Voicing the concerns of small business entrepreneurs is part of ICMAD’s DNA. In 1974, a proposal for additional cosmetics regulations energized eight companies that founded the association known as the Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors.

Since that time, ICMAD has kept small and mid-sized cosmetics and personal care companies informed of the laws and regulations that affect their growth and success, while advocating on their behalf to ensure that any legislation is science-based, fair and not detrimental. After all, our members belong to the industry sector that provides both innovation and jobs, which is small business.

Many times over our history, legislation has been proposed that would affect small cosmetic businesses to a far greater extent than their much larger colleagues. ICMAD has been active in insisting that your companies’ concerns be addressed. To a large extent, ICMAD has been successful in standing up for our small business members. We intend to continue our efforts on your behalf.

To that end, ICMAD is currently participating in an industry-wide coalition that supports science-based legislative and regulatory policies that enhance consumer and product safety standards. You can find more information about the Safe Cosmetics Alliance.

Learn about the current issues that could impact your business, how to let your elected officials know your concerns, how you can contribute in a meaningful way to ICMAD’s advocacy efforts, and where you can go to become more informed about these policies.