Microbiological safety of cosmetic products

By law, cosmetic products and their raw materials – particularly water – and their production conditions do not need to be sterile. What must be ensured, however, is that the microorganisms present in a product do not adversely affect consumer safety or product quality.

Therefore, the international standard DIN EN ISO 17516 derives quantitative and/or qualitative microbiological limit values for cosmetic end products. In addition, it provides decision guidance for assessing the microbiological safety of cosmetic products and provides instructions for action in the event of non-compliance.

To ensure that producers of decorative and care cosmetics can be sure that their products meet the standards of DIN EN ISO 17516, WESSLING provides comprehensive expert advice and laboratory analysis from a single source.

In the field of microbiological safety of cosmetic products, our services include:

  • Determination of aerobic mesophilic microorganisms, such as bacteria, yeasts, and moulds
  • Determination of specified microorganisms, for example, Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Candida albicans
  • Determination of other relevant microorganisms, such as Pluralibacter gergoviae, Burkholderia cepacia, Serratia marcescens, Aspergillus brasiliensis, etc.
  • Identification of unknown microorganisms by means of MALDI-TOF-MS

You will find further information on our service portfolio in the field of microbiological analyses for cosmetics here

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