A visit to Laboratoires BIOTIC Phocea

Sliding his personal card into the reader, the Research and Development Manager of Laboratoires BIOTIC Phocea triggers the latch of the security door. He glances at us as the door clicks open, as if to say, “Get ready to enter a different world”. Dressed in a lab coat, shoe protectors and a hairnet, we plunge into the sci-fi atmosphere of the company’s most secure area.

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Measures to check the air in the laboratory

Sliding his personal card into the reader, the Research and Development Manager of Laboratoires BIOTIC Phocea triggers the latch of the security door. He glances at us as the door clicks open, as if to say, “Get ready to enter a different world”. Dressed in a lab coat, shoe protectors and a hairnet, we plunge into the sci-fi atmosphere of the company’s most secure area.

The air can be breathed normally, although the 130m2 room has a cottony atmosphere. “It’s the purity of the filtered air that causes this sensation,” we learn. In this atmospheric class D space, particles as small as 0.5 micrometres are filtered out, allowing for the safe handling of ingredients: emulsions, measurements and filling operations are conducted in conditions of near-perfect cleanliness. The cream that Mathilde, a laboratory technician, is making is free of dust, which carries microorganisms and is meticulously kept out of BIOTIC Phocea’s labs. The same goes for its body oils and hand treatments. This ensures that these dermocosmetic products retain their active properties, texture quality and  long shelf life.

BIOTIC Phocea’s cosmetics benefit from the extremely strict standards applied to the medical products manufactured here.

As such, Laboratoires BIOTIC Phocea operates according to the ISO 9001 and EN 13485 standards, which specify the procedures to be followed to obtain medical devices with a high level of quality.

We are about to leave when we ask, “How do we avoid contaminating the area with impure outside air when leaving?” But there’s no reason to worry: the clean room is over-pressurized compared to the outside, which prevents impurities from entering.

Fully reassured of the quality of BIOTIC Phocea’s cosmetics manufacturing process, we leave the clean room to re-enter the impure world.