Mark founded ADSL in 2008 as a consultancy company after spotting a gap in the UK cosmetics market for somewhere could offer the breadth of services covered by ADSL under one roof. Since then Mark has concentrated on recruiting excellent staff across the board and ADSL is now approved by all major UK retailers to provide CPSRs and further support services. Mark is very hands on in the business and after 24 years in the cosmetics industry has expertise himself in formulating, regulatory, technical and ingredient aspects. Mark loves seeing customers and solving the day to day challenges that running a business throws up - but most of all getting great feedback on services!! Fun fact: Mark once, on a business trip in Hong Kong, ended up in a bar with seven former Liverpool (who he supports) Football Players and played with them in a seven-a-side match!
John followed his dad to the company in August 2013. He came over from Mayfield manufacturing labs, attracted by the coast and different role available to him. John manages a lot of incoming work flow and generates CPSR reports. He's constantly in contact with customers, collating and relaying information for projects and reports. A jack of all trades he's also been known to dip back into the labs and help out when they need an extra pair of hands. John really loves getting completed, detailed briefs from customers, with no follow ups necessary, especially if he's worked with them before. Fun fact: John's also a keen drummer and was the year below Joss Stone at school!
Senior Safety Assessor
Martin joined ADSL in August 2016 from SGS. His role involves ensuring products comply with regulations & producing CPSRs as well as giving customers expert advice on cosmetics safety and the path to market. Martin has a background in chemistry including a doctorate in that field. H's been working in the UK cosmetics industry for over 10 years and is a respected expert in the regulatory and safety capacity. Martin still considers himself a formulator first and foremost and loves the opportunity to look at new and innovative formulations. Fun fact: Martin is a long-time Stoke City supporter and hopes they'll be the next Leicester!
Regulatory & Compliance Manager
Bill's been at ADSL since the company was founded in 2008, prior to this his background was in optoelectronics before Mark found him and brought him to over cosmetics. Bill manages and advises an important pillar of ADSL's services - regulatory. It's a huge category including acceptable ingredients use, labelling and claims both within the EU and around the world (essentially a walking regulatory encyclopedia!). He gets great satisfaction from resolving customer questions and seeing their products go to market. Fun fact; Bill's degree was actually in Painting & Fine Art History, sticking to the south coast in Exeter!
Claire is in charge of supporting senior management and the directors in the accounting and operations of the business. She has a proven track of managing complex operations from her work in the Food retail sector and has been successful in delivering time-critical projects. Claire’s line management experience working in manufacturing environments has meant she understands the importance of working as a team and the quality assurance this delivers and thus she has a genuine commitment to providing exemplary customer service. She manages the implementation of projects and the systems that support the ADSL's core business. Claire describes herself as enthusiastic, collaborative, self-motivated, and eager to take on new and diverse projects.
Formulation & Development Manager
Justyna joined ADSL in 2019 from a famous cosmetics, make-up & aerosol company named Swallowfield PLC. She brings over 6 years of research, formulation & development experience within the cosmetic industry to the team having also completed a Master's Degree in Cosmetic Science to add to her Bachelor's Degree in Polymer Chemistry. Justyna's knowledge and experience covers a full spectrum of applications including hair care, skin care, aerosol technology and naturals chemistry. Her main role is to work with clients to formulate class leading products aligned to specific briefs and objectives in addition to management of ADSL's ISO 17025 accredited R&D laboratory. Outside of R&D, her daily activities include stability and compatibility testing as well as preservation guidance to ensure products survive the shelf and their intended applications. Fun fact; From early childhood, Justyna always aspired to pursue a life in chemistry. She is a passionate chemist who loves innovation and development and she started off as a teacher in a high school.
Microbiologist & Compliance Technician
Charlotte joined ADSL in August 2014 from a pharmaceutical contract laboratory, moving down to Devon from Greater London for a change of pace by the seaside. Her day to day tasks include challenge testing, product registration, PIF compilation, general organisation and office administration. Charlotte also just learnt to do available water testing for products with water contents below that which can need to be challenge tested. Charlotte also performs Stability testing and worked alongside John (Snr) and Gurdip to get their ISO 17025 accreditation. She really enjoys the variety of the role and learning more in the office side of the business and industry. Fun fact; In her youth Charlotte used to do a lot of dancing and once did a charity dance show in Staines with some well-known Eastenders stars!
Craig joined ADSL in 2018. After studying Extended Science at Plymouth University in 2008 Craig sought to pursue a career in science and brings a proven track record of microbiological experience to the team. Craig enjoys pushing the microbiological side of the business and brings a professional and friendly attitude to customers and colleagues. Fun fact; Craig loves invertebrates and is an avid tarantula keeper. He hope to add scorpions to his growing collection!
Annie joined ADSL in 2017 as part of the growing microbiological team having gained over 18 years experience in practical science since graduating from the Open University. Annie enjoys the variety of tasks that she covers within ADSL's ISO 17025 accredited laboratory. Fun fact; Annie plays bass guitar in a punk covers band.
Jake undertook 2 years of work placements at ADSL before joining full time in 2019. Jake's background is in Pharmacology having completed a degree in the field at university which has prepared him perfectly for his position within ADSL. The role combines a very diverse range of practices which cover clinical, practical and theoretical aspects of science. Jake enjoys the interesting variety of work and the responsibility that comes with it. Fun fact;
Adrian joined ADSL in 2013 after having served for 12 years in the Army including two tours in Afghanistan. Adrian's role includes a range of activities within ADSL's ISO 17025 accredited laboratories. From water testing, microbial challenge testing through candle testing and user trial coordination, Adrian thrives across a number of disciplines and enjoys the variety it offer. Fun fact; In his spare time, Adrian does a great deal of fund raising for the Royal British Legion.
Andrew joined the ADSL team in 2019 having previously worked as a development chemist and product development project manager in the pharmaceutical industry. Already located in the SW peninsula the opportunity to work with ADSL to manage the DermaCentre was a perfect match. Andrew manages the strategic direction of the DermaCentre, liaising with customers to ensure that their dermatology clinical trials are designed to meet claims & objectives and are run according to regulatory guidelines. Always looking for new ways to expand the business to meet customer requirements Andrew is also involved in Project Management of the QC analytical laboratory. Fun fact: As a qualified mechanic Andrew spends his weekends working on a classic VW Scirocco to get her restored and back on the road.
H&S Manager & Safety Assesor
Andy joined ADSL in 2017 as a key part of the Health & Safety consultancy operation. As well as fulfilling the complex requirements within his role as H&S Manager for the business, Andy works alongside other members of the Regulatory & Compliance team to assist Clients with product safety assessments in line with a number of global regulations. Fun fact; Outside of work, Andy enjoys playing golf and keeping bees.
Hannah joined ADSL in 2019 after 10 years in retail management. Hannah's previous experience was in a performance driven environment but she really enjoyed being part of a team and leading by example. Hannah's role within the DermaCentre places her perfectly in the middle of a community of individuals ADSL work with for clinical evaluation activity as well as clients who want to complete regulatory requirements concerning objective claim data. Hannah enjoys the variety of the job, from study protocols through to collation of Product Information Files. Fun fact; Hannah is a keen amateur runner.
Finance & Accounts
With 16 years’ experience as a Practice Accountant, Steven joined ADSL as the Internal Accountant in 2019. Steven has known Mark and Claire for many years and is a dynamic addition to the team. Steven oversees the financial & accounts aspects of the business. A hands on, transparent and approachable individual. Steven is focused on delivering a reassuring influence to each and every one of our customers. Fun fact; Steven was, at one time, the youngest person in the UK to achieve a red kruang-ruang (equivalent to black belt) in Muay Thai.
Dr. Mihaela Costache has been part of the ADSL team since 2015. With over 15 years experience in both pharmaceutical & cosmetic sectors and as one of the leading consultant dermatologists in the UK, Dr Costache is a valuable part of ADSL's DermaCentre activities. He extensive work & experience in the field of dermatology has contributed significantly to our understanding of the skin & its biological mechanisms. GMC membership number: 7065702.
All services conducted in-house, enabling complete control of the development process. // Creativity and practicality are combined to produce innovative and exciting products in line with your brief and time expectations. // Final formulation includes a complete specification & blueprint for production so you can rest-assured your product will be ready for scale up. // Wealth of industry experience ensures we offer knowledge & guidance beyond the formulation itself, giving you an extra set of eyes for the road ahead.
Large and experienced Technical Compliance team enables ADSL to offer full toxicological reviews, meeting all regulatory bodies and ensuring products and raw materials are correctly analysed to meet the Cosmetic Product Safety Report (CPSR) standards. // Raw materials evaluation using in-house NOAEL and SED databases to ensure accurate Margin of Safety calculations with supporting evidence. // Technical and commercial advice to meet artwork compliance regulations, including reliable and up to date knowledge of regulatory changes. // Advice and help for clients to place products on the Cosmetic Product Notification Portal (CPNP) (EC1223/2009).
We are a UKAS accredited testing laboratory offering a range of accredited and non accredited tests. // Formulation analysis to meet all Challenge Testing protocols, including BP, EP, USP and EU Pharmacopeia for confident product launches. // Batch testing for Total Viable Count (TVC) including advice concerning manufacturing plant issues. // Bespoke consultancy to help with preservative choices, warehousing, manufacturing safety and more. This includes plant hygiene inspections to remove any kind of contamination concern. // Compatibility testing which meets accepted protocols and checks for potential changes in appearance, leakage, colour, smell or any other unforeseen issue. // Full stability testing in line with industry recommendations, including interim reports.
Help registering as an upstream or downstream user for REACH compliance. // Experienced and proactive global regulatory advice for the EU, FDA, ASEAN, Canada and Oriental markets. Including formulating, labelling, claims and ingredient legislation. // Advice to meet your company's manufacturing requirements, including Risk Assessments and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP). These reports enable personnel to deliver products to the market effectively and safely. Organic and Natural Standards - consultancy for all grades of ECOCERT, BDIH, Soil Association, EU Flower or other accreditation. // Fairtrade Standards - an increasingly prevalent and sort-after form of certification, ADSL has a knowledge and understanding which can help you gain Fairtrade accreditation. // An experienced team with many years working in industry can provide consultancy services for certification compliance extending beyond the more universally recognised standards listed above.
User Trial Reports (UTRs) can be a vital aspect of product development and marketing, demonstrating the safety, efficacy and user perception of a product and justifying and enhancing the claims being made. UTRs also offer statistical overviews of results that enable a better understanding of optimum product positioning and likely success // Fundamentally, and within the EU, UTRs form part of addressing Commission Regulation (EU) No 655/2013 which lays down the common criteria for the justification of claims used in relation to cosmetic products. The product must also conform to the requirements under EU Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009 Article 10, Annex 10 providing a statement on the safety of the cosmetic product taking into account the intended use of the cosmetic product and the anticipated systemic exposure to individual ingredients in the final formulation // ADSL’s UTR platform has been designed around the need for Clients to have close involvement with the questionnaire design and user trial operation, enabling a real-time view of UTR status and data as well as advanced permissioning controls of colleagues within an organisation. In addition, a dedicated ADSL UTR monitor ensures smooth administration and provides Clients’ assistance at every step of the process.
Formed in 2008, our fully qualified, independent team of Chartered Chemists, Toxicologists, Microbiologists and Regulatory experts specialise in formulation and testing services within the cosmetic and household goods Industry. We are a UKAS accredited testing laboratory offering a range of accredited and non accredited microbiological tests. With our exceptional expertise and complementary skills in manufacturing, process controls, industry regulation, health and safety, marketing, and project management we are with you every step of the way to see your product through to successful market launch. Furthermore, our technical consulting helps many businesses by cost effectively filling gaps in their skills and knowledge base and providing a fresh perspective and strategy on the best way forward. Fundamentally we have the the knowledge and know-how to successfully take your cosmetic product to market. Your product inside out.