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Intensive Course in Dermato-Cosmetic Sciences with focus on efficacy measurement

Monday, 7 September, 2015 - 09:00 to Friday, 11 September, 2015 - 15:30
Campus: Brussels Health Campus
Faculty: Medicine and Pharmacy
Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Medical Campus Jette, Laarbeeklaan 103, 1090 Brussels, Belgium

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This international course has been organized in 1992 and from 1995 on every year. Because of its overwhelming success it will be organized again this year. 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 products, but also of the close interaction between dermatologic or cosmetic 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 29th time at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. The course evoluates more and more towards an “Intensive Course in Dermato-Cosmetic Sciences with focus on efficacy of Cosmetic Products”.

As you probably know, in the new Cosmetic Regulation (Recast), efficacy plays a more prominent role than before and European standards are being discussed between the Commission and Cosmetics Europe.

In the actual Course, starting on the 7th of September 2015 at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, you will hear what the new EU regulatory framework means in terms of safety and claim substantiation.

Key questions to be tackled by the course:

  • How to realise daily skin care and how to deal with the delicate napkin zone?
  • How important is the barrier function of the skin?
  • What is "sensitive skin”?
  • What are the newest findings concerning skin aging?
  • How can one efficiently protect the skin from premature aging?
  • Efficacy testing of cosmetics is a part of the new RECAST regulation: what to expect and how to deal with it?
  • What about the notification of cosmetic products via the CPNP?
  • How effective are skin care products ? Can their efficacy be objectively evaluated by the use of non-invasive methods on humans? Are there new techniques available?
  • How important is dermal absorption for the safety of dermato-cosmetics?
  • How safe are dermato-cosmetics today?
  • Is the application of in vitro methods for safety testing of cosmetics possible today? How can we test safety and efficacy of cosmetics without experimental animals?


Course Administrators

André Barel

Doctor in Biochemistry, special licence 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, full-time professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in the faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy; head of department of Toxicology; lecturing the courses of toxicology, chemical quality and toxicity of cosmetics, and galenics (dermatological preparations) to pharmacy students; responsible for two research teams, one in experimental in vitro toxicology and one in dermato-cosmetology. Organizer of the course: “Safety Assessment of Cosmetics in the EU”. At the European level, co-chair of the SCCS (Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety), till April 2013, now invited expert. Chairperson of ecopa (European Consensus Platform on 3R-Alternative Methods) from 2000-2009.

Research partner in several FP6 and FP7 EU projects (CarcinoGENOMICS, Liintop, ESNATS, DETECTIVE and HemiBio) and from 2008 - 2010 coordinator of the START-UP project. Member of the mirror group of epaa (The European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing). Member of ESAC (ECVAM Scientific Advisory Committee), till April 2013.

Diane Roseeuw

Aggregated PhD in Dermatology, professor in Dermatology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, head of the Department of Dermatology of the University Hospital of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.



Date and location

The Intensive Course in Dermato-Cosmetic Sciences will be held from Monday September to Friday 11 September 2015 at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Medical Campus Jette, Laarbeeklaan 103, 1090 Brussels, Belgium.


The official language of the course is English. No simultaneous translation will be provided.

Course notes

Complete course notes will be available for all the participants.

Course fee

The registration rate for the Intensive Course in Dermato-Cosmetic Sciences is 1.910 euro.

The course fee covers all lessons, examination costs, course notes, welcome reception, coffee breaks, daily shuttle bus between hotel BLOOM!and the university and the guided excursion in Mechelen on Wednesday 9 September 2015 with get-together and dinner. Lunches are served at the university and are also included in the course fee.

Social programme

Sunday 6 Sept. 2015: welcome gathering.

Wednesday 9 Sept. 2015: guided visit to Mechelen, get-together and course dinner.


Please note that the number of participants is limited to 55. In view of the high number of participants in the dermato-cosmetic courses organised during the last years by the same course administrators, it is highly advisable to register online 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.


Hotel BLOOM! ****
Rue Royale 250, 1210 Brussels, Belgium
T: +32 (0)2 220 66 11 - F: +32 (0)2 217 84 44

A free shuttle bus service will operate on a daily basis between Hotel BLOOM! and the university.


During the course you can stay at Hotel Bloom! at very special, well-negotiated rates.
The rates are 85,00 euro/night during the weekend and 140,00 euro/night from Monday till Thursday (breakfast, internet, fitness… included).

By ticking ‘Hotel BLOOM!’ on the registration form, you will find a link to the reservation form in the confirmation email.

Please fill out the ‘Hotel reservation form’ and email to meeting@hotelbloom.com. Payment is not included in the course fee and will be asked at check-out.


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