• 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 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 www.icmad.org, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

EVENTS
NEWS
  • Industry Alert |

    On Wednesday December 12, the Farm Bill passed both houses of Congress and will now move to the President for signature.  We fully expect that this Bill will be signed by the President in the next week or two.

  • Industry Alert |

    On November 9, 2018, the China National Medical Products Administration announced that registration of first-imported non-specials cosmetics will be entirely replaced by filing management nationwide from November 10, 2018.

  • ICMAD Response to Breast Cancer Prevention Partners Report on Fragrance |

    In response to Breast Cancer Prevention Partners, “Right to Know: Exposing Toxic Fragrance Chemicals Report,” ICMAD issued the following statement.

  • Industry Alert |

    In response to Breast Cancer Prevention Partners, "Right to Know: Exposing Toxic Fragrance Chemicals Report," ICMAD issued this statement.

  • Industry Alert |

    As you may be aware, the Trump Administration has announced new tariffs of 10% on Chinese goods.

  • ICMAD Statement on Passage of California SB-1249 |

    On Sept. 1, California lawmakers approved Senate Bill 1249, the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, which is expected to be signed into law.

  • Industry Alert |

    As a follow-up to our recent industry alert, we want to update you on developments related to SB 1249, known as the California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act. 

  • Industry Alert |

    California Companies Needed - California SB 1249.

  • ICMAD Statement on California SB-1249 |

    Consumer health and safety is of the utmost concern to the cosmetics and personal care industry, and while the reduction and eventual elimination of animal testing and use of alternative testing methods is something all cosmetic and personal care companies are working towards; California’s SB-1249 could ultimately ban cosmetics from being sold in California.

  • Industry Alert |

     Perfluorooctane Sulfonic Acid (PFOS), A Prop 65 Reproductive Toxicant.

  • Industry Alert |

    Trump Administration Announced Proposed Tariffs.

  • ICMAD Pleased to Announce Karl Palmer and Peter Duchesneua as Distinguished Session Speakers at 2017 Technical/Regulatory Forum |

    ICMAD is proud to announce the addition of two distinguished session speakers to their 2017 Technical/Regulatory Forum being held February 9th and 10th.

  • Distinguished Panel of Beauty Industry Veterans Completes Judging for ICMAD's 2017 Young Designers Awards Competition |

    ICMAD is eager to announce the distinguished panel of judges that has completed the judging for ICMAD's 2017 Young Designers Awards.

  • ICMAD Calls For National Standard To Modernize Cosmetics Regulations |

    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.

  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.

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

    As announced back in April of 2016, 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.

  • 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.