About the Safety Assessor

Qualified cosmetic safety assessor, based in the UK but working for clients throughout Europe


Worked in pharmaceutical industry for 15 years before moving to cosmetics industry

Geraldine Garrs worked initially as a laboratory scientist in analysis and stability testing and later doing regulatory submissions to bodies such as U.K. MHRA and U.S. FDA in the pharmaceutical industry. In 2012 she moved to work in the cosmetic and personal care regulatory sector, in time for the transition to the more stringent Regulation EC1223/2009 implemented in 2013.

Since then Geraldine has worked with one of the most experienced safety assessors in the UK, Edmund Fowles (www.efchemicalconsulting.co.uk), to gain the knowledge and experience to become a qualified safety assessor for cosmetic products in the EU.


Qualifications, training and experience

Geraldine Garrs became a Chartered Chemist with the Royal Society of Chemistry as a Pharmaceutical Scientist in 2005 and re-chartered in 2015 after working in the cosmetics sector. Relevant training includes:

  • Feb 2015: 6-day advanced course on ‘Safety Assessment of Cosmetics in the EU’ under Professor Vera Rogiers at VUB Universiteit, Brussels
  • Dec 2013: ‘Intermediate Toxicology – For Non Toxicologists’
  • 1994-2009: Regular training and assessment on Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)
Geraldine has a wealth of experience dealing with all kinds of ingredients including botanical extracts, essential oils and perfumes, as well as all the standard and well-known cosmetic ingredients.

Geraldine Garrs (centre) receiving Chartered Chemist certificate from Helen Pain, Deputy Chief Executive of the RSC (left) and Professor Sabine Flitsch, RSC Council member and Chair in Chemical Biology at University of Manchester (right).

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