Hair and skin diseases are among the most common reasons for those who refer to clinics and private offices. Because in most of these diseases in addition to the fundamental nature of the disease, patients also suffer from visual changes. In the case of hair and skin diseases, efficacy of therapy is usually evaluated through qualitative assessment such as physician judgment, patient satisfaction, and a comparative study of before and after the treatmentphotos. Standardization of qualitative assessment is tough and the assessment methods are not justifiable in scientific research.

Fortunately, novel technologies have enabled dermatologists, health centers and skin products manufacturing factories to quantitatively assess most parameters of hair and skin. Accordingly, aiming at providing standard services for related industries, research centers, dermatologists and patients, the Pharmaceutical, Cosmeceutical and Hygienic Skin Products Clinical Evaluation Unit (DermaLab) was established in February 2010 in Center for Research and Training in Skin Diseases and Leprosy (CRTSDL). CRTSDL is the first in thecountry to launch the center for diagnosis of skin parameters. DermaLab activities are as follows:

·         Design and implementation of joint research projects between universities and industry

·         Clinical evaluation of safety and efficacy of pharmaceutical, cosmeceutical and hygienic skin products

·         Courses and workshops in cosmetics, and skin biometrology