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Intensive Course in Dermato-Cosmetic Sciences


Objectives of the intensive course

The course offers an intensive training programme, designed for those of graduate and postgraduate status, in the field of dermato-cosmetic sciences. Our aspiration is not only to provide up-to-date reliable scientific information of university standard regarding the preparation and production of chemically and toxicologically well- defined dermato-cosmetic products, but also of the close interaction between products and the skin as a living organ. The course is aimed to form specialists for the cosmetic industry, the dermatologically oriented pharmaceutical industry and for professionals in research and development, scientists, marketeers and training people involved in dermato-cosmetics.

Our Intensive Course in Dermato-Cosmetic Sciences is organized this year for the 33rd time at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. The focus of the course is on efficacy of cosmetic products”.

According to Cosmetic Regulation N°1223/2009/EC, besides the safety of cosmetics, their efficacy also plays an important role in the Product Information File (PIF), which needs to be prepared for each cosmetic product placed on the EU market. In Regulation N°1223/2009/EC, it is clearly indicated what criteria should be taken into consideration for effective claim substantiation.

In the actual course you will hear what the EU regulatory framework means in terms of safety and claim substantiation.

Registration for the course will open in June 2020.


Key questions to be tackled by the course

  • How to realize daily skin care and how to deal with the delicate napkin zone of babies?
  • The microbiome of human skin: a hype or a key factor for maintaining a healthy skin?
  • Deodorants based on the skin microbiome concept: how far are we?
  • How important is the barrier function of the skin? Can we affect it using cosmetics? 
  • What is "sensitive skin”?
  • What are the newest findings concerning skin aging? Role of sun exposure?
  • How can one efficiently protect the skin from premature aging?
  • Efficacy testing of a cosmetic product is part of the PIF of that product and claims made need to follow the criteria laid down in Regulation N°1223/2009/EC: what to expect and how to deal with it?
  • What is an iso-norm?
  • How effective are skin care products? Can their efficacy be objectively evaluated using non-invasive methods on humans? Are there new techniques available?
  • Is the application of new approach methodologies (NAMs) for safety evaluation of cosmetics possible today? How can we test safety and efficacy of cosmetics without experimental animals?

Organisation of the training course

Course administrators

André Barel

Doctor in Biochemistry, special license in Cosmetology, professor emeritus in Chemistry and Biochemistry, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, active emeritus for the Department of General and Biological Chemistry.

Vera Rogiers

Doctor in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Master in Applied Toxicology, was for many years full-time professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in the faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy and head of the department of In Vitro Toxicology and Dermato-Cosmetology (IVTD). She is since last year emeritus professor but is as part-time professor active in Dermato-Cosmetology. Besides teaching at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Ghent University (UGent) and Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), she organizes international courses on Cosmetics and Risk Assessment. She is co-chair of the Scientific Committee on Consumers Safety (SCCS) at the commission level and is chair of the recently created Innovation Centre-3Rs (IC-3Rs) at the VUB with focus on replacing experimental animals by novel technology. Her main research activity is situated in experimental toxicology, in the development of in vitro models as an alternative to the use of experimental animals. Actual focus is on the differentiation of human skin-derived stem cells to functional hepatic cells and their application for drug discovery and the detection of drug-induced liver injury. She has been promoter of 28 doctoral theses, is author of >320 publications in international journals and is editor of several scientific books. She is an often-invited speaker and participated in the organization of more than 60 international congresses. She has coordinated 2 EU research projects and was partner in several FP6 and FP7 EU projects concerned with in vitro methodology development. Of the obtained scientific results, several patents have been filed. Throughout her carrier she received several international scientific awards, in particular for her pioneering role in in vitro experimental toxicology. Last year she became laureate of the Francqui Chair at the University of Antwerp (UAntwerpen).

Diane Roseeuw

Aggregated PhD in Dermatology, professor emeritus in Dermatology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, previous head of the Department of Dermatology of the University Hospital of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, now active emeritus for the department.

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Please note that the number of participants is limited to 50. In view of the high number of participants in the courses organised during the last years, it is highly advisable to send in your registration form as soon as possible. Registration will be carried out on a first come first served basis.


Registered participants who cannot attend the course may apply for a refund of the registration fee. A substitute delegate is, of course, welcome. Notification is made via e-mail. The participant is entitled to a refund, minus a service fee, according to the following guidelines:

  • 14 to 11 business days before starting date of the course - 25 % of the total amount
  • 10 to 6 business days before starting date of the course - 50 % of the total amount

Regrettably, no refunds will be made if notification is made less than 5 business days prior to the course.