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Clinical Testing in Cosmetics

SpecialChem / Nick Morante – Apr 23, 2009

The cosmetics industry is almost like a self-regulating body. The FDA leaves it up to the individual companies to test their products to ensure that they are safe for the consumers to use. As such, there are a certain number of tests that can be performed to verify their safety. These minimum tests are conducted as clinical evaluations on human subjects as no animal testing is being conducted in the industry. These tests include RIPT, or Repeat Insult Patch Test which is run on all products, In-Vitro Ocular if the products happen to be worn around the area of the eyes, and a complete microbiological profile. While the micro testing is not actually clinical, it is required to guarantee that nothing will survive in the product once it gets into the hands of the consumer and it is intentionally or unintentionally contaminated.The RIPT is run to show that a product will not cause any type of irritation, or allergic contact dermatitis. An example of a typical patch test is shown above...

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