11 Oct 2016 - Dan Whitby joins Alba Science as Development Officer

Alba Science are pleased to announce that Dan Whitby has joined our team in the new role of Development Officer.

With 20 years experience in the personal care industry and having previously worked for Boots in formulation, innovation and claims testing, Dan will now apply his skills and experience to both promote and develop our offer.

He joins us from Cornelius where he had a hands on role with customers advising on market trends, raw material selection, in particular the use of actives to support product claims, and product development.

He will continue this hands on approach working with our sales team and our extensive global customer base as well as exploring new opportunities for us.

Alba Science will be on stand 414 at SCS Formulate November 15th and 16th where Dan will be available to discuss your testing requirements.

Dan will continue to support the Society of Cosmetic Scientists in his role as RDG North Chair.

02 Sep 2016 - Alba Science ISO Accreditation 2016

A full assessment of Alba Science was carried out by Exova BM TRADA who are fully accredited by UKAS.

Alba Science are once again very proud to be fully accredited for the following management systems:

ISO 9001:2008 (Quality Management System)
ISO 14001:2004 (Environmental Management System)
OHSAS 18001:2007 (Health & Safety Management System)


07 May 2015 - Alba Science - Capturing Your Data


Alba Science prides itself on being the industry leader in consumer product testing by using state of the art,  integrated data solutions to deliver your study results on time and to international data standard reporting requirements. Our study management, eCRF and client portal systems are designed to give you access to your data in real time.

Our Study Management System  (SMS) is the backbone of our technology. SMS manages all aspects of our studies, such as;
  • Subject Recruitment
  • Test Material Control
  • Randomisation 
  • Data Production
  • Data Entry
  • Paperwork
  • Infrastructure
The Alba eCRF system is an in-house study management system with an integrated CRF interface designed to deliver efficient study setup, execution and reporting. The system can be easily customised to reflect any study design.

Alba Science can deliver your tailored data in CDISC format allowing faster time to market. Using CDISC also provides the ability to meet compilation standards for both clinical data systems and regulatory submissions. 

By using the best and latest technology Alba Science can deliver studies with;
  • Increased Efficiency
  • Improved Reliability 
  • Enhanced Delivery
  • Exceptional Cost Effectiveness 

You can view our full service brochure here

To discuss your specific requirements or for more information, please contact Marie Reynolds on +44 (0)131 297 0002, or by email 


17 Mar 2015 - Alba Science at Making Cosmetics 2015


Alba Science are excited to kick-off conference season 2015 at Making Cosmetics. 

Alba Science will be exhibiting at Making Cosmetics at The Ricoh Arena in Coventry on 24th and 25th March. We would like to invite you to come along and visit our senior team, which includes Chief Technical Officer, Marie Reynolds.

Visit us on stand 208 where you will be able to find out more about our key service lines;

  • Safety
  • Efficacy
  • Sun
  • Hair
  • Oral Care
  • Insight
  • Sensory 
You will also be able to pick up a hard copy of the Alba Science 2015 Service Brochure. However, if you'd prefer to view this online you can do that here.

We look forward to seeing you and please visit us on stand 208 to sample a taste of Scotland. 

11 Feb 2015 - Alba Science - Sensory Studies

At Alba Science we can provide a number of Sensory studies for your products.
Some of the common characteristics which can be assessed using a sensory study are
  • Taste
  • Bitterness
  • Smell, Odour
  • Feel, Weight, Handling
  • Haptics and Usability
  • Texture
  • Branding, Image.
The Sensory studies we provide include;

Taste Studies

Taste studies are used to evaluate the taste of a product, usually in comparison to a control product. The process is highly prescribed and includes timed tastings, cleansing of the palette and appropriate breaks. We also perform bitterness studies using specially trained volunteers. 

Preference Studies

Alba Science offers a range of preference studies conducted in panels of all sizes. these studies are very rigorous in design and can gather data on many characteristics of your products. From the traditional 'Old vs New' comparison for bitterness and acceptability. 

Smoking and NRT

We have a wealth of experience in conducting large scale and multi-centered smoking and and NRT studies. These studies can be used to evaluate the efficacy and suitability of NRT and e-Cigarette products using subjective questioning, complex survey completion and clinical evaluation.

It is often useful to combine a sensory evaluation component with other study designs. For example, when assessing a new cosmetic product for efficacy, it may also be worthwhile to use a sensory study on the same subjects to evaluate their sensory preferences for the smell, packaging and general acceptability of the product. Making use of the existing subjects keeps the additional cost to a minimum, whilst maximising the the value of of the subjects by collecting additional data. 

We have developed a tailored computer system to run our Taste and Sensory studies. The system provides an intuitive interface for respondents to follow the the designated procedure for any study. This typically includes questions and other data collection, breaks and instructions for the respondent to follow. The system operates on all terminals to allow for large group of respondents at a time.  

You can view our full service brochure here

To discuss your specific requirements or for more information, please contact Marie Reynolds on +44 (0)131 297 0002, or by email