UK University gains industry recognition for its skin research work

By Louise Prance

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Related tags: Skin care, Standardization

Leeds University skin research centre has this month received the
international quality standard ISO 17025 that is set to push it
forward in achieving industry recognition in commercial research
for the skin care sector.

Richard Bojar, principle researcher at the University's faculty of biological sciences told CosmeticsDesign-Europe​ that, "The new standard will give manufacturers assurance that work undertaken in the skin research centreis of industry level standard". "We aim to provide large commercial companies with knowledge that is missing from skin care research. The new standard aims to develop our role into a Non-Profit organisation - with profits made going back into the University to aid further research"​ he said. The ISO 17025 is a management system laid out by the International Organisation for Standardisation that specifies the general requirements for the competence to carry out tests and calibrations. There are 15 management and 10 technical requirements that a laboratory must first comply with to become accredited. Having worked alongside cosmetic giants such as Unilever and Procter & Gamble for nearly 30 years, the research centre hopes to gain further funding that will help it engage in extensive research 'to discover what consumers actually need, rather than what they think they need'. "Investigations into skin care is not deemed as important as researching AIDS or HIV by the government, therefore we need to generate funds ourselves to carry on supplying large companies with information that will aid dermatological skin care problems in the long run"​ Bojar said. Ensuring that their research is up to the ISO standard, Bojar and his team are set to continue their extensive work on skin ailments such as acne, eczema and other skin conditions. While acne skin care research is an on-going research area for the centre, Bojar suggested that a lot of work is going into analysing the effects of different alcohol levels in hand washes and moisturisers. Bojar stated "Working with the National Health Service (NHS) we have found that they are purchasing too many products in this category that are causing problems, as alcohol content is often too high, causing skin irritations". "Through our research into this we have had interest from large commercial players in the skin care industry in our findings on formulations with a lower alcohol content that could avoid these problems in their own ranges". ​ The centre has been working for five years to ensure its laboratories were up to standard to meet the strict ISO requirements, investing in substantial resources during the process.

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