Cosmetic Testing in 2000 and Beyond

May 6, 2003 | Contact Author | By: Johann W. Wiechers, PhD, Uniqema
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Keywords: safety testing | efficacy testing | claim substantiation | in vitro | in vivo

Abstract: Changes in cosmetic testing are being driven by regulation and advanced technologies, such as new in vitro methods, molecular combinational chemistry and skin delivery. Part of the Series: From Test to Claim.

As a child, my confidence in the advice given by fortune-tellers at fairs was so limited that I refused to visit these ladies. So, it is with mixed feelings that I write about the future of cosmetic testing in 2000 and beyond. After all, I could be the fortune-teller at the Vanity Fair of Cosmetics!

But in contrast to fortune-tellers, who used only their vivid imaginations, as far as I am concerned, I am basing my predictions on three different souces. My first source is the cosmetic scientific literature; second, some trend spotting from attending trade fairs; and lastly, technology forecasting borrowed from some of the newer technologies used in the pharmaceutical industry.