Overview of Cosmetic Sample Testing
Personal care is an indispensable part of everyone's routine, where cosmetic product plays a huge role. From basic hygiene to aesthetic enhancement or cosmeceuticals, cosmetics cater to everyone's healthcare needs. To meet the basic need of the people of our country, many cosmetics are manufactured as well as imported into India. And all manufactured and imported cosmetics undergo quality assurance and quality control checks before reaching the customers.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of the Indian Government ensures the safety and efficacy of all cosmetic products and also analyse if the products comply with the set standards. And thus, it is essentially mandatory to conduct cosmetic sample testing for every manufacturer or importer before applying for the registration of their cosmetic products.
Cosmetic sample testing is performed as per the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) requirements and other criteria for imported cosmetic product registration. Moreover, such products must meet the requirements of the manufacturer, buyer and consumers. The quantity of samples of cosmetic products is enough for undergoing all cosmetic testing procedures. However, it must include the amount needed for repetition and retention. So, the final quantity is determined based on the overall tests that have been performed on the cosmetic sample product.
Benefits of Cosmetic Sample Testing
Following are the benefits of Cosmetic sample testing:
Other benefits for the human body that comes after proper cosmetic sample testing are as follows:
Various Tests under Cosmetic Sample Testing
The followings are various tests that are conducted while ensuring that cosmetic products are safe for use:
- Microbiological Test
Cosmetic manufacturers must check that their cosmetic products are free from the growth of microorganisms. The sample of the cosmetic product is also passed through a Preservative Effectiveness Test to check the presence of bacteria, yeast and fungi.
- Stability and Toxicology Testing
Most cosmetic sample testing labs in India test such products for their stability to gauge whether, during their shelf-life and while being in use, the product maintains its function, physical, chemical and microbiological aspects or not.
Cosmetics toxicology tests are performed to check whether any substance of the product or its mixture is harmful to the skin or its potential uses. Its impact is tested majorly for the eye and skin of the customer.
- Performance Testing
Cosmetic product sample testing involves testing the products with respect to their functionality, performance, usability and durability.
Requirements for Cosmetic Sample Testing
Following are the essential requirements for conducting Cosmetic Sample Testing:
Procedure of Cosmetic Sample Testing
Following is the complete process for cosmetic sample testing:
Checking the regulatory status of the recognised testing laboratory. After that, test reports are prepared.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Synthetic fragrances
- Contaminants or impurities