Eurofins goes global with acquisition of Australian sun care testing player

By Lucy Whitehouse

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Eurofins goes global with acquisition of Australian sun care testing player
Eurofins, a global group of laboratories providing testing services to consumer goods industries, has announced the acquisition of Dermatest, a major sun care testing company in Australia.

The Luxembourg-headquartered company has described the acquisition as a decisive step into the Australian market for skin care testing, and also noted how it will confirm the global profile of the Eurofins.

Apart from providing Eurofins with a very good entry into the Cosmetic testing market in Australia, Dermatest will allow Eurofins to become the worldwide reference in Sunscreen testing, increasing our portfolio and strengthening our current expertise and capabilities in Europe​,” said Yann Agustin, managing director South Europe for Eurofins Consumer Products Testing.

Who are Dermatest?

Dermatest Pty Ltd, a leading sunscreen and skin care product evaluation laboratory in Australia, was established in 1997 in Sydney.

The Australian laboratory and its CEO, John Staton, are recognized internationally for their active role in the definition of International Sun Protection Standards, according to a statement released by Eurofins on the acquisition.

Counting with a fully equipped, state of the art laboratory, Dermatest, (to be known from now on as Eurofins Dermatest, notes the company) is able to conduct full SPF and UVA product testing for all recognized standards and protocols.

“Eurofins Dermatest’s broad experience, technological expertise and a broad range of modern bio-physical skin measurement equipment allows this laboratory to perform the full battery of tests needed to analyse pharmaceutical and personal care products´ skin safety and efficacy,​” the company asserts.

“Over 20 years of specialized service enable Eurofins Dermatest’s service scope to go beyond the mere testing and also include support to product research & development as well as improvement.​”

Sun care in Europe

The category grew 5.1% last year (year on year) in Eastern Europe, and 1.3% in Western Europe. Globally, it rose 2.8%, with baby- and child-specific products a segment growing above the market average across the board.

Maria Coronado, ingredients associate analyst focusing on beauty and personal care at Euromonitor, notes that the diversification of protection claims and the huge demand for multifunctionality are now defining the category.

“As consumers are shifting to healthier lifestyles what is inside the products is becoming more important. More than ever before, consumers are questioning the ingredients and their sources and this is having an impact on the ingredients market​,” she recently told Cosmetics Design.

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