With more than 30 years of experience, AMA is an independent commercial testing laboratory specializing in safety and efficacy. AMA serves a wide variety of manufacturers and formulators of cosmetic, drug, medical device, automotive, and household products. We also perform specialized testing, including Matched Scientific Photography™, paired with Photogrammetrix® image analysis, and PolyChrommetrix® 3D Modeling to uniquely position product claim support.
AMA started life as a small-scale safety testing facility for cosmetic products applied to the skin in the mid-80’s. With a handful of employees, AMA concentrated on RIPT, irritation, and sensitization related work. As time progressed AMA acquired a number of Solar Simulators and began to engage in UVB and SPF evaluation. Presently AMA is the premier sunscreen testing laboratory.
By the early 90’s AMA had over a dozen employees and was conducting moisturization, TEWL, and skin firmness evaluations. As time continued to pass, AMA grew and expanded into Antiperspirant testing, UVA, and In-Vitro analysis for topically applied products and duration/durability studies for cosmetics.
AMA became involved with lab scale photography and realized there was an industry need for unaltered high-resolution images used in claim substantiation, marketing and visual documentation of product efficacy. From this core concept, we developed Matched Scientific Photography™, which has now been accepted by numerous international legal and regulatory agencies. As our photography developed, we explored the possibilities of standardized measurements, which could be applied directly to the scientifically controlled images. Today these methods fall under the scope of Photogrammetrix®, a proprietary technique quantifying biophysical changes through a number of advanced imaging systems.