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Everything you need to get your product to market, under one roof
Our UKAS accredited testing laboratory combined with our exceptional expertise and complementary skills in manufacturing, process controls, industry regulation, health and safety, marketing, and project management mean that we are with you every step of the way to see your product through to successful market launch.Our services
Formulation & development
Our experienced Lab team can turn your ideas into a manufacturing reality. We provide ground up development of products as well as troubleshooting & improvement of existing formulations within cosmetic, household and food categories. All in accordance with the relevant territory regulations.
Cosmetic product safety reports
Our experienced Compliance team enables full safety & toxicological reviews in line with the relevant territorial regulation & authority to produce compliant Cosmetic Product Safety Report (CPSR) reports. Ingredient evaluation using in-house NOAEL and SED databases ensures accurate Margin of Safety calculations with the requisite supporting evidence.
Microbiological & lab testing
Our ISO 17025 accredited UK microbiological & laboratory facility is fully equipped to assist with a host of laboratory testing from BP/EP preservative efficacy testing, through biocidal testing & hygiene controls and much more. Our leading laboratory testing facility undertakes a variety of analytical testing including heavy metals by ICP-MS, cannabinoids by HPLC, alcohol assay testing by FTIR and terpenes, residual solvents and 1,4-dioxane testing by GC-MS.
Global compliance & registration
We maintain an extensive knowledge of international regulations regarding cosmetics and related products which is constantly monitored and updated by qualified assessors. Regulatory news is closely monitored to anticipate changes and provides the basis for detailed advice and recommendations regarding compliance in the global market. We offer product notification in the UK (to the SCPN) and the EU (to the CPNP) and for those clients requiring a presence in the UK or the EU, we offer a Responsible Person service via our offices in England and the Republic of Ireland. We can also notify products to Health Canada and to the US Voluntary Cosmetic Registration Program (VCRP).
User trials & claims
Fundamentally, and within the EU for example, consumer & clinical testing forms 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. At our UK DermaCentre we use state of the art technology to measure a range of parameters and our capability is always growing as we invest in our testing capacity. From patch testing validation of claims such as “dermatologically approved”, through to skin moisture & TEWL assessments, erythemal index & melanin testing, SPF, elasticity and sebum assessments we have a host of options to answer your product research and claim validation needs.
We deliver a full range of expert services and guidance to support your every needSee all services
Analytical physico-chemical testing
Consumer subject evaluation
Clinical subject evaluation
HET/CAM in-vitro occular irritation testing
Physico-Chemical Stability Testing
Physico-chemical compatibility testing
Labelling & Artwork
Toxicology risk assessment
Product safety reports
Trusted by leading brands
From household names to start-ups, we support brands of all sizes, helping them get their products on to the shelf. We have a wide range of testing & compliance capabilities to assist at every part of the development lifecycle process.
Experts in our field, we have over 20 years of cosmetic formulation, compliance, testing and safety experience. Through this experience we can help customers to navigate through the increasingly demanding regulatory landscape.
All under one roof
We deliver our extensive range of services from our own leading UK based facilities, meaning better support and service for you. Whether a full “turnkey” product development from concept to shelf is needed or a single regulatory or testing requirement, we can help from under one roof.
We can ensure a product is legally compliant and ready for market in all international markets. With offices in the EU and North America in addition to our UK headquarters, we have the necessary presence and reach to support customers globally.
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We’ve helped thousands of household names and start up brands get their products ready on to shelf
What is Cosmetic Challenge Testing?
Its primary purpose is to evaluate the ability of a product’s preservative system to protect against microbial contamination over its intended shelf life and under normal usage conditions.17/11/2023
Responsible Person: Placing A Cosmetic Product on The EU/UK Market
There are five main requirements for placing a cosmetic product on the EU and UK markets.07/11/2023
MoCRA Responsible Person Representative
We are excited to announce that ADSL is now able to offer a U.S. MoCRA Responsible Person Representative Service.23/11/2023
3 Day Turnaround Time for Total Viable Count (TVC) and Colony Count (CC) testing
Throughout the cosmetic manufacturing process, ensuring the quality of your products is paramount. Contaminated products not only face restrictions on sale but also pose risks such as spoilage, potential health issues, non-compliance with regulations, and increased vulnerability to further contamination over time.13/11/2023
Formulation Troubleshooting in Cosmetic Products
Troubleshooting cosmetic product formulations can be a complex task, as there are various factors that can go wrong during the formulation process. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions and issues related to troubleshooting cosmetic product formulations:17/10/2023
Lab Scale Pilot Production for Cosmetic Production
Lab-scale pilot production serves as a critical step in ensuring the successful development and launch of a cosmetic product, helping to mitigate risks, optimize products, and comply with regulatory requirements while facilitating innovation and cost-effectiveness.12/10/2023
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