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Free of microbial contamination is one of the basic safety requirements for cosmetic products. Recall cases due to microbial contamination are frequently observed from the EU RAPEX or US FDA.  
In order to safeguard your products, there are different methods for analysis of microbial contamination, such as USP, Eu Pharmacopeia, PCPC (formerly named as CTFA) and COLIPA etc.

Today, we are delighted to introduce the recently established microbial testing methods tailor-made for cosmetic products:
ISO NormTitleISO 16212:2008Cosmetic – Microbiology – Enumeration of yeast and mould
ISO 18415:2007Cosmetic – Microbiology – Detection of specified and non-specified microorganisms
ISO 18416:2007Cosmetic – Microbiology – Detection of Candida albicans
ISO 21149:2006Cosmetic – Microbiology – Enumeration and detection of aerobic mesophilic bacteria
ISO 21150:2006Cosmetic – Microbiology – Detection of Escherichia coli
ISO 22717:2006Cosmetic – Microbiology – Detection of Pseudomonas aeruginosa
ISO 22718:2006Cosmetic – Microbiology – Detection of Staphylococcus aureus The above ISO standards give guidelines for the detection and identification of the specified micro-organisms, including common pathogens and fungi.
We are able to provide microbial determination for cosmetic products according to ISO standards and the result would be recognized worldwide, including major markets such as US, EU, AEAN, Canada and Australia.
If you are interested in our new ISO microbial testing services for cosmetic products, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
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