Cosmetic products new Standard to reduce contamination

Issue 24 – February 2011

A new Standard to reduce contamination in cosmetic products is available, Cosmetics – Microbiology – Guidelines for the risk assessment and identification of microbiologically low-risk products ISO 29621:2010.

There are many ways in which a cosmetic product can be contaminated by microorganisms. These microorganisms then multiply to produce high bacterial counts that can cause adverse effects on product quality and consumer health, ranging from infections to severe allergic reactions. Cosmetic industry and regulatory agencies can use ISO 29621 to identify which levels and types of contamination represent a health hazard and which are safe.

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Published in health.