Product safety is one of the primary concerns for all legal authorities, suppliers and customers when it comes to cosmetics. Undoubtedly, the responsibility of producers is to ensure that each commodity offered is suitable for customers. Brand integrity and product consistency are also determined by this. Customers expect the product they purchase to be effective and to adhere to its description. The better the quality perceived is the better it is for the brand’s image and sales.
Definition of Cosmetic
A cosmetic product includes any material or formulation meant to come into contact with the different outer parts of the human body (epidermis, hair system, nails, lips and external genital organs) or with the teeth and mucous membranes of the oral cavity for the main or primary purpose of cleaning, perfuming, modifying the appearance and/or correcting the odours of the body and/or for the purpose of cleansing them.
What is Cosmetic and Personal Care Products Registration?
Since consumer safety is the primary principle of cosmetics registration, this process allows the Consumer Products Safety Section (CPSS) at Dubai Municipality (DM) to gather adequate information to assess the safety of cosmetic products. It is necessary to emphasize that no cosmetic product shall be manufactured, imported, exported, advertised, sold or distributed in Dubai unless it has been registered in accordance with DM regulation. Dubai Central Laboratory Department (DCLD) has a separate department for testing of consumer products. Cosmetics and personal care product testing are done in the Consumer Products and Commodities Laboratory Section.
Product Testing: How to Make Sure Your Product is Safe?
Depending upon the type, claims and whether it is considered as a medication or not, product tests will be different. A list of the most popular tests to guarantee that your cosmetic product is suitable for customer use is listed below.
Every product contains numerous microorganisms which, throughout its usage, may be harmful to consumers. By using a product, consumers can carry bacteria that will alter the product and make it toxic, combined with other chemicals. Microbiological testing enables producers to review the preservative formulation method to guarantee that it is free from the development of any undesirable microorganisms.
Product samples were examined using numerous techniques that highlight the existence of microbes, yeast or fungus. In order to identify the possibility of the development of dangerous microorganisms, the sample is often subjected to a Challenge Test, often known as the Preservative Effectiveness Test (PET).
A cosmetic substance can be modified to become harmful for users based on environmental factors. Through the stability test, manufacturers are able to guarantee that the product retains its feature, physical aspect, and its chemical and microbiological consistency throughout its shelf life and customer usage. To assess the stability and functional integrity, product samples are placed under real conditions-no alteration of colour, odour or other physical elements. It also helps producers to measure warehouse conditions and the shelf life of the commodity.
Safety and Toxicological Testing
In order to guarantee that the raw materials and the final product do not pose any hazard to the customer, producers must carry out a safety evaluation requiring a toxicology test. It enables them to assess if, as used by consumers, certain chemicals in the product and their mixtures pose a risk. Or in contact with skin and eyes, many measures are used to highlight the product effect: skin inflammation, oxidation, penetration and sensitization (Patch testing), eye corrosion and irritation.
The main and key reason why a customer chooses to purchase a product is what it claims, what its purpose is, and the results after its use. To explain product claims to ensure that they are accurate, performance testing is performed. The functionality, durability, reliability and efficiency of the product are checked. It applies to ads and packaging since it is significant to ensure everything you are going to promote. For starters, if you advertise that your hairspray would give volume to the hair of the client, you must do an acceptable test to prove it.
Compatibility Testing with Packaging
Packaging should also be checked in comparison to substance inspection and, in particular, when in contact with the final product. It is possible for chemicals to interfere with other compounds or products which could pose a danger to customers. The consistency examination shall verify if there are any corrosive effects between product composition and packaging, any differences in the operation of the product or any changes in the aesthetics of the product arising from interaction with the packaging materials.
In order to maintain quality protection and provide greater clarity to buyers, several other checks should be performed. All reports of the tests must be properly collected and maintained as they would be needed if the facility is investigated.
Conformity Certificate for Cosmetics Products
In order to market and import cosmetic goods in the UAE, the vendor and producer must have a certificate of compliance with the UAE Conformity Evaluation Scheme for cosmetic products (ECAS).
- Valid UAE Industry/Trade License.
- Registration certificate for Industrial Measurement System
- Test Report from an accredited and recognized laboratory according to Gulf standard, UAE.S GSO 1943
- Formula Declaration with ingredients and percentage issued by the manufacturer.
- For Imported Products: Free sale certificate on the manufacturer letterhead (Legalization is not mandatory and Third-party certificate is accepted as well)
- Representative artwork, Label of the product. according to Annex No. 1 of the cabinet resolution No. 18 of 2014
- Product safety report according to Annex No. 3 of the cabinet resolution No. 18 of 2014
- Electronic Declaration of Conformity.
- Certification Fees
How We Can Help You
Testing of cosmetics and personal care items is an important move that a professional consulting firm can easily carry out. Hence, contacting Riz and Mona Consultancy is the only better solution in this situation. The following facilities are rendered by us:
- Examination of the product documentation that takes into consideration the specific specifications of the relevant Dubai rules and guidelines
- Product testing in conformity with the recommendations provided by the UAE government
- Examination of the marking of your goods in keeping with the Dubai Cosmetics Law and relevant Dubai Municipality Guidelines
- Help for the completion of the file with product details (PIF)
- The laboratory management company for our external member businesses
- Absolute instructions on choosing the best position according to the form of cosmetic product
- Continuous assistance right after completion of the method of registration
All you have to do is book an appointment with our experts and sit back and concentrate on your business.