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Intensive Course in Dermato-Cosmetic Sciences - 2017 -

Monday, 18 September, 2017 - 09:00 to Friday, 22 September, 2017 - 15:30
Campus: Brussels Health Campus
Faculty: Geneeskunde en Farmacie
Vrije Universiteit Brussel - Laarbeeklaan 103 - 1090 Brussel

Read more about the programme

Our Intensive Course in Dermato-Cosmetic Sciences is organized this year for the 31st 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 N°1223/2009/EC, efficacy plays a more prominent role than before.

In the actual course 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?
  • The microbiome of human skin: a hype or a key factor for maintaining a healthy skin?
  • 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 Regulation N°1223/2009/EC: what to expect and how to deal with it?
  • 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 evaluation of cosmetics possible today? How can we test safety and efficacy of cosmetics without experimental animals?

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, full-time professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in the faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy; head of department of In Vitro Toxicology and Dermato-Cosmetology (IVTD); 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), and chair of the subgroup “Methodology”. Member of the mirror group of Epaa (The European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing).

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.

Course fee

The registration rate for the Intensive Course in Dermato-Cosmetic Sciences is 1.980 euro.

The course fee, payable via credit card, together with the online registration, 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 20 September 2017 with get-together and dinner. Lunches are served at the university and are also included in the course fee. 

Social Programme

Sunday 17 Sept. 2017: welcome gathering.
Wednesday 20 Sept. 2017: guided visit to Mechelen, get-together and course dinner.


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