You can choose an existing formula or develop your own unique product formulation
There are two ways that we can work together. You can either choose to develop your own unique formulation or if speed is important to you, then you may want to consider launching with one of our existing formulas. These products have passed all of the necessary testing and are registered and ready to be sold – all you need to do is package them in your own branding (which we will do for you!).
Want to develop your own formula? The below steps are summary of the process that you will undergo:
You will work with one of our product development experts to identify the features and benefits that you want your product to achieve.
After the consultation, we will then create a desktop formula based on your product requirements. There is a small fee for this formulation work which includes the the time to formulate and produce a small number of product samples.
We will create the formulation based on your requirements and then make the product sample in our on-site dental development lab. Samples typically take 2-3 weeks to formulate and produce. If there are any ingredients in the formula that we don’t have in our lab then these will need to be ordered.
You will typically receive several samples so that you can evaluate and assess the suitability of the formulation. If changes are required then we can adjust the formula and make a new sample for you. This incurs a new sample charge and will take 2-3 weeks to re-formulate and produce the samples. We repeat this process until we make you a formulation that you are happy with.
Once you’re happy with the formulation, it then needs to go through testing before it can be sold. This includes challenge testing & stability testing. Challenge tests take 6 weeks and cost £250 ex VAT and stability tests take 14 weeks and cost £250 ex VAT. If you want to launch your product sooner then we can also offer accelerated stability testing which takes 6 weeks and costs £575 ex VAT.
Once your product has passed testing then it needs to be registered and a Product Information File (PIF) needs to be created. The PIF comprises of various documents that need to be maintained on an ongoing basis. You will need to have Cosmetic Product Safety Report which is a document outlining the safety of the product formulation. It costs £350 ex VAT and one is required for each product. If you selling in the UK and Europe you will also need to have a PIF for each product which CosmoLab can assist you with.
We will manufacture the product according to your formulation and packaging requirements and it will then be ready for distribution and sale.
IMPORTANT: You will need to make sure that your product is registered before it can be sold. There are different registration rules depending on which part of the world you are selling the product in. For example, if you are selling in the UK then you need to register on the OPSS and if you are selling in Europe then you need to register on the CPNP. The registration is free to do and you will need to upload various information about the product and you will need your Cosmetic Product Safety Report (CPSR).
Even though CosmoLab physically manufactures products, the brand owner is legally classed as the “manufacturer” and so it is the responsibility of the brand owner / “manufacturer” to ensure that the product is registered correctly and complies with all relevant local regulations.
We are on hand to provide guidance through the process and we can also refer you to qualified toxicologists who can provide advice too. There is some excellent information on this website too – https://www.businesscompanion.info/en/quick-guides/product-safety/cosmetic-products.