BCM Analytical Services


Thane Road West
NG90 2DB
United Kingdom



BCM is the contract manufacturing business of Walgreens Boots Alliance and is one of the largest health and beauty contract manufacturers in Western Europe with over 100 years' experience of manufacturing health and beauty products


We have three factories and a packing facility which produce products that are sold around the world.

BCM manufactures consumer health and beauty products for internal supply and third party brands and also produces special prescription medicines for individual use in the UK through BCM Specials.

Our vision is to be the health and beauty contract manufacturer of choice, trusted to create great products which help people look and feel their best. We strive to achieve this in all we do, underpinned by our core business values of a ‘can do' attitude, customer focus, lean spirit and teamwork.

We offer a range of solutions to suit our customers' needs and requirements. This includes a full service offering and delivering a client brief from the product concept through to testing, manufacturing and packing.

BCM operates factories in Nottingham in the UK, Vitre in France and Frankfurt in Germany. Our factories are operated at the highest standards to ensure quality products are produced and to provide a safe working environment for our colleagues.


BCM's research and development teams have the technical experience and expertise to provide a comprehensive product development service.

We continually investigate and develop new formulas and packing technologies to grow and improve our product portfolio. Our R&D teams work closely with customers to develop new and innovative formulation and packaging solutions for the cosmetic and toiletries industries.

Regulatory and quality control

As part of our full service offer, we support our customers to develop products that are compliant in various parts of the world. We have an experienced regulatory team that follows up on local regulations so that we develop and maintain up-to-date cosmetics files.

We also provide support for claims substantiations and safety testing.

Our facility in Nottingham, UK, can produce licensed and monograph products as well as non-licensed cosmetics and personal care products.

Quality control

We continuously challenge ourselves to maintain the highest quality standards. As a contract manufacturer, we also work very closely with our customers to fulfil their specific quality expectation in terms of product development and process validation.

BCM comply with the following standards:

Drug Good Manufacturing Practice in European Council (EC):

  • Directive 2001/20/EC
  • Directive 2004/27/EC
  • Directive 2005/28/EC
  • ISO 13485 for Medical Devices
  • Cosmetic Good Manufacturing Practice ISO 22716
  • Council Directive 93/43/EEC
  • Regulation (EC) 178/2002
  • Regulation (EC) 852/2004
  • Drug Firm Establishment and Registration - FDA
  • The misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 (Regulation 5)

Analytical services

Analytical Services offers a full spectrum of physical, chemical and microbiological testing services to ensure that products are stable and safe for release.

We have specialised laboratories and a team who are devoted to stability and quality testing to ensure that all retail products have undergone our rigorous tests. We have the capability to analyse a wide range of products including tablets, capsules, gels, powders, liquids, sprays and injections.

This can also be a standalone service and is contracted out to customers. Our customers benefit from access to specialised expertise and the reassurance of using an established and trusted provider.

BCM Specials

BCM Specials has over 70 years heritage in the manufacture of specialised prescription medicines for community and hospital pharmacy, dispensing doctors, wholesalers and veterinary practices.

On a daily basis we are using our knowledge and expertise to manufacture the highest quality medicines tailored to specifically meet the needs of individual patients to help make a difference to their lives.

We combine market-leading technology with traditional pharmaceutical manufacturing methods at our Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) approved laboratories in Nottingham to produce thousands of products every week. BCM Specials covers a wide range of medicine dosage forms, including:

  • Creams, ointments and lotions
  • Capsules
  • Oral liquids
  • Reefers
  • Suppositories and pessaries
  • Enemas
  • Nasal and ear drops
  • Pastilles
  • Eye drops and lotions
  • Powder sachets
  • Injections
  • Nebuliser solutions
  • Patch Tests

We also offer a wide range of small scale manufacturing services such as clinical trial supply: contact details.

Clinical trial manufacture

BCM have the capabilities to supply IMPs suitable for use in clinical trials. We have the expertise to make, test, release and ship a number of different product types.

BCM can provide support with:

  • Fit-for-purpose formulation & manufacturing process development
  • GMP compliant manufacturing & packing
  • Analytical and microbiological method development, validation & testing
  • QP release of finished products
  • ICH stability storage for shelf-life determination