Representing Cosmetic and Fragrance industry issues both locally and on Capitol Hill.
A toolbox of networking events that connects you to opportunities.
- Annual Meeting
- Receptions and Tradeshows
- Networking Receptions
Relevant technical and regulatory information delivered to you such as:
- Labeling Information
- EU Guide
Innovative marketing ideas, tools and resources to get you results.
- Beauty Reference Guide
- CITY Awards
- Young Designers
ICMAD provides events to meet your industry need for knowledge. Check back often to see what we have planned.
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.
- 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 Presents New Webinar, “Preservatives and Micro-contamination in Cosmetics” | The U.S. FDA is responsible for ensuring that cosmetics are not “adulterated” or “misbranded,” which means “they must not be prepared, packed, or stored in a way in which they may have become contaminated or harmful to health.” The agency can take action against companies that DO NOT "make sure cosmetics are free of harmful microorganisms.” Beauty companies use preservatives to ensure that their cosmetics are not contaminated and are safe for consumers. However, due to questions and concerns raised about the use of preservatives, many companies are confused or uncertain about how best to ensure their products continue to be safe.
- ICMAD Presents, Market Watch: Discussing the Hottest New Global Markets & How to Get Started | Entering new global markets can be a daunting task, but more and more companies are willing to accept that challenge. Global growth opportunities are abundant, and technological advances in communication are making the act of doing business globally much more accessible to companies, both big and small. Before embarking on such an endeavour, it is important to approach the task resourcefully by knowing how to identify hot new markets and trends, proper distribution channels, how to register to do business, and how to comply with regulatory laws. Join these industry experts as they share their insights and tips on how to successfully and legally break into the hottest international markets of 2017.
- 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.
ICMAD Calls For National Standard To Modernize Cosmetics Regulations |
WASHINGTON – Today, the Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors Association (ICMAD) urged Congress to support a national safety standard for the cosmetic industry to preserve industry innovation and avoid burdening small cosmetic businesses.
ICMAD Letter to Congressmen Pallone and Lance | Dear Congressman Pallone and Congressman Lance:We want to thank you for providing ICMAD with the opportunity to review and comment on the draft legislation you propose to introduce, which amends the cosmetic provisions of the Federal Food and Drug Act.
ICMAD Letter to Senator Alexander |
I am the President and Chief Executive Officer of ICMAD, the Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors Association; we represent over 700 small and emerging growth companies in the Cosmetic Industry. Our members have been recognized as the industry innovators, creating new products and entirely new categories of products that help millions of Americans look and feel their best every day. Our members, as represented at the recent HELP Committee hearing by Curran Dandurand of Jack Black, are primarily U.S. based and are proud not only to build jobs here in America but to support manufacturers and suppliers here in America. On behalf of our organization I want to thank you for holding the HELP committee hearing and providing Ms. Dandurand the opportunity to speak.
ICMAD Letter to Senator Murray | Dear Senator Murray: I am the President and Chief Executive Officer of ICMAD, the Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors Association; we represent over 700 small and emerging growth companies in the Cosmetic Industry. Our members have been recognized as the industry innovators, creating new products and entirely new categories of products that help millions of Americans look and feel their best every day. Our members, as represented at the recent HELP Committee hearing by Curran Dandurand of Jack Black, are primarily U.S. based and are proud not only to build jobs here in America but to support manufacturers and suppliers here in America. On behalf of our organization
Personcal Care Oversight Measure Would Hurt Small Businesses |
Innovation is not just for Silicon Valley – every day, thousands of small cosmetics businesses create new products that will help millions of Americans look and feel their best, and create jobs in the process. But a new bill threatens to stifle these entrepreneurs and kill jobs. We all agree that cosmetics and personal care products should be held to a high safety standard – no one more than those who manufacture and sell these products. And while well-intentioned, the Personal Care Products Safety Act would do more harm than good in the name of promoting safety.
ICMAD: Small Business Looks To Pull Off Preemption Balancing Act |
National uniformity in cosmetics regulation remains a top legislative priority for the Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors. At the same time, the small business trade association acknowledges that compromise will likely be needed to balance state rights with the streamlined certainty that a strong national standard would provide for industry.
Exploring Current Practices in Cosmetic Development and Safety |
ICMAD recently had the privilege of attending a hearing on Capitol Hill on September 22nd, "Exploring Current Practices in Cosmetic Development and Safety," where ICMAD Board Member, Curran Dandurand of Jack Black, LLC testified as to the interests of small businesses, and the utter necessity of a national uniform standard with regard to Cosmetic Regulatory Reform.
Beautycounter CEO: Congress Must Act Now to Protect the Public Digital Assets |
The average American woman’s life expectancy is roughly 80 years. That is approximately how long it has been since the United States has passed a major law ensuring the safety of the cosmetic and personal care products we use every single day. Even in the midst of dramatic advances in science and technology, U.S. regulation of the beauty industry has remained largely unchanged since 1938 and lags far behind other countries. Fortunately, we took an important step forward last week as the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) held an oversight hearing to explore current practices in the cosmetic and personal care industry.
Industry Makes Pitch For National Uniformity at Senate Help Hearing |
Representatives of industry big and small appealed to senators to institute a strong national standard for cosmetics regulation rather than the growing patchwork of state regulations that companies must contend with currently. Jack Black “would probably not exist today” had it faced such challenges out of the gates 16 years ago, the company’s CEO said in testimony before the Senate HELP committee.
ICMAD Calls For Uniform National Safety Standards For Cosmetics |
The Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors (ICMAD) is lobbying for lawmakers to pass legislation that would create uniform national safety standards for cosmetics. Pam Busiek, ICMAD President and CEO, said, "At ICMAD, safety is the top priority of our companies, and we welcome this important conversation about how to modernize oversight of the cosmetic and personal care industry. Making it as a small business owner in the cosmetics industry — or any industry, for that matter — is an uphill climb with many challenges. The last thing American entrepreneurs and job creators need is unnecessary regulatory burdens or a patchwork of contradictory regulations. That is why we support the Safe Cosmetics Modernization Act, which will modernize FDA regulations and create a national safety standard that ensures consumers get safe, high-quality, innovative cosmetic products."
Cosmetics May Face New Safety Regulation And, Surprisingly, the Industry is on Board |
For those already felled by fumes from the Brazilian Blowout, it might be small consolation, but lawmakers are pushing ahead with a campaign for better oversight of the beauty business. Despite its booming growth, the cosmetics industry in the US has been virtually unregulated. The Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, adopted in 1938, essentially allowed personal care product companies to self-police.
Jack Black CEO Calls for U.S. Regulatory Standard in Senate |
The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP) held a hearing on the modernisation of the cosmetics and personal care industry on 22 September. It is the first time since 1974 that this committee has held a hearing on cosmetics and personal care products despite the U.S. spending $60bn on the consumer category a year.
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.