ASTM E640 - 06(2012)

    Standard Test Method for Preservatives in Water-Containing Cosmetics

    Active Standard ASTM E640 | Developed by Subcommittee: E35.15

    Book of Standards Volume: 11.05


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    Significance and Use

    This test method should be used to determine if a preservative or preservative system has application for the preservation of water-miscible cosmetic products.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the determination of the suitability of preservatives for use in cosmetic formulations. It sets minimal requirements for preservative performance in model formulations.

    1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

    1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    E1054 Test Methods for Evaluation of Inactivators of Antimicrobial Agents


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 71.100.70 (Cosmetics. Toiletries)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 12164501(Preservatives)


    DOI: 10.1520/E0640-06R12

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