BS EN ISO 18416:2015 - Cosmetics. Microbiology. Detection of Candida albicans

BS EN ISO 18416:2015

Cosmetics. Microbiology. Detection of Candida albicans

Status : Current   Published : December 2015



This International Standard gives general guidelines for the detection and identification of the specified microorganism Candida albicans in cosmetic products. Microorganisms considered as specified in this International Standard might differ from country to country according to national practices or regulations.

In order to ensure product quality and safety for consumers, it is advisable to perform an appropriate microbiological risk analysis to determine the types of cosmetic product to which this International Standard is applicable. Products considered to present a low microbiological (see ISO 29621) risk include those with low water activity, hydro-alcoholic products, extreme pH values, etc.

The method described in this International Standard is based on the detection of Candida albicans in a non-selective liquid medium (enrichment broth), followed by isolation on a selective agar medium. Other methods may be appropriate dependent on the level of detection required.


For the detection of Candida albicans, subcultures can be performed on non-selective culture media followed by suitable identification steps (e.g. using identification kits).

Because of the large variety of cosmetic products within this field of application, this method may not be appropriate in every detail for some products (e.g. certain water immiscible products). Other International Standards ( ISO 18415) may be appropriate. Other methods (e.g. automated) may be substituted for the tests presented here provided that their equivalence has been demonstrated or the method has been otherwise shown to be suitable.

Standard NumberBS EN ISO 18416:2015
TitleCosmetics. Microbiology. Detection of Candida albicans
Publication Date31 December 2015
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)No other standards are normatively referenced
Informative References(Provided for Information)No other standards are informatively referenced
ReplacesBS EN ISO 18416:2009
Amended ByCorrigendum, February 2017
DescriptorsMicrobiological analysis, Biological analysis and testing, Bacteria, Yeast, Culture techniques, Cosmetics, Microbiology, Mesophiles, Microorganisms, Aerobic bacteria, Personal hygiene
Title in FrenchCosmétiques. Microbiologie. Détection de Candida albicans
Title in GermanKosmetische Mittel. Mikrobiologie. Nachweis von Candida albicans
ISBN978 0 580 97526 4
File Size724 KB

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