Our innovative VeganSure solution was a world first when it launched in 2019. This pioneering microbiological testing replaces standard culture media with plant-based or synthetic alternatives to assure the safety of a cosmetic product without compromising vegan ethics.

Historically, ‘Preservative Efficacy or Challenge Tests (ISO 11930) have relied on standard culture media and neutralisers which are derived from animal by-products. Thanks to VeganSure, however, brands can now ensure their products are tested with vegan alternatives for both the main cosmetic tests required in the UK and EU: Microbial Limits and the Preservative Efficacy (Challenge) Testing. This can help vegan brands take a 360° approach, ensuring formulations are animal-free from development through to microbiological testing.

All animal derived ingredients have been replaced with plant derived or synthetic alternatives, such as papaya-derived enzymes, soya bean, sugars from potatoes, cornmeal, and plant peptones. The tests meet all requirements of UK and EU cosmetic regulations and are performed in an ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accredited testing laboratory, with separate workflows to avoid cross-contamination. VeganSure is registered with The Vegan Society’s Trademark.

VeganSure provides the same results, to the same standards and at a similar cost as standard microbiological testing, making it an easy switch for brands to make. For more information about VeganSure, please contact us.

Regulatory Safety Tests Non-Regulatory Safety Tests Efficacy Tests
• OECD TG 442c Skin sensitisation DPRA • Skin irritation • Anti-oxidant activity
• OECD TG 442d Skin sensitisation KeratinoSens™ • Eye irritation • Mildness to skin
• OECD TG 442e Skin sensitisation h-CLAT • Vaginal irritation • Mildness to eye
• OECD TG 439 Skin irritation • Genotoxicity
• OECD TG 492 Eye irritation • Acute toxicity
• OECD TG 431 Skin corrosion • Inhalation toxicity
• Cytotoxicity
• Phototoxicity

For in vitro safety testing services, our recommended partner is XCellR8. GLP-accredited, XCellR8 offers animal free regulatory and non-regulatory tests for raw ingredients and finished mixtures. To find out more about XCellR8, please contact with your name and email address. Please use ‘MSL referral’ in the subject line.