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Cosmetics Testing

Intertek offers innovative inspection, testing, advisory, training and quality assurance solutions for cosmetic, beauty and personal care products, enabling retailers, manufacturers and importers to evaluate product safety, efficacy and acceptability across the supply chain.

A general definition of cosmetics references “Any substance or preparation for human use for the purpose of cleansing, beautifying or altering the appearance commonly to include personal toiletry products (such as shampoos and lotion), beauty products and fragrances.” Cosmetic and beauty products are subject to legislative requirements globally, for instance, in Europe, the EU Cosmetics Directive (76/768/EEC) which will be replaced by the Cosmetic Products Regulation 1223/2009 from 11th July 2013 and which harmonizes and simplifies the cosmetics regulations across the EU member states, provides strict guidelines controlled by authorities in each member state. In the US, the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011 (known as HR 2359) was recently introduced in direct response to growing concern on the safety of ingredients. In China, all cosmetic and personal care products are subject to Administrative Licensing requirements.

Intertek is the only testing, inspection, and certification provider that offers cutting-edge 
clinical research studies and clinical trials for evaluation of safety, efficacy and advertising claim support. Intertek is also an expert one-stop shop for REACH-related cosmetic and chemical in-vitro testing methods.

Certain products (e.g., antiperspirants) are classified as cosmetics in some countries (EU), while in others they are regulated as over-the-counter (OTC) drugs (USA) or therapeutic goods (Australia), or treated as Quasi-drugs (Japan) or non-prescription drugs (Canada).

Intertek is an independent testing company with a global laboratory network of laboratories well-equipped to offer its customers specialist expertise, support and services in the analysis of products, raw material and consumer substrates. Intertek is the ideal partner to provide quality assured data to retailers, manufacturers and suppliers to help them understand and mitigate sources of product risk.


  • Cosmetic Testing Services 

    Related Testing Services:


    • Healthcare and Beauty Products Testing
    • Cosmetic Packaging Testing


    Not only does Intertek offer your one-stop-shop solution for these services, we also offer exclusive healthcare and beauty product research and development solutions, as well as production and supply chain strategies to ensure the utmost quality and safety of your cosmetics, toiletries, OTC drugs, therapeutic goods, and other products.

    to see how Intertek can help your organization with Cosmetics Testing.