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Cosmetic products must meet an array of increasingly strict quality and safety requirements. Ensuring compliance across your product range, and its destination markets is complex.

SGS can help you to ensure cosmetic products meet all relevant microbiological requirements. Our experts have an in-depth understanding of the global regulatory landscape and will work with you to devise a program of microbiological testing that will assess the safety or efficacy of raw materials, components, ingredients and final products.

We can help you to understand the market and the requirements you will need to comply with.

  • International ISO Standards

    Test methods ISO Standard
    Preservative efficacy testing – Challenge test ISO 11930
    Aerobic mesophilic bacteria – Total plate count ISO 21149
    Yeast & mold ISO 16212
    Pseudomonas aeruginosa ISO 22717
    Staphylococcus aureus ISO 22718
    Candida albicans ISO 18416
    Escherichia coli ISO 21150
    Microbiology low-risk products ISO 29621
    Microbiological limits ISO 17516

  • China

    Test methods Standard
    Standard plate counts GB/T 7918.2
    Fecal coliforms GB/T 7918.3
    Pseudomonas aeruginosa GB/T 7918.4
    Staphylococcus aureus GB/T 7981.5
    Aerobic plate count, fecal coliform, staphylococcus aureus, pseudomonas aeruginosa, molds and yeast Chinese Safety and Technical Standard of Cosmetics

  • Europe

    Test methods Standard
    Preservative efficacy testing – Challenge test EN ISO 11930
    Aerobic Mesophilic Bacteria – Total plate count EN ISO 21149
    Yeast and mold EN ISO 16212
    Pseudomonas Aeruginosa EN ISO 22717
    Staphylococcus aureus EN ISO 22718
    Candida Albicans EN ISO 18416
    Escherichia coli EN ISO 21150
    Bactericidal activity EN 13727
    Bactericidal activity – Hygienic and surgical handrub and handwash EN 12054
    Total aerobic microbial count (TAMC) – Microbial limit tests EU Pharmacopeia
    Total combined yeast and molds count (TYMC) – Microbial limit tests EU Pharmacopeia
    Pseudomonas aeruginosa/staphylococcus aureus/Escherichia coli EU Pharmacopeia
    Bile-tolerant gram-negative bacteria/salmonella/clostridia/candida albicans EU Pharmacopeia
    Microbiologically low-risk products EN ISO 29621
    Microbiological limits EN ISO 17516

  • USA

    Test methods Standard
    Aerobic plate count, aerobic mold and yeast count, staphylococcus aureus, pseudomonas aeruginosa, Enterobacteriaceae, anaerobic plate count FDA-BAM Chapter 23
    Microbial limit tests: total aerobic microbial count, total combined yeasts and molds count US Pharmacopeia 61
    Pseudomonas aeruginosa/staphylococcus aureus/Escherichia coli US Pharmacopeia 62
    Bile-tolerant gram-negative bacteria/salmonella/clostridia/candida albicans US Pharmacopeia 62
    Preservative efficacy testing – Challenge test US Pharmacopeia 51

  • Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)

    Test methods Standard
    Preservative efficacy test ASEAN ACM MAL 08

  • India

    Test methods Standard
    Total plate count, aerobic mesophilic bacteria IS 14648
    Yeast and mold IS 14648
    Pseudomonas aeruginosa IS 14648
    Staphylococcus aureus IS 14648
    Candida albicans IS 14648
    Escherichia coli IS 14648

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