Quality and effectiveness
Cosmetic products sold in the EU comply with one of the strictest regulatory standards in the world, EU Regulation 1223/2009 on cosmetic products. With over 150 pages, it governs the entire cosmetics industry to guarantee that the products sold in Europe are effective, good quality and safe for the consumer.
How is the quality of cosmetics guaranteed?
All companies must comply with manufacturing best practices. For this, they are guided by the international standard ISO 22716. This standard covers the Directives, which provide practical and organisational advice on managing the human, technical and administrative factors affecting product quality.
Also, an essential part of quality control is checking whether our preservatives are effective. This is tested by a general microbiological analysis to analyse the quality of cosmetics, known as the “challenge test”. Standard ISO 11930:2012 establishes guidelines for this type of analysis for cosmetic products.
Microbiological tests are standardised and subject to quality protocols and regulations governing their execution, paying special attention to the microbiological specifications of these products.
Are cosmetic products effective?
The answer is YES! Any manufacturer or vendor of cosmetic products is legally required by cosmetics regulations to provide all the evidence needed to justify claims for any cosmetic product.
Are you aware of EU Commission Regulation 655/2013 on the justification of claims made for cosmetic products?
It establishes six common criteria to be met by all claims made on labels and in marketing and advertising for cosmetic products. What are these criteria?
- Legal compliance
- Evidential support
- Informed decision-making
How can manufacturers demonstrate the effectiveness of their products?
These tests use different types of experimental studies (in vitro, in vivo and in silico studies, with instrumental or biochemical methods, studies conducted on volunteers, investigator evaluations, sensory evaluations, etc.) to provide data on the performance of cosmetic products.
We must not forget that there is a great deal of innovation in the world of cosmetics in ingredients, forms and the effects sought, and therefore the techniques testing all these effects must evolve in parallel.