Tests of cosmetics and raw materials | Jagiellońskie Centrum Innowacji

Tests of cosmetics and raw materials

Based on an experienced team of specialists and unique research infrastructure, the Jagiellonian Center of Innovation carries out a broad range of research for the cosmetics industry. Our offer is prepared for both manufacturers of cosmetics and distributors of substances and additives used in the cosmetics industry. All proposed research is performed according to ISO 9001: 2015.

Our research portfolio includes:


  • Unique service of penetration and distribution analysis for chosen substances through skin, hair and nail layers in vitro using Raman spectroscopy. The service is performed in the Imaging Laboratory, which is equipped with high class Raman spectroscope (Witec alpha 300 RSA+) with an additional confocal microscope, atomic force microscope (AFM) and optical profilometer.
  • Verification of microbiological purity for bacteria, yeast and fungi
    The offer includes microbiological testing of presence of bacteria, mold and fungi according to the following specification:

    • Number of aerobic mesophilic bacteria according to PN-EN ISO 21149:2017-07 standard
    • Number of yeasts and molds according to PN-EN ISO 16212:2017-08 standard
    • Presence of Pseudomonas aeruginosa according to PN-EN ISO 22717:2016-01 standard
    • Presence of Staphylococcus aureus according to PN-EN ISO 22718:2016-01 standard
    • Presence of Escherichia coli according to PN-EN ISO 21150:2016-01 standard
    • Presence of Candida albicans to PN-EN ISO 18416:2016-01 standard
  • Verification of preservative efficiency – preservative test
  • Preservative test (challenge test) performed according to PE-EN ISO 11930:2012 standard.
  • Viscosity test
  • Direct viscosity test is performed using pharmacopoeial cone and plate method. RVDV-II+Pro Viscosimeter with a CPE-51E spindle is used for testing.
  • Identification of contaminations in cosmetic formulations

With our knowledge and experience in the development of analytic methods (qualitative and quantitative chromatography analyses) and by using mass spectrometry and NMR spectroscopy, we identify and monitor contaminations present in raw material samples and in formulations, thereby confirming the identity of chemicals.


Additionally, we offer support for microbiological laboratories of cosmetic manufacturers via fast identification of microorganisms using mass spectrometry MALDI-TOF analyses. Such an instrument utilizes laser desorption/ionization supported with a matrix with time-of-flight analyzer, using a MALDI-TOF mass spectrometer Microflex LT from Bruker. Identification of a microbe is performed within a few minutes based on the unique protein profile of the organism (ribosomal proteins), the so-called molecular “fingerprint”, which allows for saving a lot of time as compared to 24–48 hours needed to identify a microbe using conventional methods.

Development Manager
Diana Dołęga, PhD


Holder of PhD in chemistry with a broad experience in cosmetic production. She graduated from her PhD studies at the Faculty of Chemistry at the Jagiellonian University, where she studied phase polymorphism in coordination compounds of block d metals and organic compounds in a form of liquid crystals. She gained professional experience, for example, in her own natural cosmetic manufacture and in Yase Cosmetics company. For many years, she has been conducting classes in the field of cosmetology and similar branches. She has worked for the Jagiellonian Center of Innovation since 2018 and she is responsible for e.g. Client counseling, and contacts within the scope of research offer and cosmetic production, including those with a private label.


For a quote, please contact:

Telephone: + 48 12 340 24 45

Mobile: + 48 517 062 813
E-mail:  diana.dolega@jci.pl

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