Stephen Kirk



I am a highly qualified cosmetic regulatory professional with more than 20 years’ experience working in the Research and Development laboratories of Boots UK. My expertise spans all ‘cradle-to-grave’ activities of New Product Development from prototyping to launch, and includes collaborating with contract manufacturers and cosmetic developers in Europe and the Far East.  More recently, since May 2016 I have been working as an independent consultant.

My know-how encompasses ingredient selection and approval, formulation review, approval and testing, safety assessment according to the EU regulatory framework and market surveillance following launch, including dermatology follow-up. I also have considerable experience working at European level. I have been actively involved in several Task Forces established by Cosmetics Europe (the European cosmetic industry trade association), including those addressing cosmetovigilance and the defence of key ingredients.

I have been an invited Speaker at several Seminars organised by the CTPA (UK cosmetic industry trade association) and UK Society of Cosmetic Scientists covering a diverse range of topics.

I was the Chairman of both the CTPA Toxicology Advisory Panel and CTPA / British Society for Cutaneous Allergy Working Group until April 2016, and remain active in these two groups. I am a Member of the European Society for Contact Dermatitis, US Society of Toxicology, Royal Society of Biology and UK Society of Cosmetic Scientists. I am also a Chartered Biologist and European Registered Toxicologist.

Stephen Kirk :

When a consumer reacts to a cosmetic product: From Cosmetovigilance to Patch testing

November 14, 2018 11:30 - 12:30