“We work with different laboratories depending on our product range and have to periodically harmonize all the test results.”
“Email communication is a real bottleneck in our product testing processes. We would save precious time by streamlining that.”
“Our new Quality associates frequently mismanaged our homemade Excel tools. We need to switch to a friendlier and more welcoming solution.”
Cosmetic product quality testing requires complex processes
Quality testing is required for any developed and marketed product. It ensures product safety but also proves any function claim. Most of the tests are mandatory and change depending on the country or region of commercialization. For instance, the microbiological, stability or challenge tests are compulsory in the European Union and must be included in the Product Information File (PIF), but they remain basic tests to ensure product safety. In addition to safety tests, manufacturers should prove product claims validity by running performance tests. For each claim– “anti-ageing”, “dermatologist-tested”, etc.– one or several tests must be performed and available as a proof. Both the finished product and raw materials must be tested separately.
Tests can be managed internally or with external laboratories, but all the results must be kept by the manufacturer and available upon requested. Hundreds and thousands of different tests can be performed on one product. They must be planned, assigned, and analyzed any decision can be made.
Manage Cosmetic Product Testing with Aptean PLM Lascom Edition
Aptean PLM Lascom Edition includes specific features to help you optimize your cosmetic product testing processes. Within a unique and collaborative platform, product tests can be planned, assigned, analyzed and all documents or data are centralized and secured. Easily accessible and shareable with whom it concerns, both for external and internal use. Automated workflows and calculation capabilities significantly ease test schedules and results management.
Schedule all your cosmetic product tests
When developing a new product, a variety of tests must be performed to ensure its safety and make sure it matches the promoted claims. Hundreds of tests must be scheduled and respect a certain sequence and frequency. Some tests can be performed simultaneously but others must be completed one after the other. Tests can last several months before showing any result. Scheduling is key for an streamlining your processes and saving precious time. With Aptean PLM Lascom Edition, all the tests can be listed and scheduled depending on their priority, duration, order. The list can be updated at any time and remains accessible to authorized users.
Assign the tests
As soon as tests are scheduled, they must be assigned to the right person, either an internal user or a subcontractor laboratory. This assignment is done directly through the PLM for internal users and for laboratories, thanks to a dedicated supplier portal. Both internal and external users receive an automated notification when it is time to start the test. The notification is sent in accordance with what has been pre-defined on the schedule and in the workflows.
Analyze the test results of your cosmetic products
After the tests have been performed, they must be analyzed in order to either continue product development or make any required change. All the test results are directly captured in the PLM from both internal and external users. Centralized and stored in a unique platform, they are easy to access, read, and analyze. Results are automatically compared with pre-defined thresholds to determine the conformity or non-conformity of the product. If the product is not compliant, Aptean PLM Lascom Edition helps you manage the non-conformity and define a strategy to solve it. Results are accessible in the PLM and reports can easily be exported using customizable templates.