Custom Heavy Metals Test Plans by Eurofins Cosmetics & Personal Care

1 March 2022

Heavy metals are naturally occurring metallic elements with properties that are hazardous to human health, and their presence in the manufacturing process cannot be completely prevented, even with exemplary industry practices in place.

According to Article 17 of Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009, even the unintentional presence of heavy metals in cosmetic products is only permissible if this is technically unavoidable in good manufacturing practice and, moreover, does not pose a threat to human health.

In 2021, the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) published the new standard EN ISO 21392:2021 (Measurement of traces of heavy metals in cosmetic finished products using the ICP/MS technique).

Eurofins offers analyses which follow the new ISO standard, using the ICP-MS method to detect trace levels of heavy metals including chromium, cobalt, nickel, arsenic, cadmium, antimony and lead. Our team of experts are highly skilled at preparing different products and matrices to be tested and to design the suitable protocols accordingly.


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