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Microbiological Specifications Test

Test microbiological quality of your product and ensure it meets the requirements for safe use.

Microbiological Specifications Test


Cosmetic products need to be of an appropriate microbiological quality and free of certain pathogens when they’re produced. Therefore each batch of cosmetic products needs to undergo the microbiological specifications test. Microbiological Specifications Test includes testing of:

  • Total aerobic mesophilic bacteria,
  • Enumeration of yeast and mold,
  • Escherichia Coli,
  • Staphylococcus aureus,
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa,
  • and Candida albicans.



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Microbiological Specifications Test is required in the following countries:

Non-exhaustive list

Which products do or don’t require it?

Microbiological quality of cosmetic products needs to be monitored for all cosmetic products except:

  • Products containing more than 20% alcohol
  • Products based on organic solvents
  • Products with a pH below 3 or above 10
  • Products that are filled in containers at more than 65 degrees Celsius and have a low water
    activity (u 0,75 a)

Which legislations require it?

Microbiological Specifications test is required by the legislations of the following countries or groups of countries/regions (the list may not be exhaustive):

  • European Union and EEA: consisting of the 27 EU member states as well as Liechtenstein, Norway and Iceland
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • Turkey
  • Israel
  • Serbia
  • Gulf Cooperation Council countries: Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman
  • ASEAN countries: Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Brunei, Myanmar, Laos
  • South Africa
  • New Zealand: it’s a standard to provide the microbiological specifications, but it’s not mandatory
  • South Korea: needs to be done by a manufacturing facility in Korea or a lab certified by KFDA
  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Mexico
Testing procedure

Microbiological specifications of the finished cosmetic product have to include the total count of aerobic mesophilic microorganisms (bacteria plus yeast and mould) and results for most common pathogens.

For products, which are specifically intended for children under three years of age, the eye area or the mucous membranes, the total aerobic mesophilic microorganisms should not exceed 100 CFU per g or ml.

For other cosmetics, the limit is set a bit higher – 1000 CFU per g or ml.

In addition to the total count of bacteria as well as yeast and mould, products have to be tested for the most common pathogens, for example Escherichia Coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Candida albicans.

The absence of these four pathogens in 1 g or 1 ml has to be proven.


The timeline of the microbiological specifications test is three days.

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Once we receive the samples, we will confirm the date when the testing will be completed and when you will receive the testing results

Testing results

When the tests are completed, we will send you the testing results via email

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