Cosmetic Testing Labs - how to know if they are legit?

LilaLila Member
Hi. We need to test Bath Salts for a Microbiological limits and Toxic Element/Heavy metals. We got quotes from several Labs and the coblarlabs.com/faq/ provided the best price quote. When I wanted to find out more about this Lab - there is no other information online besides their own website. The question: what one should look for when hire the Lab (certification, etc)? what questions should I ask them? how do i know if they are legit? Has anyone heard/worked with that particular Lab? Thank you very much in advance.

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  • PhilGeisPhilGeis Member, Professional formulator
    Suggest you ask for their last FDA audit.
  • LilaLila Member
    PhilGeis Thank you a lot.
  • LilaLila Member
    PhilGeis the Lab got back to me and on the question about last FDA audit the answer I received was: "We are a laboratory broker. The laboratory we work with for amazon customers is ISO 17025 certified. " I am a bit lost on what to ask them next...or just proceed with the testing? Is it common that you deal with lab through broker? Thank you.
  • PhilGeisPhilGeis Member, Professional formulator
    edited May 28
    Ask for the lab so you can directly inquire.  I'd not work through a broker.  I think ISO 17025 does not address technical elements of tests per se but more the management, flow and supporting elements like calibration.
  • LilaLila Member
    Thank you PhilGeis. I asked them, awaiting for reply. Here is the snapshot of sample of test results they are providing on their website. Does it look legit?  

    Thank you a lot again. 
  • PhilGeisPhilGeis Member, Professional formulator
    Don't understand why they make such a big deal of CoA.  Did they offere that one for cosmetics?
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