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Development 101

By: Shoaib Arif
Posted: November 7, 2006, from the November 2006 issue of GCI Magazine.

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7. Safety, performance and stability testing.
Once the prototype formulas have been made in the lab, they are tested for safety, performance and stability. It also is a good idea to benchmark these formulas against commercial products currently available. They then are modified and fine-tuned until the product description is met completely. See the example for a body wash in the box on this page.

While the lab is busy in developing the formula, the other aspect of product commercialization should be worked on.

At least three prototype formulas should be chosen as finalists. The final formula can be chosen based on internal panel use tests and the consumer testing results. Once a final formula has been chosen, the scale-up work needs to be done. Several pilot plant batches should be prepared, and a manufacturing procedure written up. The analytical and quality control procedures should be designed and product specifications established. The product then will be ready for plant production.

This is a general guideline for developing new personal care products. It is a good idea to start a new folder when beginning new product development work to save the collected information. For example, all the safety information and technical data sheets for all of the raw materials used should be saved.