In Vitro SPF Testing - Overview

IMS In Vitro SPF Testing Service

At IMS, our mission is to generate highly predictive SPF and UVA data for our clients, rapidly and at modest cost. We do not offer dozens of different assays. Instead we have focused our research efforts on in vitro SPF and UVA testing both static and waterproof. We are committed to offering the highest quality data and the best possible service to our clients.

Specifically we provide our clients:

  Highly Predictive Data - In vitro SPF and UVA measurements are performed with our proprietary VITRO-SKIN substrate. This substrate delivers a superior correlation with in vivo testing, versus the commonly used 3M Transpore Tape. Dr. Sottery has presented portions of this validation work at the SCC Sunscreen Symposium in Orlando (9/99), the International UVA Meeting in London (3/97), the SCC annual Scientific Seminar in Cleveland (5/95), the London UVA Meeting (3/95), and the SCC Sunscreen Symposium in Orlando (10/93).
  Rapid Results - In vitro SPF and UVA results faxed within one week of sample receipt. We also offer expedited (72 hour) service and extremely urgent (24 hour) service with telephone approval.
  Extensive Experience with In Vitro SPF Techniques - we have tested thousands of formulations, covering the full spectrum of product forms.
  World Class Scientific Expertise - at IMS, we understand the physical chemistry, physics and photobiology that these methods are based on. This fundamental understanding, coupled with our leading-edge research in this area, allows us to identify and correct artifacts that can result in misleading data.

Non-Routine Testing and Research

We have in-depth expertise in the areas of formulation technology, organic and inorganic sunscreens, testing substrates and spectroscopy. This allows us to design new, novel methods that deliver the data you need.

Call us - we will be pleased to discuss your specific testing needs.