Clinical Testing

Clinical Testing for Cosmetics

To assess the safety and efficacy of your cosmetic products and support your marketing claims, we perform clinical testing for cosmetics. All the QACS Laboratory clinical tests are conducted under the best scientific practices. We have expanded our clinical testing protocols to include more clinical tests, instruments and volunteers.

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What we test for

We offer standard and custom-made protocols to support the marketing claims on your products.

We test the efficacy of your products for:

  • Moisture
  • Wrinkles
  • Skin texture and elasticity
  • Skin whitening
  • Pores and UV/brown spots
  • Porphyrins and redness
  • Sebum

We also perform:

  • Depilation and epilation tests
  • Ophthalmological tests
  • In-use tests

Discover our comprehensive list of cosmetic efficacy tests.

We maintain a pool of more than 800 volunteers, male or female, aged 18 to 65, covering a wide range of specific characteristics (e.g. sensitive skin, contact lens wearers, etc.).

Skin type diversity facilitates all types of cosmetic efficacy testing and enables you to support your product claims.

You can also customise your test panel depending on your needs.

We obtain clinical test results using state-of-the-art technical equipment:

  • Courage + Khazaka electronic GmbH
  • Delfin
  • VISIA Complexion Analysis System

Throughout the study, we provide evaluation by expert dermatologists and ophthalmologists.

At the end of the study, you receive a final report, which includes:

  • Documented opinion on the panel.
  • Data interpretation and statistical analysis.
  • Questionnaires upon request.
  • High-resolution images of the skin surface for marketing purposes upon request.

If you are based in the EU, we offer 24-hour courier service.

To provide the highest possible quality for your products, we comply with the following regulatory requirements:

  • Colipa Guidelines on Efficacy Evaluation of Cosmetic Products
  • ISO 9001 quality management system

Which clinical tests we perform

We provide in vivo testing services for our clinical tests. Our experienced scientists determine the best and most cost-efficient cosmetic efficacy test for you.

We assess the hydration capacity of cosmetic products on a selected panel of volunteers.

Under the supervision of our dermatologists:

  • We carry out instrumental moisture measurements and employ sensorial methods.
  • We statistically interpret all measurements.

We perform two types of tests:

  • 2-hour moisture (Moisture Meter SC or Corneometer® CM 825)
  • 1-week moisture (Moisture Meter SC or Corneometer® CM)

We assess the ophthalmological and palpebral tolerance of cosmetic products after a 14-day application period. We conduct a product in-use test under the supervision of a qualified ophthalmologist.

If the results are satisfactory, the claim “ophthalmologically tested” can be written on the label.

We evaluate the effect of cosmetic products on wrinkles using the VISIA Complexion Analysis System.

Under the supervision of our dermatologists:

  • We carry out instrumental wrinkle and fine-line depth measurements.
  • We statistically interpret all measurements.
  • We perform clinical evaluation.
  • We take before and after photographs.
  • We provide auto-evaluation reports compiled by the selected panel of volunteers (in-use test, questionnaires).

We evaluate the elasticity effect of cosmetic products on the skin using an ElastiMeter.

Under the supervision of our dermatologists:

  • We carry out instrumental elasticity measurements and employ sensorial methods.
  • We statistically interpret all measurements.
  • We perform clinical evaluation.
  • We provide auto-evaluation reports compiled by the selected panel of volunteers (in-use test, questionnaires).

We evaluate skin colour using the VISIA Complexion Analysis System.

Under the supervision of our dermatologists:

  • We perform clinical evaluation.
  • We take before and after photographs.
  • We provide auto-evaluation reports compiled by the selected panel of volunteers (in-use test, questionnaires).

We provide evidence on the comedolytic action and non-comedogenicity of cosmetic products using the Sebumeter® or Sebutape®.

Under the supervision of our dermatologists:

  • We assess the products based on an assessment scale.
  • We use standardised digital imaging and picture comparison computer software.
  • We statistically interpret all measurements.
  • We take before and after photographs.

We assess the effect of cosmetic products on the secretion level of sebum.

Under the supervision of our dermatologists:

  • We carry out instrumental sebum measurements and employ sensorial methods.
  • We statistically interpret all sebum measurements.

We perform two types of tests:

  • Sebum in-use test (Sebumeter® SM 815)
  • Desquamation test (Corneofix® F 20)

We assess the anti-dandruff effect of cosmetic products using anti-dandruff desquamation (Corneofix® F 20).

Under the supervision of our dermatologists:

  • We perform clinical evaluation.
  • We take before and after dermatoscopy images.
  • We provide auto-evaluation reports compiled by the selected panel of volunteers (in-use test, questionnaires).

We assess redness reduction properties of cosmetic products on the face using the VISIA Complexion Analysis System.

Under the supervision of our dermatologists:

  • We carry out instrumental red-area measurements.
  • We statistically interpret all measurements.
  • We perform clinical evaluation.
  • We take before and after photographs.
  • We provide auto-evaluation reports compiled by the selected panel of volunteers (in-use test, questionnaires).

We assess the efficacy of epilating wax and measure hair growth using a dermatoscope.

Under the supervision of our dermatologists:

  • We perform clinical evaluation.
  • We carry out before and after assessment.
  • We provide auto-evaluation reports compiled by the selected panel of volunteers (in-use test, questionnaires).

How much do the clinical tests cost?

Fill in our contact form to request our price list and find out how our QACS Laboratory team can help you.