documents and reports for ADSL’s international customers into Italian, French, German and Spanish. The majority of Emilia’s time is spent formulating as well as running stability and compatibility tests with the rest of the laboratory team. She also helps out with safety and compliance conducting candle safety tests inc. flash points and available water testing for cosmetic products. Further to this Emilia assists the user trials team to ensure products make it to panellists on time, and with all the relevant documentation. Fun fact; Emilia’s penchant for languages is long-lived - during her Diploma in Foreign Languages she had such a knack that students across the college would ask her to help with their translations. This went sour when she helped her now best friend in a Latin translation test, the teacher spied something fishy so brought them both up to demonstrate their skills on the blackboard and the truth was revealed!
Microbiologist & Compliance Technician
Charlotte joined ADSL in August 2014 from a pharmaceutical contract laboratory, moving down to Devon from Greater London for a change of pace by the seaside. Her day to day tasks include challenge testing, product registration, PIF compilation, general organisation and office administration. Charlotte also just learnt to do available water testing for products with water contents below that which can need to be challenge tested. Charlotte also performs Stability testing and worked alongside John (Snr) and Gurdip to get their ISO 17025 accreditation. She really enjoys the variety of the role and learning more in the office side of the business and industry. Fun fact; In her youth Charlotte used to do a lot of dancing and once did a charity dance show in Staines with some well-known Eastenders stars!
All services conducted in-house, enabling complete control of the development process. // Creativity and practicality are combined to produce innovative and exciting products in line with your brief and time expectations. // Final formulation includes a complete specification & blueprint for production so you can rest-assured your product will be ready for scale up. // Wealth of industry experience ensures we offer knowledge & guidance beyond the formulation itself, giving you an extra set of eyes for the road ahead.
Large and experienced Technical Compliance team enables ADSL to offer full toxicological reviews, meeting all regulatory bodies and ensuring products and raw materials are correctly analysed to meet the Cosmetic Product Safety Report (CPSR) standards. // Raw materials evaluation using in-house NOAEL and SED databases to ensure accurate Margin of Safety calculations with supporting evidence. // Technical and commercial advice to meet artwork compliance regulations, including reliable and up to date knowledge of regulatory changes. // Advice and help for clients to place products on the Cosmetic Product Notification Portal (CPNP) (EC1223/2009).
Full ISO 17025 accredited laboratory facilities. // Formulation analysis to meet all Challenge Testing protocols, including BP, EP, USP and EU Pharmacopeia for confident product launches. // Batch testing for Total Viable Count (TVC) including advice concerning manufacturing plant issues. // Bespoke consultancy to help with preservative choices, warehousing, manufacturing safety and more. This includes plant hygiene inspections to remove any kind of contamination concern. // Compatibility testing which meets accepted protocols and checks for potential changes in appearance, leakage, colour, smell or any other unforeseen issue. // Full stability testing in line with industry recommendations, including interim reports.
Help registering as an upstream or downstream user for REACH compliance. // Experienced and proactive global regulatory advice for the EU, FDA, ASEAN, Canada and Oriental markets. Including formulating, labelling, claims and ingredient legislation. // Advice to meet your company's manufacturing requirements, including Risk Assessments and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP). These reports enable personnel to deliver products to the market effectively and safely. Organic and Natural Standards - consultancy for all grades of ECOCERT, BDIH, Soil Association, EU Flower or other accreditation. // Fairtrade Standards - an increasingly prevalent and sort-after form of certification, ADSL has a knowledge and understanding which can help you gain Fairtrade accreditation. // An experienced team with many years working in industry can provide consultancy services for certification compliance extending beyond the more universally recognised standards listed above.
User Trial Reports (UTRs) can be a vital aspect of product development and marketing, demonstrating the safety, efficacy and user perception of a product and justifying and enhancing the claims being made. UTRs also offer statistical overviews of results that enable a better understanding of optimum product positioning and likely success // Fundamentally, and within the EU, UTRs form part of addressing Commission Regulation (EU) No 655/2013 which lays down the common criteria for the justification of claims used in relation to cosmetic products. The product must also conform to the requirements under EU Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009 Article 10, Annex 10 providing a statement on the safety of the cosmetic product taking into account the intended use of the cosmetic product and the anticipated systemic exposure to individual ingredients in the final formulation // ADSL’s UTR platform has been designed around the need for Clients to have close involvement with the questionnaire design and user trial operation, enabling a real-time view of UTR status and data as well as advanced permissioning controls of colleagues within an organisation. In addition, a dedicated ADSL UTR monitor ensures smooth administration and provides Clients’ assistance at every step of the process.
Formed in 2008 and with full ISO 17025 accredited facilities, our fully qualified, independent team of Chartered Chemists, Toxicologists, Microbiologists and Regulatory experts specialise in formulation and testing services within the cosmetic and household goods Industry. With our exceptional expertise and complementary skills in manufacturing, process controls, industry regulation, health and safety, marketing, and project management we are with you every step of the way to see your product through to successful market launch. Furthermore, our technical consulting helps many businesses by cost effectively filling gaps in their skills and knowledge base and providing a fresh perspective and strategy on the best way forward. Fundamentally we have the the knowledge and know-how to successfully take your cosmetic product to market. Your product inside out.