This information explains to you a little about what is involved when you become a member of our test panel. If you feel that you would like to join, then please fill out the application form . The application form is in no way binding and you are free to change your mind at any time.
If you would like some further information about what is involved, or have any particular questions, please feel free to contact us.
Who are Cutest and what do subjects do?
Cutest was first established in 1984 and we specialise in designing and conducting skin tests in healthy subjects (not patients). People initially express their interest in joining our test panel by completing and returning the application form. They will then be given a health screen by a registered general nurse before joining our test panel. Once somebody has joined they will be contacted about upcoming tests if they are eligible. Subjects can always decide if they wish to participate or not.
How are the tests performed?
All cosmetic tests are carried out on the surface of the skin. The test area will most usually be the back, the arm or the face.
The studies will be performed by suitably qualified and trained staff.
We employ a Consultant ophthalmologist to supervise any studies near to, or including the eyes.
All studies are carried out under Good Clinical Practice guidelines, and only after receiving ethical approval from an independent board.
What products do you normally test and why?
We test products that regularly come into contact with the skin for example body creams, face creams, washes, soaps, make-up, fragrances, sunscreen and many more.
There are two main reasons that a skin product may require testing. Firstly, before being launched onto the market it needs to be demonstrated that the product will not cause any skin reaction.
Secondly if the product is making a specific claim, for example ‘moisturising’, ‘suitable for sensitive skin’ or ‘no more tears’, then this must be scientifically proven.
What kinds of tests are there?
There are a variety of tests available, but as an example, a frequently used test is an ‘Irritancy Test’. This involves wearing small test patches on the back. These are examined every two or three days for a sign of reaction. If a skin reaction develops the patch is taken off early. A reaction is like a small patch of eczema and usually disappears in a few days.
How long do the tests last?
Our most common studies last between one day and four weeks, however the duration will vary according to particular project requirements.
What health risks are involved?
If an adverse skin reaction to a product occurs our Study Nurses or Dermatologist will discontinue the testing. The trial can also be discontinued at any time at the volunteer’s request.
How much will I get paid?
What you earn depends on the length and type of the study. It will also be related to how often you were required to attend and the duration of your visits.
Can I decide which tests I want to take part in?
If you are suitable for a certain study then you may be contacted by telephone or post to see if you are interested in participating, but participation in any trial is entirely voluntary.
How do I start?
Initially you must complete some forms concerning your health, medical history and personal circumstances. You will also see the nurse at Cutest for a health screen; they will also examine your skin and ask questions about any medication you are taking. All information collected will be regarded as strictly confidential.
When there is an upcoming study that you are suitable for you will be given written information about the test, and given the time to consider before being asked if you would like to take part. You will also be asked to sign a consent form. You are under no obligation to take part in any test and are free to withdraw from the test panel at any time.
How do I prepare for the health screen?
When you come to Cutest for your health screen you must bring with you all current medication. You will also need with you a document as proof of identification: this should be a form of photo identification such as photo driving license, passport, photo bus pass or a birth certificate. You will be required to remove outer clothing (down to bra and pants) for the nurse to check your skin.
What happens to my personal information?
Any personal and medical details will be stored on a medical record card stored on the premises of Cutest Systems Ltd. In addition, some subject details may be stored on the computer system at Cutest. In this situation the principles of the 1998 Data Protection Act will be adhered to. This legislation governs the protection of personal data in the UK.
It is important to note that the information provided will be used to assess your suitability for certain studies. If you are suitable for certain studies then you will be contacted by telephone or post to see if you are interested in participating.
Any information collected during the course of any studies you volunteer in may be looked at by responsible individuals from the Sponsor and Regulatory authorities. In this situation your identity will be protected and you will be known only by test panel number, subject number and/or initials.
What age should I be?
You should be between 18 and 65 years of age – (Proof of identification will be required).
Can I do the tests if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?