The company says the testing method has been developed for its Summerville, South Carolina and Reno, Nevada facilities as a means of speeding up development time and reducing costs for its customers.
The New York-based personal care contract manufacturer says it can pass on significant savings because the new testing procedure eliminates the need to outsource testing to third party companies.
Microbial testing an essential
The microbial testing procedure is essential to ensure that the personal care formulation will remain free of potentially dangerous levels of bacteria and to prevent spoilage before it passes its recommended sell-by date.
“We have expanded our testing capabilities to better meet and exceed our customers’ needs,” said Donald Hayden, founder and CEO of Scienceuticals.
“The sooner the product has passed the testing, the quicker it is able to be packaged and shipped to the customer, allowing customers to bring their products to market faster and more efficiently” he added.
Speed to market of utmost importance
Bringing new products to market while simultaneously ensuring both their quality and safety is of paramount importance in the personal care industry, which has to move fast to cater to both consumers' changing tastes and new advances in formulation.
In some of the most competitive sectors of the market, like natural skin care, hundreds of new launches hit the market every month, which means time-to-market can make or break a manufacturer's success.
Scienceuticals, which supplies some of the worlds largest cosmetic and pharmaceutical players, says that the microbial testing capabilities complement its existing quality control procedures, which emphasize formulation stability and compatibility testing.