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SPF Testing and Clinical Sunscreen Testing Studies

Testing the Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of cosmetic products is crucial to ensure they provide the claimed level of UV protection. There are two primary methods for SPF testing: in vivo and in vitro.

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SPF Testing and Clinical Sunscreen Testing Studies

Testing the Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of cosmetic products is crucial to ensure they provide the claimed level of UV protection. There are two primary methods for SPF testing: in vivo and in vitro. In vivo testing is conducted on human volunteers. The product is applied to the skin, which is then exposed to UV light to determine the minimum erythema dose (MED)—the smallest dose that causes redness. The SPF is calculated by comparing the MED of protected skin (with sunscreen) to unprotected skin. In vitro testing, on the other hand, is a laboratory-based method that uses a substrate, such as a PMMA plate. The product is applied to the substrate, exposed to UV radiation, and the amount of UV light that passes through is measured. This transmittance data is then used to estimate the SPF value.

Regulatory considerations are essential for both methods. Testing must follow international guidelines, such as ISO 24444:2019 for in-vivo and ISO 24443:2012 for in vitro testing. Additionally, compliance with regulatory authorities’ requirements, like the FDA in the USA and the European Commission in the EU, is necessary for accurate labeling and marketing of the product. While in vivo testing is considered more accurate, in vitro testing serves as a useful preliminary or supplementary method. Both methods aim to ensure that cosmetic products provide effective sun protection, safeguarding consumers against harmful UV radiation.

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Frequently asked questions about SPF Testing and Clinical Sunscreen Testing Studies

Typically, what service elements might this involve?

Evaluating a cosmetic product for SPF testing and clinical sunscreen testing typically involves several key service elements. These include in vitro SPF testing using standardised methods to measure UV protection, in vivo testing on human subjects to confirm efficacy and safety, water resistance testing, and photo stability assessment to ensure the product maintains its effectiveness under UV exposure. Additional services might include detailed dermatological assessments, adherence to regulatory guidelines, formulation analysis, and comprehensive reporting of results. Clinical studies may also involve testing for potential skin irritation or sensitisation to ensure overall product safety and consumer satisfaction.

AS/NZS 2604:2021 (SPF 0 – 45)
AS/NZS 2604:2021 (SPF 45+)
FDA Static UV test (SPF 0 – 45)
FDA Static UV test (SPF 0 – 45) + Water Resistance FDA
FDA Static UV test (SPF 45+)
FDA Static UV test (SPF 45+) + Water Resistance FDA
ISO 24442 UVA PF In-Vivo (SPF 0 – 45)
ISO 24442 UVA PF In-Vivo (SPF 45+)
ISO 24443 UVA PF + CW (In-Vitro)
Blue Light Testing (In-Vitro)
ISO 24444 (SPF 0 – 45)
ISO 24444 (SPF 0 – 45) + Water Resistance ISO 16217:2020
ISO 24444 (SPF 0 – 45) + Water Resistance ISO 18861:2020 (40 / 80 mins)
ISO 24444 (SPF 45+)
ISO 24444 (SPF 45+) + Water Resistance ISO 16217:2020
ISO 24444 (SPF 45+) + Water Resistance ISO 18861:2020 (40 / 80 mins)
Sweat Resistance (addition to ISO 24444 / FDA Static / AS/NZS 2604)
Sand Resistance (addition to ISO 24444 / FDA Static / AS/NZS 2604)

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Formed in 2008, our fully qualified, independent team of Chartered Chemists, Toxicologists, Microbiologists and Regulatory experts specialise in formulation and testing services within the cosmetic, household goods, food and industrial sectors. We are a UKAS accredited testing laboratory offering a range of accredited and non accredited microbiological tests. Our team includes individuals with a host of industry qualifications including Fellows of the Royal Society Of Chemistry and a “Chartered” Chemist and Scientist, Members of The Society Of Cosmetic Scientists, Members of the British Toxicology Society, Members of Society of Dermatology, Members of International Society of Dermoscopy, Members of European Academy of Dermatology & Venereology (EADV) along with Chem CSci, CChem FRSC and PhD attainment. 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.

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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.

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.

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.

Unrivalled expertise. ADSL 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.

Unrivalled expertise

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.

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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."

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"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