• Advocacy

    Representing Cosmetic and Fragrance industry issues both locally and on Capitol Hill.

    ICMAD Supports the Introduction of the Safe Cosmetics Modernization Act  (Nov 19, 2015).

  • Education

    Fostering business growth and success for ICMAD members.

    - Tech Forum

    - FDA Workshop

    - Webinar Series

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  • Network

    A toolbox of networking events that connects you to opportunities.

    - Annual Meeting

    - Receptions and Tradeshows
    - Networking Receptions

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  • Resources

    Relevant technical and regulatory information delivered to you such as:

    - Webinars

    - Labeling Information

    - EU Guide

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  • Marketing

    Innovative marketing ideas, tools and resources to get you results.

    - Beauty Reference Guide

    - CITY Awards

    - Young Designers

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  • Events

    ICMAD provides events to meet your industry need for knowledge. Check back often to see what we have planned.


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COSMETIC & PERSONAL CARE

TRADE ASSOCIATION FOR ENTREPRENEURS

Welcome to the ICMAD website. ICMAD is a non profit trade association dedicated to providing programs and services to those creative, innovative cosmetic companies to help them succeed in the rapidly changing, highly competitive cosmetics and personal care industries. 

Our mission is to represent, educate and foster the growth and profitability of entrepreneurial companies in the cosmetic and personal care industries worldwide.

EVENTS
  • ICMAD Presents New Webinar, “Complying With The Mandatory 2015 CARB Consumer Product Survey” | The California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) 2015 data reporting for the Consumer Products Program began July 1, 2016, and ends on November 1, 2016. This is the third year of a 3-year reporting cycle and is mandatory for all responsible parties that sold consumer products in California during the 2015 calendar year. This year, the State of California has begun taking enforcement actions with companies that have not filed with CARB.
  • beautypress® Spotlight Day Press Event Fall/Winter Edition | Connect. Experience. Engage. Publish. Get a jump-start on your publicity for 2017 by meeting 100+ long and short-lead editors and high-end retailers at the beautypress® Spotlight Day Press Event Fall/Winter Edition!
  • ICMAD's Cosmoprof Asia Cocktail Reception | The pleasure of your company is requested at ICMAD's Annual Cocktail Reception at Cosmoprof Asia at Hong Kong's Convention and Exhibition Centre. Enjoy appetizers and drinks in the light of the beautiful Victoria Harbour. Mingle with ICMAD members and dignitaries and experience the splendor of a traditional dragon dance performance! RSVP is required for this complimentary event.
NEWS
  • ICMAD Presents Gold and Silver Awards - 2016 Innovation Zone Best Ingredient Awards |

    ICMAD in conjunction with in-cosmetics® had the honor of awarding the Gold and Silver Awards at the 2016 Innovation Zone Best Ingredient Awards, September 7, 2016, at the ceremony held at Pier 36, New York City.  The awards ceremony closed the first day of the in-cosmetics® inaugural two-day North American event.

  • ICMAD to Present Industry Award at in-cosmetics® North America |

    The Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers And Distributor's Introduce Industry Award at in-cosmetics® North America Inaugural Event

    ICMAD has been invited to introduce Innovation Zone Best Ingredient Award 2016 at inaugural in-cosmetics® North America event.

    Deer Park; August 26, 2016- ICMAD is proud to announce that it has been invited to present an industry award at the inaugural in-cosmetics® North America event.  The Innovation Zone Best Ingredient Award is designed to celebrate the development of a unique active or functional ingredient that combines innovative science and product features in a way that demonstrates substantial benefits to manufacturers and end-users when compared to existing ingredients.  ICMAD will appoint a panel of judges who will select the Gold and Silver Award winners who have launched a new ingredient within the last six months or who are launching exclusively at the show.

    in-cosmetics® global is the leading global business event for personal care ingredients.  With previous events taking place in Shanghai, China; Seoul, Korea; Sao Paulo, Latin America; and Bangkok, Asia; in-cosmetics® Paris 2016 brought together the world's leading R&D marketing specialists, formulators, and personal care ingredients suppliers, and showcased the most diverse range of innovative cosmetics technologies, services, and ingredients. Its unrivaled educational program provided a crucial insight into future scientific regulations, emerging trends, and advances.

  • ICMAD's Statement on Support of Legislation to Modernize the FDA's Oversight Over Cosmetics |

    As announced back in April of 2015, The Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors (ICMAD) decided after careful review and consideration, that it could not support the "Personal Care Products Safety Act," Bill (S. 1014) introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and co-sponsored by Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), as it placed too large a burden on small business, did not provide reasonable National Uniformity, and would, if passed, stifle innovation in the cosmetics and personal care industry.

    As stated by ICMAD's CEO Pam Busiek in April of 2015, "ICMAD has a long track record of working with federal regulators to promote product safety, honor the best science in our industry, and advance small businesses that innovate and provide jobs.  While we admired Senator Feinstein's sincere efforts toward modernization of the FDA laws governing cosmetics, the approach taken in this legislation was in conflict with these goals."

  • ICMAD to Present Informative Session at Cosmoprof North America |

    On July 25, 2016, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Reef D at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, NV, ICMAD will present Indies: Navigating Uncharted Paths (Making Little Bets).  In today's world of “#WCWWTWI” (what consumers want when they want it), the old traditional rules of distribution and branding no longer apply.  Hear successful entrepreneurs who will share their paths to success and how they found their voice and niche along the way.

  • ICMAD Announces 2016 CITY Award Finalists |

    More than 40 of the beauty industry’s most creative companies have been selected from over 120 entries as finalists in the 2016 Cosmetic Innovator of the Year (CITY) Awards.  Established by the Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors (ICMAD), the finalists will vie for top honors in this prestigious event to be held during Cosmoprof North America on July 25, 2016, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

  • Revered Industry Experts to Headline Cosmetic Innovators of the Year Awards, Honoring Best in Beauty Product Innovation |

    The Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors (ICMAD) is proud to announce the three revered beauty business experts who will headline the nation's premiere event honoring innovation and creativity in beauty product manufacturing and distribution. 

  • ICMAD President and CEO Hosts Panel at Cosmopack New York |

    The Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors (ICMAD) Association in relationship with Cosmopack, will exhibit and host an exciting panel of experts who will share their insights on the future of cosmetic packaging to be held on the opening day, Wednesday, May 11 (10:30 a.m. EST), at the Third Edition of Cosmopack New York, Spring Studios, 6 St. Johns Lane, Manhattan. 

  • ICMAD Applauds Additional Support for Proposed Cosmetics Legislation with Cosponsors from Key Districts in Texas |

    Support for H.R. 4075, the Safe Cosmetics Modernization Act, is gaining momentum with recent backing from two U.S. congressional leaders, including a Democratic cosponsor.

  • ICMAD Enhances 35th Annual FDA Cosmetic Regulations Workshop with Case Study Reviews |

    Dr. Linda Katz, the Director of the Office of Cosmetics and Colors (OCAC), in the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition is among the expert lineup in the Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors (ICMAD) Association’s 35th annual FDA Cosmetic Regulatory Workshop.

  • ICMAD Accepting Entries for Cosmetic Innovation to compete in 12th Annual CITY Awards |

    If you think outside the box, you may have the next big idea in cosmetic products, packaging, or marketing to compete in the ICMAD CITY Awards. Now through May 22, the Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors Association is accepting entries for the 12th edition of its esteemed “Cosmetic Innovator of The Year – CITY – Awards.” 

  • FDA, FTC, and Top Cosmetics Companies to Present at ACI and ICMAD’s Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Forum |

    In collaboration with American Conference Institute (ACI) the Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors (ICMAD) association is pleased to announce that the 3rd Annual Legal, Regulatory, and Compliance Forum on Cosmetics and Personal Care Products will take place at The Carlton Hotel, March 7-9, 2016, in New York City. 

  • ICMAD Announces Winners in 17th Annual Young Designers Competition |

    The Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors (ICMAD) Association is proud to announce the winners in the 2016 Young Designers Awards Competition. Five students were recognized during a dinner ceremony Feb. 18 at the Island Hotel Newport Beach, CA, where keynote speaker Chris Birchby, Founder and CEO of COOLA Suncare, and himself an acclaimed artist, addressed the audience of more than 100 industry leaders.

  • ICMAD Experts Prepare 100+ Cosmetics Professionals to “Build a Bulletproof Product” at Annual Technical Regulatory Forum |

    The Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors (ICMAD) Association hosted more than 100 professionals from the cosmetics and personal care industry at the annual Cosmetic Technical Regulatory Forum held today at the Island Hotel Newport Beach, CA.

  • COOLA CEO to Keynote 2016 Young Designers Awards |

    The Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors (ICMAD) Association today proudly announces that Chris Birchby, Founder and CEO of award-winning COOLA® Suncare, will be the keynote speaker for the 2016 Young Designers Awards Dinner and Ceremony Thursday evening, Feb. 18, at the Island Hotel Newport Beach, CA

  • ICMAD Announces Finalists in 17th Annual Young Designers Competition |

    The Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors (ICMAD) Association is proud to announce the three student finalists and two honorable mentions in the 2016 Young Designers Awards Competition.

  • ICMAD Responds to Microbead-Free Waters Act Passage by U.S. Senate |

    The Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers And Distributors (ICMAD) Association recognized passage by the U.S. Senate on Dec. 18 of a bill that is intended to eradicate the use of synthetic plastic microbeads in personal cleansing products. Known as the Microbead-Free Waters Act, the bill, which was already passed by the House, now awaits signature by President Obama to become law.

  • ICMAD Collaborates With American Conference Institute on Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Legislation Forum |

    The Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers And Distributors (ICMAD) association is collaborating with the American Conference Institute (ACI) to present the 3rd Annual Legal, Regulatory, and Compliance Forum on Cosmetics and Personal Care Products, March 7-9, 2016, at The Carlton Hotel, New York.

  • ICMAD Supports The Introduction of The Safe Cosmetics Modernization Act |

    Historic Legislation. The Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors (ICMAD) association is proud to support legislation introduced today by U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), H.R.4075, The Safe Cosmetics Modernization Act.

  • International Beauty Show Recognizes ICMAD for Global Leadership |

    ICMAD President and CEO Pamela J. Busiek joined BolognaFiere CEO and President Duccio Campagnoli, and UBM Asia Executive Vice President Michael Duck in opening the show on Nov. 11 at the Hong Kong Convention Centre with a ceremonial ribbon cutting. On behalf of ICMAD and its more than 700 member companies who participate in the business sector of cosmetics and personal care, Busiek accepted a plaque as sponsor of the “Country of Honour” for U.S.A.

  • ICMAD Represents U.S.A. As "Country of Honor" |

    ICMAD represents the United States as one of only two chosen "Countries of Honor" at Cosmoprof Asia Hong Kong, Nov. 11-13, 2015.

  • ICMAD To Represent U.S.A. As "Country of Honor" |

    ICMAD will represent the United States as one of only two chosen "Countries of Honor" at Cosmoprof Asia Hong Kong, Nov. 11-13, 2015.

  • ICMAD West Coast Regional Event with Jeremiah McElwee |

    ICMAD West Coast Regional Committee is honored to host Jeremiah McElwee, VP of Purchasing & Merchandising at Thrive Market, October 8, 2015.

  • ICMAD CEO Reinforces Need for Universal Standards |

    Speaking on behalf of small businesses and entrepreneurs in the $60B cosmetic and personal beauty industry, Pamela J. Busiek, CEO of The Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors (ICMAD), will stress the vital need for uniform standards between retailers and regulatory agencies to strengthen safety, quality and trust throughout the supply chain, as she participates in an elite group of business leaders comprising the Global Retailers and Manufacturers Alliance (GRMA) in Ann Arbor, MI, Aug. 3.

     

  • Feinstein Bill Would Burden Small Business and Stifle Innovation |

    The Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors (ICMAD) opposes the Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Safety Act introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and co-sponsored by Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), as it is places too large a burden on small business, stifles innovation in the cosmetics and personal care industry, and does not provide appropriate and significant national uniformity.

  • Cosmoprof North America - Events Not To Miss |

    Cosmoprof North America, July 12-14, 2015, sign up for the following events featuring ICMAD members and staff.

    Bring Your Product to Market: Regulatory Requirements to Launch; Are Your Marketing Claims Getting Unwanted Attention?; Are you Ready to Import in the USA?

  • CARB Extends 2013 Consumer Product Survey Deadline |

    The California Air Resources Board has announced an extension of the March 2, 2015 deadline to submit company product, ingredient and sales data for the 2013 Consumer Products Survey. Several trade associations, including ICMAD, had submitted requests for additional time to allow their members to complete the survey, citing the late notification to smaller companies.  

  • California ARB Survey Raises Questions for ICMAD Members |

    Industry has concerns about the confidentiality of submissions to the California Air Resources Board under the expanded product survey, as well as the survey’s potential impact on future regulations in the state.

  • December/January 2015 |

    Inside: Upcoming events- Young Designers Dinner and Technical/Regulatory Forum, Cosmoprof Asia recap and Member Spotlight Grande Naturals.

  • ICMAD and PBA Respond to FDA Statement on Discontinuing Talks for Cosmetic Legislation |

    The Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors and the Professional Beauty Association are disappointed with the FDA’s letter advising that it had precipitously decided to discontinue negotiations with industry on legislation to modernize cosmetic legislation. Industry met in good faith for over a year with the FDA diligently working to reach a framework that would be the basis for a legislative initiative.

     

  • Regulatory Uniformity In U.S. Top Priority For ICMAD |

    Small-business trade group the Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors will continue advocating in 2014 for uniform cosmetics regulations throughout the United States, CEO Pam Busiek said in a February 10, 2014 interview with “The Rose Sheet.” ICMAD cites collaboration with other industry trade associations as a highlight of 2013.