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Microbial Contamination Test



Service Scope

Microbiological testing in various product types, like cosmetics and personal care products, forms an important part of quality control and can ensure the safety of your products along the supply chain. Is your product free of microbial organisms? Is there microbial contamination in your product during production?

To examine the risk of microbial contamination of a product, we conduct microbial tests following different international standards to help assess the microbiological quality of your product.

Test Plan

Sample Size
At a minimum of 30g or 30mL sample

Turnaround Time (working days)
10 days

Test Description and Requirements

EP Ch. 2.6.12 and EP Ch. 2.6.13

Test ParametersLimit

Total Aerobic Mesophilic Microorganisms

  • Total Aerobic Microbial Count
  • Total Combined Yeast & Moulds Count
≤ 1,000 cfu/g for non-eye/lip area products;
≤ 100 cfu/g for products intended for children under 3 years of age, the eye area or the mucous membranes
Escherichia coliAbsent / g
Staphylococcus aureusAbsent / g
Pseudomonas aeruginosaAbsent / g
Bile-Tolerant Gram-Negative Bacteria
Candida albicansAbsent / g

Guideline Limit is with reference to the Notes of Guidance for the Testing of Cosmetic Ingredients and their Safety Evaluation (9th revision, revised on 25 April 2016) by The Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS).

USP <61> + USP <62> 

Test ParametersLimit

Test ParametersLimit

Total Aerobic Mesophilic Microorganisms

  • Total Aerobic Microbial Count
  • Total Combined Yeast & Moulds Count

≤200cfu/g for baby/eye area product;
≤2,000 cfu/g for non-baby/eye area products

Escherichia coli Absent / g
Staphylococcus aureus Absent / g
Pseudomonas aeruginosa Absent / g
Bile-Tolerant Gram-Negative Bacteria
Candida albicansAbsent / g

Guideline limit is with reference to Section12, Microbiology Guidelines (2016 Edition), The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC).

Burkholderia cepacian – in house method

Test parametersLimit
Burkholderia cepacianAbsent / 0.1g

Guideline limit is with reference to Malaysian requirement from ‘Biro Pengawalan Farmaseutikal Kebangsaan requirement – Ruj. Kami: b2dlm.BPFK/PPP/01/03Jld 1’


Only applicable test items will be conducted on selected product nature and destination market. A detailed test item list will be included in order confirmation email upon order purchase. 

*What is SGS QR code service and How does it provide value for you?
SGS QR code service is suitable for products sold in traditional retail shops and e-commerce platforms. This is an authorization to display an SGS QR code on a product that allows quick access to SGS test report on our online platform. This enhances trust building between your products and the consumers by showing the product is tested by a reliable third party and proven to meet certain quality standard. With the display of QR code, you could gain a competitive edge and differentiate your products in the market.

If you apply QR code service, after your product is tested, a dedicated QR code will be generated along with the test report. This QR code can be displayed on the tested product. By scanning the QR code, it will direct your customers to an online platform where the key information and test report could be accessed. Customers can easily access the information through a trusted third party platform by their own mobile device upon product selection. Indicate your interest if you would like to explore this opportunity of using SGS QR code service.

StrengthS & benefits

Experienced Microbiological Laboratory
SGS is equipped with a dedicated microbiological laboratory for cosmetics and hygiene products.

Order flow

1. Check Out

Confirm selections and fill in contact info

2. Arrange Payment

Pay by credit card or bank transfer offline​

3. Confirm Test Plan

Confirm test and product details

4. Send Sample

Send the sample with printed form

5. Receive Report

Receive our test report by email


Online Payment
  • Order acknowledgment email will be sent to you by system after successful payment
  • Order confirmation email with service details will be sent to you within 1 working day by our specialist
Offline Payment
  • We accept T/T bank transfer payment
  • Order acknowledgment email with bank details for payment will be sent to you by system after order submission
  • Please arrange payment and send payment receipt to our specialist by email
  • Order confirmation email with service details will be sent to you after payment verification by our specialist


You can add them to shopping cart and proceed to checkout for placing your order online. You will receive an order acknowledgment with order details after online order.

It is not necessary to create an account for online purchase, you can select Guest Checkout to place an order without an account.

However, creating an account offers additional benefits:

  • Your contact information will be saved securely for a faster checkout
  • Track your order status and history

If you place an order as a guest, please check our notifications at your email box. Please remember to check promotional and junk mail box if you can’t find it.

If you place an order as a member, please log in and check the status of your order under “Quote Request” or “Orders”.

SGS TIC Mall only accepts US$ for checkout.

You will receive a test application form, sample requirement and delivery details in confirmation email upon successful payment, please complete the form and send the required sample(s) to our competence center in Hong Kong.

Please contact your dedicated specialist to submit your request. It will be reviewed case by case depending on the order process.

No, you can’t cancel and refund the paid order unless there is a quality or service delivery issue.

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