The digitalisation of quality control: How can beauty benefit?

Dr Ian Eastwood looks at how the latest optical and biosensor detection technologies are helping manufacturers and global brands like Wella safeguard quality across their production

In the quality-critical cosmetics and beauty sector, ensuring that products consistently deliver the results consumers demand over time is an imperative.

Objective and quantified quality control (QC) methods that guarantee results and enable further analysis are needed to reliably achieve this. Yet too often manufacturers’ processes rely on traditional ‘analogue’ tests and subjective know-how that, whilst well understood and relatively effective, do not provide an easy to access audit trail or even necessarily guarantee results.

The question for many manufacturers is how to integrate an effective and objective QC procedure within their processes that does not in itself create production delays or generate the need for capturing large volumes of data.

For brands that use contract manufacturing suppliers and/or licence their brands, there is also the additional factor of relying on others to ensure the quality of their product and being able to hold their partner companies to account.

It is here that technology and digitalisation are playing a transformative role – helping to provide digital detection solutions for a wide range of cosmetic products and filling critical gaps in consumer safety by creating forensic-level solutions that are faster, more cost effective and easier to use.

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