Microbial Control Limits of Cosmetics

Microbial contamination in cosmetics may cause spoilage or chemical changes, hence rendering the products unsafe to the user.

Common test methods include:

  • United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Chapter <61>
  • British Pharmacopoeia (BP) Appendix XVIB
  • European Pharmacopoeia (EP) Chapters 2.6.2 and 2.6.3
  • United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Bacteriological Analytical Manual Chapter 23
  • Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association (CTFA) Microbiology Guidelines, 
  • European Cosmetic Toiletry and Perfumery Association (Colipa) Guidelines on Microbial Quality Management

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