Mérieux NutriSciences - Quality check

The quality control of cosmetic products is important to ensure both safety and high performance of the formulations and raw materials to verify that these characteristics remain constant over time.

From raw materials to finished cosmetic products, Mérieux NutriSciences performs a complete range of tests to verify that all the features meet the requirements: this is the assessment of compliance.

Quantification and characterization of actives and cosmetic ingredients:

  • Claim support
  • Regulatory compliance

Characterization of odours

  • Analysis of volatile compounds in aromatic/volatile compounds, fragrances and essential oils
  • Allergenic substances present in cosmetics
  • Off-flavors analysis

Determination of prohibited and restricted substances according to European Regulation:

  • Prohibited substances as listed in Annex II;
  • Restricted substances as listed in Annex III (metals - Ni, Cr, Cd, Hg, Pb, As, Sb and others, formaldehyde, NDELA, dioxane, PAH, phthalates, allergens, etc.).
  • Colours
  • Preservatives
  • UV filters

Determination of prohibited and restricted substances as listed in international rules.

Our laboratories are accredited for ISO and GMP and perform a wide range of chemical and physical analyses of cosmetic products; the equipment includes HS GC-MS / FID, HLPC-DAD, LC-MS and ICP-AES.

Specific tests upon request: Mérieux NutriSciences also performs further studies and tests to detect substances that can be prohibited or restricted in different countries.


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All our Tests and Services

 Full range of scientific tests to support your safety evaluations.

Clinical evaluations in order to demonstrate the efficacy of your product.

Wide range of chemical and physical analyses of cosmetic products in accordance with ICH guidelines.

Characterization and quantification of microorganisms in final cosmetic and personal care products, in intermediate products and for the control of manufacturing environments. We conduct tests to assess the efficiency of antimicrobial preservation agents, as well as sterility and bioburden tests.

To ensure that your products meet quality standards when stored under proper conditions, a safety and stability assessment is required. Mérieux NutriSciences provides a full complement of customizable analytical methods in order to respond to customer requirements on a case-by-case basis. 

OTC (over-the-counter) medicines are safe and effective drugs used by the general public without prior recourse to a healthcare professional. OTCs must be manufactured and controlled in accordance with cGMP requirements for pharmaceuticals for human consumption. 

Mérieux NutriSciences can help with cGMP compliance in relation to the following:

  • Method development and validation
  • Quality control
  • Stability testing

Human skin is a complex ecosystem with various micro-environmental conditions and skin microbial communities, and it is the home to millions of bacteria, fungi and viruses which compose the skin microbiota.
Skin microbiota is extremely important to the skin health and it plays an essential role in skin protection against external infectious or toxic substances.

Discover more about our services for the Skin Microbiome


Thanks to its attention to these issues, Mérieux NutriSciences is able to offer a service dedicated to the cosmetic industry: it does not only concern the finished product, but also the packaging.

Consumer’s satisfaction and the “Wow effect”

One of the fundamental ingredients to make a product successful is customer’s satisfaction; however, how can their needs be anticipated? Sensory analysis and market research are a sound support in this field.