ISO 11930:2019 PET Test
ISO 11930:2019 cosmetic preservative efficacy test (PET)
This Preservative Efficacy Test (PET) or cosmetic challenge test, is essential for assessing the safety of water based cosmetic products. ISO 11930 is specifically designed with cosmetic products in mind.
EP, USP or ISO standard PET test?
The challenge test protocol that you require is governed by the market that you intend to sell your products into.
The EP test method for Europe / UK and the USP method for the USA are well established protocols, offering formulators confidence that their products are robustly protected. The methods are also accepted in many other territories.
The ISO 11930 method has been introduced more recently. Although it is considered a less stringent test than the EP or USP, unlike these Pharmacopoeia test methods, ISO 11930 was designed specifically with cosmetics in mind.
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PET test details
The major differences between the methods are noted in the table opposite. For oral care products, testing against Escherichia coli is an additional requirement of the EP method. The cost of a cosmetic challenge test varies by the type chosen.
The ISO 11930:2019 method uses less stringent pass criteria compared to the pharmacopoeia methods.
The ISO 11930:2019 standard (“Evaluation of the antimicrobial protection of a cosmetic product”) was designed specifically to cater for the needs of cosmetic formulators. The standard was first published in 2012, but to date it does not have the same worldwide recognition as the EP or USP methods.