Cosmetic Products Prohibited and Controlled Ingredients Testing

Manufacturers, distributors and importers of personal care and beauty products must satisfy the regulations and guidelines for the control of contaminants and ingredients in products, as detailed in the EU Cosmetics Regulation (EC) n°1223/2009

Intertek offers cost effective testing programs in accordance with official European methodology to meet our client’s individual needs. Services include screening and testing of products for substances on the prohibited substances list, substances that can be used only in specified circumstances. Routine analysis services are available for a range of common contaminants including:

Free Formaldehyde Quantification:
Formaldehyde and related substances which liberate formaldehyde are commonly used as preservatives in cosmetic products and approved in the Regulation however the presence of free formaldehyde in a product is restricted. Approved Methodology: High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) with post column derivatisation. 
1,4-Dioxane Quantification: Although its use is banned, 1,4-Dioxane can be generated during the manufacture of ethoxylated surfactants, e.g. Sodium laureth sulfate, or sodium lauryl ether sulfate (SLES), commonly found in shampoos and bath products. Approved Methodology: Headspace Gas Chromatography- Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS).

Heavy Metals Determination: Mercury, Arsenic, Cadmium, Lead and other heavy metals are banned from use in cosmetic products. However, they are naturally occurring elements and minute traces may be carried into the product during manufacture. Approved Methodology: Appropriate pre-treatment and Inductively Coupled Plasma - Optical Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-OES) or Inductively Coupled Plasma - Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS)

Parabens and Phenoxyethanol:
Parabens and Phenoxyethanol are well known and accepted preservatives in cosmetics and have been in use for over 50 years. Use of these substances is approved and controlled by the EU Regulation. Approved Methodology: HPLC

26 Fragrance Allergens: 
Labelling the presence of 26 fragrance allergens in cosmetic products is a legal requirement; specifically 0.001% for leave-on products and 0.01% for rinse-off products. Approved Methodology: GC-MS 

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