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Did you recieve the native student email newsletter - that is great thank you for clicking through to find out more! We have a number of student volunteers, volunteering with us can work well for students currently studying. Our volunteering opportunities are paid and our studies vary in the number of visits and visit durations which can work well with a student schedule. You can recieve paid expenses in the form of a cheque for your participation - the expenses can vary from £15 to upwards of £400 depending on the study type.

Who are we and what do we do?

We are Alba Volunteers, the recruitment division of Eurofins Alba.   We are responsible for recruiting volunteers to take part in the studies that we run for our customers.  We maintain our active panel of volunteers who can take part in our studies at our test centre in Edinburgh city centre.

We test toiletries and cosmetic products for a large number of global brands.  These products need to be tested with consumers before being released to the market, and this testing needs to be done independently, so that's why Alba Volunteers is here.  We perform safety, efficacy and home-user studies.  We provide our customers with study data which they can use to market their products or to drive their own product development processes.  The data we provide our customers with is anonymous.  You can find out more about this in our Privacy Policy.  Your data is not used for anything else or provided to anyone else.

For more information read our Volunteer Brochure.

To find out about our current studies you can view these on our website and our studies are also posted on our socials. Follow us!

Our volunteer panels

We maintain 2 panels of volunteers.  Our clinical panel perform on-site studies at our

Broughton Street facility in Edinburgh.  This panel is around 10,000 people in size, mostly from

in and around Edinburgh. We would require you to attend visits to at our test centre which is at

the top of Broughton Street, EH1 3RH. If you would like to register please complete our

registration survey by clicking here


Our Home-User panel is around 15,000 people in size.  This panel consists of consumers

throughout the UK who test products at home for us.

At present we are not registering any new volunteers for our Home-User panel. 

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Type of products we test

We test a variety of products.  The vast majority of these products are already on sale on the high street.  We run most of our clinical studies at our Edinburgh facility.  Here, we test soaps to ensure that they do not dry the skin or cause any irritation.  We test moisturisation and hydration products to ensure that they perform well over a period of time.  We test spot and acne treatment products to see if they work.  We also perform a variety of hair studies, testing everything from colour and dye-performance to dandruff reduction.  These are just a few examples of the studies we run. Click here to find out what other study types are available.

Product safety

The safety and well being of our volunteers is paramount.  All the products we test are certified to be safe to test and have undergone all necessary testing before coming to us.  All our volunteers are provided with full information on the products being tested.

How we compensate our volunteers

For our clinical studies, run in Edinburgh, we pay expenses to each volunteer upon completion of each study.  The amount can vary from £15 to £500, depending on the type and duration of the study.  

Finding out more

We welcome any questions you may have and are happy to answer these for you.  Please contact us.

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