Introduction to Cosmetics Samples Testing Requirements
Under the influence of western culture, physical appearance has become the utmost concern for every person. Personal care is an indispensible part of our routine where cosmetic products play a large role. Be it for basic hygiene, to aesthetic enhancement or cosmeceuticals, there are cosmetics to cater to every healthcare need available today. To meet the diverse requirements of the Indian population, many cosmetic products are imported in to India. The indigenously manufactured as well as imported products undergo a stringent quality assurance and quality control check before they reach the consumer. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in India ensures the safety and efficacy of all these products as well as analyzes if the product complies with the set quality standards. Moreover, it is compulsory to get the sample tested before filing for cosmetic product’s registration certificate. Such a testing requires tedious practical as well as documentary work. Cosmetics Consultants India Pty provide all such services under a single roof. Our team is skillful and experienced with an expertise in facing and overcoming challenges associated with Indian regulatory procedures. We provide hassle free, reliable, and smooth cosmetic sample testing services, right from testing in certified laboratories to the penning down of results in the form of a document.
Cosmetics Sample Testing as per BIS
As Mandated by CDSCO, an ingredient list or Composition sheet of all ingredients in a product is required to be submitted along with a qualitative and quantitative breakdown of each Ingredient. This requirement is clubbed with the Requirements imposed by the Bureau of Indian Standards. As per Bureau of indian Standards IS 4707 Part II, which lists the substances which cosmetics products must not contain in except the restrictions and Conditions laid down by the BIS.This helps CDSCO to ensure that the ingredients used in the products follow the Bureau of Indian standards Guidelines for Maximum percentages allowed for certain ingredients. For Instance Salicylic Acid allowed percentage to be part of a Cosmetics product is 2% only.
The Said Standards issued by BIS is for Both Imported Cosmetics as well as for Cosmetics Products Manufactured in India.
We at Cosmetics Consultants India Pty, Ensure that the Compositions submitted are as per Acceptable Guidelines laid down by Bureau of Indian Standards IS 4707 and as per Acceptance of CDSCO for Cosmetics Registration in Form COS-2.
The cosmetic product testing should be performed as per Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) requirements as well to meet the criteria for imported cosmetic product registration. Moreover, it should also meet the specifications as per manufacturer, buyer and consumer.
The sample testing includes the following:
- Physical and chemical analysis of raw materials and active ingredients;
- Safety tests to assess the presence of heavy metals in cosmetics, banned colours and chemicals;
- Microbiological quality check to ensure the absence of microbial counts and pathogens;
- Qualitative and quantitative estimation of active ingredients;
- Physical testing which includes parameters such as viscosity, spread-ability, scratch test, pay-off test;
- Estimation of sun protection factor;
- Skin irritation and sensitivity studies;
- Stability testing, shelf life determination, etc.
Professional Consultant for Cosmetics Sample Testing
One of the important and mandatory documents required during registration of imported cosmetics is Certificate of Analysis.
The Certificate of Analysis of all products have to be submitted to the Cosmetic division of CDSCO as part of regulatory dossier accompanying application for registration of cosmetics.
Cosmetic Products have to comply with the specifications prescribed under Schedule S and Schedule Q or any other standard of quality and safety of CDSCO & BIS from time to time . No cosmetic shall be imported unless it complies with the specifications prescribed under Schedule S and Schedule Q or any other standards of quality and safety applicable to it, and other provisions under the rules.
Schedule S: Finished products specific standards as per Bureau of Indian Standards. The following cosmetics in finished form shall conform to the Indian Standards specifications laid down from time to time by BIS (+30) Skin Powders. / Skin Powder for infants./ Tooth Powder./ Toothpaste./ Skin Creams. / Hair Oils. /Shampoo, Soap-based. / Shampoo, Synthetic-Detergent based. / Hair Creams. / Oxidation hair dyes, Liquid. / Cologne./ Nail Polish (Nail Enamel). / After Shave Lotion. / Pomades and Brilliantines. / Depilatories Chemical. / Shaving Creams. / Cosmetic Pencils. / Lipstick. / Toilet Soap. / Liquid Toilet Soap./ Baby Toilet Soap. / Shaving Soap. / Transparent Toilet Soap./ Lipsalve / Powder Hair Dye / Bindi (Liquid). / Kum Kum Powder / Henna Powder …etc.
In order to assist its clients, Cosmetics Consultants India Pty has partnered with respectable NABL approved laboratories so that the testing of products and generation of Certificate of Analysis can be carried out as per standards specified in the Bureau of Indian Standards.
Cosmetics Consultants India Pty partner laboratories are carefully selected by Cosmetics Consultants India Pty, well qualified , have necessary government acceredations, and provide preferential pricing to Cosmetics Consultants India Pty clients because of the long term relationship of Cosmetics Consultants India Pty and such laboratories.
Cosmetics Consultants India Pty: A helping hand
- We offer the facility of developing cosmetic testing protocols as per regulatory authorities.
- We offer a cost effective support in dealing with regulatory issues.
- We offer the facility to get the sample testing done in FDA and CDSCO (under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act) certified laboratories which have gained expertise, experience and are renowned repository of standardization methods as well as testing equipments.
- We comply to the standards and instructions of regulatory authorities, with an aim to support the client in getting their samples tested.
- We ensure timely delivery of reports to the client as well as regulatory authorities.
- Complete client satisfaction is our motto and we adhere to it during the procedure as well as post procedure.
- Our end to end services keep the client tension free, but he is updated regarding the status of the testing procedure.
NOC for Import of Cosmetics for Testing
A “NO OBJECTION CERTIFICATE” permission is required to be take prior to import of cosmetics for R&D purposes Like Packaging Trials, Consumer Studies, Shelf Life Studies And Transport Studies.
As per CDSCO Regulation Any product Imported in Country must be Registered with CDSCO, However for Purpose of Research and Development activities such as Packaging Trials, Consumer studies and Transport Studies Registration certificate is not Mandatory, Such approvals has to be taken at Concerned Port offices from Customs itself.Written Application to Port Offices must be Submitted for approval from Customs for Clearance of Consignments for Import of such activities.
COSMETICS CONSULTANTS INDIA PTY – KNOWLEDGEABLE & RESOURCEFUL
Preparing regulatory documents is a time consuming and meticulous exercise. As an Importer or Brand Owner, you must be already engrossed in various business aspects prior to launch of a brand in India.
An incorrect understanding of how to apply for the Cosmetics Import Registration or if a mistake is made, it can lead to complete delay in business plan, overheads, financial planning issues as well as supply chain disruption.
We provide the foreign manufacturers or their Indian Agents our timely services of perfect Cosmetics Regulatory Compliances, Imports Registrations and Marketing Consultancy with unquestionable professional ethics and up-to-the-minute knowledge and resources.