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FDA Will Hold Public Meeting on Cosmetic Microbiological Safety Issues

EMSL Analytical, Inc. offers microbiological testing services for cosmetic and personal care products


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) recently announced that it will hold a public meeting concerning microbiological safety issues relevant to cosmetic products in Washington, D.C on November 30, 2011.
CFSAN’s Office of Cosmetics and Colors, which is responsible for the federal regulation of cosmetic products, is organizing the event.

According to an FDA statement, “The purpose of the meeting is to provide stakeholders an opportunity to present information to the agency regarding a variety of cosmetic microbiological safety issues, including microbiological testing of cosmetics; types of preservative systems and how to test their effectiveness; the identity and prevalence of microorganisms that pose specific health risks in finished products; routes of exposure to microorganisms and the corresponding infective doses; product and packaging characteristics that affect microbial growth and risk of infection; consumer subpopulations that may be at greater risk of infection from cosmetic products; adverse events associated with microbial contamination of cosmetics; and areas where FDA guidance may be useful.”

The meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on November 30, 2011, at the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel, 480 L’Enfant Plaza S.W., Washington, D.C.

“EMSL Analytical, Inc. works with companies to find the right testing method for their specific needs, give them a competitive price, and help them navigate the industry’s regulatory environment,” states Joseph Frasca, Senior VP of Marketing at EMSL. “We are excited about this discussion surrounding microbiological safety issues in cosmetics.”

For more information on EMSL’s testing services, please contact EMSL at (800) 220-3675, visit, or email
About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical Inc. is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of consumer product, environmental, industrial hygiene, food and materials testing services to professionals and the general public. In addition, the company offers a large variety of air sampling equipment, sampling cassettes and monitoring equipment. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations, as well as state and federal regulating bodies. These include, but are not limited to, AIHA IHLAP, AIHA EMLAP, AIHA ELLAP, A2LA, NVLAP, CDC Elite, CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission), CA ELAP, NY ELAP, TX Department of State Health Services, and multiple other state accrediting agencies. Please visit our website for a complete listing of accreditations.



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