Analytical services for the cosmetics industry

Your needs: to evaluate the quality of your cosmetic products in the context of a new product launch or a change in regulations

The cosmetics industry is often associated with high expectations in terms of efficiency, stability and safety for a finished product. As major players in the production of cosmetic products, as subcontractors or as producers of raw materials, you regularly need to adapt your production processes to follow the changes in regulations.

Analyses can be necessary to verify the conformity of a cosmetic product or to identify the cause of a product failure.

To overcome these challenges, you are looking to cooperate with a reliable and independent analytical laboratory offering high added technical value. 

Our solution: to develop your analytical techniques, to analyze the chemical composition of cosmetic products or to characterize failures using the relevant techniques

The FILAB laboratory, made up of experts in cosmetic analysis and defect characterization, can offer its analytical services throughout the designing and production processes all the way to the process of putting the product on the market (makeup, crème, perfume…).

FILAB is ISO 17025 accredited by COFRAC for the analysis of heavy metals in cosmetic products

Relying on experience and our cutting-edge analytical fleet, the FILAB laboratory has a wide range of tools specific to the cosmetics industry which allow us to provide the following services:


  • Analysis of undesirable substances found on raw materials or finished products: heavy metals, residual solvents, phthalates, bisphenol A…

  • Determination of preservatives (phenoxyethanol, parabens, chlorphenesin using HPLC-UV, HPLC-MSMS and GC-MS

  • Siloxane (D4/D5) analysis

  • Powder analyses: PSD, specific surface area measurements, morphology, crystallinity…

  • REACH analyses

  • Determination of UV filters   

  • Determination of active ingredients: organic and mineral solar filters, vitamins

  • Packaging analysis: polymers, composite materials, glass

  • Thermal analyses

  • Metallurgic analyses

  • Analytical validation following ISO 12787


  • Non-conformity expertise: particulates, deposits, unknown spikes, material degradations…

  • Optimization of your production procedures

  • Failure analysis: fractography, particulate contamination, adhesive problems, corrosion, metallographic examination, weld analysis…

  • Deformulation services

  • Compatibility analysis (container/contents interactions, extractables and leachables)

  • Laboratory audit and analytical training


  • Creation, validation and transfer of analytical procedures

  • Literature reviews

  • Research into substitutions for substances

  • Developing analysis kits


  • Organic analyses : GCMS, Py-GCMS, LC-MSMS, GPC, NMR, FTIR

  • Thermal analyses : ATG, DSG

  • Powder analysis : XRD, SEM-FEG EDX, BET

  • Mineral analyses : ICP, XRD, IC

  • Metallurgical analyses : ICP, SEM-FEG EDX, SEO

  • Surface analysis : SEM-FEG EDX, PES, ToF-SIMS

The positive aspects of FILAB

  • A highly qualified team

  • Responsiveness in responding to and processing requests

  • A complete analytical park of 2100m²

  • Tailor-made support

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