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Product Information File: What is it and why do I need it?

A Product Information File (PIF) stands as one of the foremost legal requirements for introducing a product to the market. Each cosmetic product necessitates its own PIF, encompassing vital information like the Cosmetic Product Safety Report (CPSR), product description, manufacturing methods, and more. This file is subject to scrutiny by the Regulatory authority.

14/02/2024
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California Proposition 65: Your compliance partner

At ADSL Advanced Development and Safety Laboratory, our team of certified toxicologists and regulatory experts is dedicated to assisting cosmetics companies in understanding and adhering to Proposition 65 requirements, ensuring the successful placement of their products in the California market.

07/02/2024
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Cosmetic Product Safety Reports: What is it and why do I need it?

ADSL has been generating CPSRs, both global and region-specific, for over 15 years, and we have the technical expertise and support in-house. This effectively means that we can deliver the final CPSR very efficiently.

17/01/2024
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Hydration and Moisture in Cosmetic Products: The Importance of Clinical User Trials for Product Performance and Claim Substantiation. 

Hydration and moisture are pivotal for skin health and aesthetics, and thus stand as central pillars in the development of cosmetic products. Clinical user trials are indispensable in this journey, providing critical data to affirm the efficacy, safety, and user satisfaction of these products.

04/01/2024
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Understanding BS EN 14776: Why is it so important?

BS EN 14476 is a European standard that pertains to the evaluation of virucidal activity for chemical disinfectants and antiseptics. This standard outlines the methods and criteria for assessing the effectiveness of these products in inactivating or reducing the infectivity of viruses.

19/12/2023
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Cosmetics for the Periocular area: How do you know they’re safe?

In the realm of cosmetic product development, pH specification testing plays a vital role in crafting formulations that meet precise pH requirements. The pH level of a cosmetic product has a profound impact on its stability, effectiveness, and compatibility with the skin or hair.

15/12/2023
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pH Specification Testing within cosmetic product development

In the realm of cosmetic product development, pH specification testing plays a vital role in crafting formulations that meet precise pH requirements. The pH level of a cosmetic product has a profound impact on its stability, effectiveness, and compatibility with the skin or hair.

08/12/2023
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What is BS EN 1500 for Chemical Disinfectants & Antiseptics: Why is it important in Hygienic Hand Rubs and other cosmetic hygiene products?

BS EN 1500 is a European standard that specifies a test method and requirements for the evaluation of the efficacy of chemical disinfectants and antiseptics used in the field of human hygiene.

01/12/2023
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What is Stability Testing a Crucial Process for Cosmetic Products? 

Stability testing for cosmetic products is a crucial quality control and safety evaluation process used to assess how a cosmetic product’s physical, chemical, and microbiological properties change over time under various storage conditions. The primary goal of stability testing is to ensure that the product remains safe, effective, and of high quality throughout its intended shelf life.

21/11/2023
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 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
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Why is Total Viable Count (TVC) and Colony Count (CC) testing increasingly important in vegan cosmetics?

The rapid expansion of the Vegan cosmetic market has brought to light a critical need for precise testing methods.

13/11/2023
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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
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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
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Why Water testing plays a crucial role in identifying and mitigating potential health risks.

Water testing plays a crucial role in identifying and mitigating potential health risks associated with Legionella and other contaminants in various water systems. Here are some key areas where water testing services are in demand and where ADSL may be able to help.

02/11/2023
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BS EN 1650: Chemical disinfectants and antiseptics

BS EN 1650 is a European standard that outlines a test method for the evaluation of fungicidal or yeasticidal activity of chemical disinfectants and antiseptics. The standard provides a structured and standardised approach to assess the effectiveness of products in controlling or eliminating fungal and yeast pathogens.

26/10/2023
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How to Navigate the Novel Food Application Process for CBD Products in the EU & UK

In recent years, the CBD industry has seen tremendous growth, with various products flooding the market. However, when it comes to CBD extracts and isolates, businesses must follow a strict regulatory process. 

24/10/2023
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How can you evaluate the effectiveness of Cosmetic Products formulated to target wrinkles?

In an ever-evolving world of beauty and skincare, consumers are continually seeking effective solutions to combat the visible signs of ageing, particularly fine lines and wrinkles. As a leading clinical product testing company, we at ADSL are dedicated to helping consumers make informed choices by rigorously evaluating cosmetic products formulated to target wrinkles.

20/10/2023
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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
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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
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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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Why is organoleptic testing important in cosmetics?

Organoleptic testing in cosmetics is vital in creating products that are not only safe and of high quality but also aligned with consumer preferences, which is crucial in the competitive cosmetics market.

02/10/2023
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Introducing the Power of DermaScan® at ADSL for Enhanced Cosmetic User Testing

At ADSL, our commitment has always been to provide our clients with the most accurate and reliable data when it comes to cosmetic user testing. This is why we have incorporated the renowned DermaScan® technology into our testing arsenal. To find out why this is a game-changer for our clients please visit our website.

21/09/2023
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Tissue Induration in Cosmetic User Trials and Claims

Tissue induration, also known as skin hardness or firmness, is an important parameter to consider when analyzing cosmetic user trials. It refers to the degree of firmness or stiffness of the skin in response to a product or treatment.

20/09/2023
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Where is biocidal testing and what sort of products is it most relevant for?

Biocidal testing is most applicable in environments and industries where controlling microbial growth is critical to maintaining health, safety, and the integrity of products and materials. Here is a more detailed explanation of where biocidal testing is most applicable and the types of products it is most relevant for:

15/09/2023
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BS EN 13727: A Comprehensive Guide for Medical and Cosmetic Applications

BS EN 13727, a crucial European standard, delineates the methodology for assessing the bactericidal action of antiseptic and disinfectant products in medical settings. This test, which simulates practical conditions, is applicable to a broad spectrum of products, such as those for surface disinfection, hand hygiene, and instrument sterilization.

07/09/2023
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Cosmetic Product Development and Testing. Elasticity, Tissue Stiffness via Elasticity Meter

Elasticity and tissue stiffness are crucial parameters when developing cosmetic products, particularly those targeting aging skin. Elasticity refers to the skin’s ability to return to its original state after being stretched or deformed, whereas tissue stiffness indicates the resistance to deformation. An Elasticity Meter is often used in product development to measure these parameters. 

30/08/2023
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Why is Trans Epidermal Water Loss (TEWL) important in cosmetic product development?

Trans Epidermal Water Loss (TEWL) is a measure of the quantity of water that evaporates from the skin and passes into the surrounding environment. It is an essential indicator of the skin’s barrier function, and thus plays a critical role in cosmetic product development for several reasons.

25/08/2023
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Why is water testing in cosmetic products necessary?

Water testing in cosmetic products ensures the safety, quality, performance, and longevity of the products while also safeguarding brand reputation and meeting regulatory standards. It is vitally important that the quality of ingredients is monitored, and in most formulations, the main ingredient is water.

23/08/2023
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High Resolution Imaging and Cosmetic User Trials and Claims

High-resolution imaging allows for detailed visualization, providing objective evidence of skin condition before and after product usage. This imaging technique helps in capturing images that can be used as visual proof of the effectiveness of cosmetic products.

26/07/2023
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Why do you need patch testing and what’s on offer?

In the field of cosmetic product testing, there are several types of Safety Patch Testing that can be conducted depending on the claims and where you plan to market your products. 

07/08/2023
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How can microbiology impact the safety and quality of cosmetic products?

Microbiology plays a crucial role in ensuring the safety and quality of cosmetic products. Here are some ways in which microbiology impacts the safety and quality of cosmetics:

19/07/2023
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Why 1, 4-dioxane and methanol testing is growing increasingly significant for the US cosmetics market

The significance of 1,4-dioxane and methanol testing in the US cosmetics market is driven by the need to ensure consumer safety, regulatory compliance, increasing consumer awareness, brand reputation, and international market access.

13/07/2023
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Why is Preservative Efficacy Testing important in cosmetics?

Preservative Efficacy Testing is crucial in cosmetics to safeguard consumer health, extend product shelf life, comply with regulatory requirements, maintain quality standards, and preserve product integrity. It plays a vital role in ensuring the safety and effectiveness of cosmetic products throughout their lifecycle.

06/07/2023
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How to Comply with the 2022 Modernization of Cosmetics Regulation Act (MoCRA)

MoCRA, comes into effect on December 29, 2023 and signifies a significant revision of the current regulatory framework for cosmetics established by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It introduces new provisions for cosmetic products within Chapter VI of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA).

04/07/2023
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Earn Money as a Clinical Cosmetic Product Tester!

Do you live in the Paignton or greater Torbay area? Are you fascinated by the science behind skincare? Are you seeking a unique opportunity to make money while contributing to groundbreaking cosmetic research? Look no further! Become a Clinical Cosmetic Product Tester and be at the forefront of scientific innovation!

16/06/2023
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Case study: Carbon monoxide in candles

When you’re thinking mood lighting, candles might be one of the first things that spring to mind. But are they entirely safe? The answer is yes, but only when used correctly.

16/03/2023
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How can I be sure my cosmetic products are safe for children?

When designing and developing skincare products, you will want to be certain that the items you are dealing with are safe for consumers to use. This confidence becomes even more important when the ultimate consumer, or end user, is an infant or baby.

21/01/2023
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Heavy Metals regulations: A regional guide

Heavy or toxic metals, such as lead, arsenic, cobalt, chromium, mercury and nickel, occur naturally within raw materials used extensively throughout cosmetic products including shampoos, lipstick and eye shadow. 

19/12/2022
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Heavy Metals analysis: What is it, why is it important and how we help

Heavy or toxic metals, such as lead, arsenic, cobalt, chromium, mercury and nickel, occur naturally within raw materials used extensively throughout cosmetic products including shampoos, lipstick and eye shadow. 

12/12/2022
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Commission Regulation (EU) 2021/1902 (4th CMR Omnibus)

This regulation prohibits the use of 23 substances in cosmetic products and applies in the EU from 1 March 2022. These substances have been classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic and toxic to reproduction by Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/1182 (15th ATP to CLP).

13/10/2022
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European Commission Inception Impact Assessment on Review of the EU Cosmetics Regulation

The European Commission is reviewing the Cosmetics Regulation (EC) 1223/2009 as part of the EU Chemical Strategy for Sustainability.

13/10/2022
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Cosmetic Supervision and Administration Regulations (CSAR)

ADSL has for several years followed with interest the development of the new Cosmetic Supervision and Administration Regulations (CSAR) in China.

06/09/2022

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"DCS have worked very closely with Mark Cavanagh at ADSL for many years and are very happy with the quality of service."

Dr Philip Wright, Head of Technical, DCS Group

"Mayfield Laboratories has worked closely with ADSL since their incorporation in 2008. During this time ADSL have provided crucial technical advice and support to our company."

Jim Bullen, Director, Mayfield Laboratories

"Rodial have worked with ADSL over the last 5 years and are very happy with the quality of their services."

Melanie Khoury, Head of New Product Development, The Rodial Group

"I have worked very closely with ADSL over the course of the last year and have been extremely happy with their technical services"

Simon Coe, Operations Director, Foam & Substance Ltd

We have been using the services of ADSL since the beginning of 2013- for safety assessments, dermatological testing and routine microbial analyses. ADSL are our first choice for CPSRs as we value highly the professional but personal service, quick turn around and helpful advice.

Jonathan Clements, Technical Manager, Brodie & Stone International Plc