EF Cosmetics Safety

Dr E. Fowles Career Summary

About our company

EF Cosmetics Safety is a trading name for EF Chemical Consulting Ltd, which was founded in 2006 by Dr Edmund Fowles, CChem, MRSC. We have been providing cosmetic safety assessments and product safety reports since 2008 for a variety of companies ranging from larger contract manufacturers, through to small European companies and importers into the EU. Dr Fowles is qualified to provide safety assessments under both the old EU cosmetics directive 76/768 and the new regulation 1223/2009. Unlike many safety assessors, he has cosmetic formulating and ingredient manufacturing experience. With a background in R&D and process development in international cosmetic ingredient manufacturers, he has direct experience of many of the ingredient classes used in cosmetics, and is well-placed to understand their particular safety issues and possible impurity profile. We are based in Chester in North-West England.

We have good contacts with testing companies, contract manufacturers, and other cosmetics regulatory consultants where their experience complements our own. EF Chemical Consulting Ltd is an associate member of the Cosmetic, Toiletry & Perfumery Association (CTPA), the trade body for cosmetic companies in the UK. This membership is invaluable in keeping up to date with changes in regulations or issues affecting particular ingredients and products in this fast-moving industry. Dr Edmund Fowles is a member of the Society of Cosmetic Scientists (SCS), the main society for cosmetics professionals in the UK, and the Royal Society of Chemistry consultants group.


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Career summary for Dr Edmund Fowles, CChem, MRSC

  • 2008 to date: Cosmetic safety assessor for the EU
  • 2006 to date: Independent consultant chemist
  • 2002-2006: Technical manager all UK cosmetics and coatings additives, Innospec Inc, UK (formerly Octel). Responsible for new ingredient development, cosmetic formulation, safety profile analysis.
  • 2000-2002: Associated Octel (now Innospec) Performance Chemicals Division. Section Head foam-control agents and coatings additives
  • 1991-2000: Laporte Industries (now Rockwood Industries), UK and Italy. Senior Chemist clays and iron oxide pigments: responsible for process development and plant trials.
  • 1988-1990: California Institute of Technology, USA. Postdoctoral research in inorganic catalysts
  • 1985-1988: Leeds University, UK. PhD transition metal complexes and catalysis
  • 1984-1985: Amersham International, UK. Research scientist
  • 1981-1984: Cambridge University. BA in Natural Sciences (majoring in chemistry)

Selected toxicology experience

  • Feb 2012: 6-day advanced course on “Safety Assessment of Cosmetics in the EU” under Professor Vera Rogiers at VUB Universiteit, Brussels and passed the final course exam
  • 2012: Compilation of essential oil composition database and NOAEL estimation of components based on chemical functionality
  • 2007: Professional chemist member of HAZOP team for new pilot plant: risk assessment and worst-case exposure scenarios for toxic gases, toxic liquids and explosive mixtures
  • 2005: In vitro eye and skin irritation tests for new cosmetic ingredients
  • 2004: In vivo irritancy testing on new surfactants
  • In-house courses on compilation of safety data sheets
  • Laboratory risk assessment responsbilities (COSHH) in multinational chemical companies, including exposure scenarios
  • 2004: 3-day course on classification of chemicals and mixtures according to the EU Dangerous Substances Directive (CHIP4)
  • 1991-2005: Manufacturing procedures for a variety of inorganic, organic, and formulated ingredients, QC of final products, raw material quality procedures, quality manuals and most aspects of Good Manufacturing Practice
  • 1997: Minimisation of heavy metal contamination of pigments to meet cosmetics and EU toy requirments