Molecular Testing solutions for Cosmetics, Cosmetic testing, Microbiome analysis, Microbiome friendly, Species Indentification services, Pathogen Detection

Molecular Solutions for Cosmetics

Accurate microorganism identification benefits QA & QC processes. QACS scientific instructions and solutions resolve causes of microbial contamination, through investigation of the microbiological origin and analysis of the deeper causes upon request.  DNA Microlab provides species level identification and information for the origin of a microorganism, its habits, possible pathogenicity and its vulnerabilities.

DNA identification techniques present a reliability advantage over other methods e.g. APIs that are metabolic. MALTI TOF or other immunochemical methods.

In addition to the micro-organism species name, information on the ecology, classification, growth conditions and possible pathogenesis are provided.

Increasing legislative demands and regulatory bodies challenge microbial-free production procedures. Sometimes, the use of antibacterial, bacteriostatic or bactericidal preservatives is not enough. Consequently, the quality system must ensure the absence of microbial contamination from production areas and subsequently from finished products. To do so, a constant monitoring system should be established, and corrective actions should be taken for continuous improvement. Labs undertake the Environmental monitoring by swabs, air monitoring, microbiological analysis of row material or water with our specialized personnel.

Microbes isolated from finished products, ingredients, water samples and production areas, are candidates for identification. Especially if their numbers exceed alert or action limits. The name of the species of the microorganism could play a significant role in the investigation of its source and in the root cause analysis. We offer scientific guidance and solutions to further facilitate the microorganism’s investigation and proceed to root cause analysis of any microbial contamination.

Worldwide pathogenic bacteria are of growing public health concern. We perform fast (24h) and accurate pathogen detection via Real Time PCR to ensure the product’s safety.

Pathogenic bacteria of the genus Salmonella, Listeria, Shigella and others after enrichment are detected in 24h via Real Time PCR.

Skin is an ecosystem. It is inhabited by millions of microbe’s which consist the skin’s flora e.g. microbiome. Various factors like age, sex, the use of antibiotics, cosmetics, soaps, sanitizers, disinfectants, personal care products, hygiene or even diet can influence the skin microbiome’s delicate balance and diversity. Unwanted alteration of the skin microbiota can cause roughness, irritation, dermatitis, acne, allergies, discolorations etc.

Based on long efficacy testing experience and molecular biology tools, we offer suitable clinical trials for your product microbiome claims in the form of customized microbiome protocols. Our dedicated team of scientists (dermatologists, microbiologists and molecular biologists) offers a variety of options to address your products needs and budget. We use classical microbiology and DNA identification via Sanger Sequencing of the isolates or Next Generation Sequencing according to the depth that you need to analyze to support your claim. DNA Microlab, member of QACS:

  • designs the trial
  • finds prerequisite suitable volunteers for your product
  • conducts sampling and physico-chemical skin measurements during  trial
  • analyzes samples
  • interpreters the results, giving you a dossier to substantiate claims
  • Animal species detection

For HALAL and VEGAN claims, labs analyze products with the most sensitive and reliable molecular method ever created, Real Time PCR with detection limits below 0,1% for the presence of pork or meat DNA.

  • DNA Barcoding

Genetic identity e.g. Barcoding is a powerful tool in favor of botanical authenticity. By analyzing and “reading” a piece of DNA containing the plant genetic identity, an indisputable “DNA certificate” of the species of the organism is obtained. In this way, the product or raw material acquires a seal of authenticity and the producer or distributor is protected from counterfeiting (replacement of part or all of it by another product of lower value) and the product acquires a higher added value.

Our highly engaged team of scientists will provide all the necessary information based on your products needs in cost efficient prices. For custom cosmetic testing laboratory solutions, contact us here, email at info@qacs.gr or give a call at + (30) 210 29 34745