COVID 19 Industry Updates – The Impact on Independent Companies
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Welcome to the ICMAD website. ICMAD is a non-profit trade association supporting creative, innovative companies from startups to established multinational businesses of all sizes.  ICMAD’s goal is to help our members succeed in the rapidly changing, highly competitive global cosmetics and personal care industry.  Since 1974, ICMAD has provided essential guidance and support through business tools, publications, education, networking opportunities, and key advocacy support.  We are proud to help our members foster the creativity and innovation that is the heart of the cosmetics and personal care industry.  Stay on top of the latest industry regulations, news and events with ICMAD online at, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

  • Industry Alert - CARES Act - OTC Reform Section |
    Buried at page 415 of the Coronavirus Relief Bill is an Amendment to the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act which Completely Changes How Over the Counter Drugs are Regulated by the FDA.  
  • Landmark Over-the-Counter Drug Reform and User Fee Legislation |

    COVID-19 Emergency Relief Bill: A portion of the bill reforms and modernizes the way certain over-the-counter (OTC) drugs are regulated in the United States - a landmark step that will have an impact lasting long after the current public health emergency.  ICMAD will conduct a webinar on the impacts of this bill on our industry - sunscreens in particular.  The date and time will be announced shortly.  

  • Saving Our Small Businesses: Congress Reaches Agreement on New Forgivable Paycheck Protection Loans to Small Businesses - Locke Lord Publication |

    Locke Lord QuickStudy: Saving Our Small Businesses: Congress Reaches Agreement on New Forgivable Paycheck Protection Loans to Small Businesses

  • NEW TIME: SBA COVID-19 Loans Conference Call |

    NEW TIME: Due to the overwhelming response for the calls the SBA call has been rescheduled.  The Conference Call with SBA will be Tomorrow, Tuesday 24 March at 2 pm Eastern Time  The SBA speakers will discuss the SBA Disaster Assistance Programs available to small businesses. 

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  • NEW FDA Guidance - Temporary Policy for Preparation of Certain Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer Products During the Public Health Emergency (COVID-19) - click to download |
  • FDA Reopens CBD Docket |

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reopened a public docket to encourage stakeholders to submit comments, data, and information related to cannabidiol (CBD). 

  • Industry Alert - COVID-19 Survey |

    During this outbreak of Corona virus, we have been told that there is now considerable concern over the global supply chain. 

    We have been asked to gather and consolidate examples of interruptions for the purpose of later describing the impact of this event on our industry; especially small business.  Please take a few minutes to let us know your concerns by answering three brief questions.

    Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this survey. It's important to document the impact of this unprecedented event.

    If you would like to discuss COVID-19 related business impact beyond the scope of this survey, please feel free to contact me directly. 



    Ken Marenus Ph.D.




  • Industry Alert - CARB Public Work Group Meeting March 10 |

    The California Air Resource Board (CARB) is holding a Public Work Group Meeting on March 10 from 9 AM - 12 PM PT (12 PM - 3 PM EST) to discuss Proposed Consumer Product 2020 Rulemaking.  The agenda includes Hair FInishing Sprays, Dry/No Rinse Shampoos & Conditioners, Temporary Hair Color, Hair Shine, Personal Fragrance Products <20% Fragrance, Sunset of current 2% Fragrance Exemption. 

  • Industry Alert - BREXIT - click for download |

    With the UK is set to formally leave the EU on January 31, there are some key changes to be aware of for products exported to the EU and UK moving forward.  

  • Industry Alert - Public Meeting on Talc |

    FDA is holding a public meeting on testing methods for asbestos in talc and cosmetic products containing talc on February 4, 2020. Click here to learn more about the meeting and to register to attend in person or via live webcast.

  • Industry Alert - JAMA Clean Beauty Editorial - click for download |

    We wanted to advise our membership of a recent Editorial entitled 'Natural Does Not Mean Safe. The Dirt on Clean Beauty Products.' that appeared in the December JAMA Dermatology magazine. Please click to download the editorial and read our comments.  

  • Industry Alert - NEW VOC LIMITS - Click for download |

    CARB has proposed new VOC limits on certain cosmetic and personal care product categories.  Please download the Industry Alert and click the link in the pdf to take the survey about how these limits will impact your business.

  • California Air Resource Board (CARB) |

    California must reduce total volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions by 1-2 tons/day in the South Coast (by 2023) and 8-10/day statewide (by 2031).  In order to achieve this goal, CARB’s rulemaking process remains ongoing, with personal care products under consideration for imminent changes to close perceived loopholes....