Innovative nanoparticle or nanomaterial analysis and testing to support nano innovation for novel cosmetic or beauty product development

In cosmetic products, a nanomaterial has one or more external dimensions, or internal structure, in the range of 1 nm to 100 nm. Many regulatory authorities have issued guidance or legislation concerning the use/presence and notification concerning nanomaterials in cosmetic products such as the US FDA Guidance for Industry: Safety of Nanomaterials in Cosmetic Products. 

In the EU, responsible persons (i.e. manufacturers, importers) are required to register cosmetic products on the cosmetic products notification portal and this notification must specify whether the product contains nanomaterials, with their identification and the foreseeable exposure conditions in order to meet the requirements of EU Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009

Whether you are a cosmetics manufacture or importer, our cosmetic testing and nanomaterial scientists and consultants can help you to be prepared to respond to questions regarding nanomaterials present in your cosmetic products, assess potential risks associated with nanomaterials and conduct tests to rigorously ensure that cosmetics are safe for consumers.

Nanoparticle Cosmetics Characterisation: 
Our nanotechnology scientists are highly experienced in providing a range of advanced techniques to study nanosystems in cosmetics. These unparalleled characterization services ensure that clients gain detailed information about their nanotechnology application and also investigate the presence or absence of nanosystems in their cosmetic raw materials and formulated products. Examples include nanoparticulates, nano-liposomes, nanoemulsions and nanoactive species.

Nanotechnology Cosmetics Characterisation Techniques:

  • Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) to explore shape and morphology
  • SEM coupled with Energy Dispersive X-Ray Diffraction (EDAX) allows elemental information to be gained for individual particles
  • Surface area measurements and Powder X-ray Diffraction (XRD) for crystallinity/ morphology and size
  • Particle size determination (PSD) technology such as Laser Diffraction methods or Disc Centrifugation 
  • Cryo-SEM and cryo preparation preserve nano-liposome microstructure and allows imaging
  • Dynamic Light Scattering and other PSD methods to measure size of the dispersed liposomes.
  • Wide range of High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) / Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography (UPLC) detection systems to quantify the levels of active present
  • Sensitive Inductively Coupled Plasma - Optical Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-OES) or Inductively Coupled Plasma - Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) to determine trace metals and quantify nanoactives such as nanosilver

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