in-cosmetics Asia announces 2011 workshops


Programme to include claims support, fragrance, sensory science and digital formulation optimisation

A series of formulation workshops have been announced for this year’s in-cosmetics Asia (3-4 November, Bangkok, Thailand), which organiser Reed says are set to give manufacturers a practical insight into how they can tackle common obstacles and improve their formulations. Four half-day workshops will focus on issues surrounding claims support and efficacy testing, skin lightening, formulating with fragrances, sensory science and optimising cosmetic formulations digitally.

“The Formulation workshops have become an integral feature of the educational programme,” says Cathy Laporte, marketing manager, in-cosmetics Asia. “We have some very well regarded experts lined-up to present so I would urge anyone involved in cosmetic formulation, experienced formulators or managers of cosmetic product development departments to book onto a workshop to ensure they get the most from their products in the long run.”

Workshop 1 (3 Nov) – Formulating with fragrances
Stephen Weller, director of communications, International Fragrance Association (IFRA)
This will explore the complexities surrounding formulating with fragrances and will look at fragrance regulation. Recent changes at IFRA will be discussed and IFRA scientific director, Matthias Vey will outline the latest developments on the Quantitative Risk Assessment (QRA) approach adopted by IFRA. A leading fragrance house will run an interactive touch and feel session exploring trends and sensory issues.

Workshop 2 (3 Nov) – Claims support: What’s new in cosmetics efficacy testing
Dr Alain Khaiat, Seers Consulting
Providing manufacturers with advice and guidance on how to evaluate test results to support the claims of cosmetic products. “Consumers are more and more demanding when it comes to product efficacy data and regulators want to see supporting documents for the claims that are being made,” says Khaiat. “R&D formulators therefore need to have more and better data to support the claims from ingredient suppliers or from their own testing. This workshop will examine why we need to support claims and what the requirements are.”
Fabrice Perrin, director, Spin Control Asia will then explain how cosmetics can improve the well-being and quality of life of consumers and Cecilia Li from Johnson & Johnson Asia Pacific Skin Testing Center will demonstrate how it is possible to achieve an attractive claim for whitening by using a multiplex clinical design. Dr RB Mohile from C.L.A.I.M.S India (Clinical Aesthetics and Investigative Management Services) will ask ‘Which comes first - claims or efficacy testing?, arguing for a reversal of the usual process so having efficacy testing driving the claims instead of the other way round.

Workshop 3 (4 Nov) – Sensory science: Scientific principles and methodologies
Dr Johann Wiechers, JW Solutions
Looking at how the feel of cosmetic products differs between Asia and Europe plus how to formulate a specific skin feel into a cosmetic formulation. Different types of sensory testing will be explained and attendees will be able to test products produced by these techniques. Complex data analysis will show how Asian and European products differ and attendees will be shown how it is possible to transform a successful European product into an equally successful Asian one.

Workshop 4 (4 Nov) – Optimise cosmetic formulations digitally
Dr Johann Wiechers, JW Solutions
The focus here will be on how to get the most out of an active ingredient by using technology, including a discussion on the scientific principles underpinning ‘Formulation for Efficacy, the software’ computer programme and a demonstration of it in use. Delegates will be shown how to identify the consequences of small formulation changes for the skin delivery of active ingredients, such as ‘will this formulation be clinically effective?’ and ‘which of my prototype formulations will deliver the active ingredient best?’ Attendees are invited to bring along the structures of their own active ingredients which will be formulated digitally for optimal skin delivery.