Dermatology Studies for Cosmetics and Beauty Products

Dermatology trials for cosmetics and consumer products supporting your efficacy, claim substantiation and safety testing, helping you to innovate to gain a marketplace advantage

Rigorous dermatology studies are required to facilitate continual innovation to improve or introduce new skin care, cosmetic or beauty products to the market in order to assess their safety and efficacy. Consumer safety and satisfaction are key to bringing new or improved products to market and these can only be established through, scientifically credible dermatology trials.

Intertek’s dermatology experts conduct trials for cosmetics, beauty, personal care products and consumer devices. Working from a risk based approach; our dermatologists design bespoke protocols for your product and its intended use, generating cost-efficient and highly credible clinical trial data.

Our dermatology trials for cosmetics are focused on supporting your product development through evidence-based dermatological efficacy testing and claims substantiation studies. Our dermatology experts work to the European Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association (COLIPA) guidelines including the Guidelines for the Evaluation of the Efficacy of Cosmetic Products, Guidelines on the Management of Undesirable Event Reports, Product Test Guidelines for the Assessment of Human Skin Compatibility and the Guidelines for the Safety Assessment of a Cosmetic Product.

We offer dermal safety studies to confirm the safety of your skincare products during and after development including normal in-use safety studies and exaggerated use conditions. Intertek has a wealth of experience in safety evaluations including patch testing for primary irritation, cumulative irritation and sensitisation studies. We can also provide phototoxicity and photosensitisation screening to test for irritancy and/or allergy potential following exposures to UV light. We offer expertise in dermatological studies for antiperspirant and deodorants, anti-ageing cosmetic products and foot care.

We offer a range of measurement techniques including visual assessments conducted by trained assessors, instrumental measures and clinical image capture and analysis. These capabilities are underpinned by tissue sampling and bioanalysis in laboratories which hold a Human Tissue Licence from the UK Human Tissue Authority.

Our mission is to provide our trial participants with excellent professional care, and provide our sponsors with the highest quality research services. With Intertek Clinical Research Services as your dermatology trial partner we can accelerate your product development through scientifically credible dermatology trials, delivered consistently with precision, pace and passion.


Intertek dermatology clinical facilities comprise five sites in the UK that offer an optimal blend of practicality and flexibility. All sites have the capability to accommodate studies in different indications with high quality clinical spaces including private examination rooms, interview areas, sample preparation and dosing stations. The versatility of our sites and staff allow us to maximize project scheduling opportunities by providing equivalent facilities and skills across a variety of locations.

We have a strong participant recruitment resource and maintain one of Europe’s largest characterised databases of over 12,000 pre-qualified volunteers to facilitate prompt recruitment for large and complex studies. Volunteers are characterised by a number of therapeutic areas such as skin type (based on the Fitzpatrick scale) and skin condition (e.g. dry skin). We can also select subjects based on habits and attitudes for use in home placement tests, central location use test, consumer use and preference studies and also research discussion groups.

Dermatology and Consumer Healthcare Services:

Need help or have a question? +44 (0) 151 347 4810

Need help or have a question?

+44 (0) 151 347 4810
Wirral (UK):
+44 (0) 151 347 4810