• Advocacy

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

  • Education

    Fostering business growth and success for ICMAD members.

    - Tech Forum

    - FDA Workshop

    - Webinar Series


  • Network

    A toolbox of networking events that connects you to opportunities.

    - Annual Meeting

    - Receptions and Tradeshows
    - Networking Receptions


  • Resources

    Relevant technical and regulatory information delivered to you.

    - Webinar

    - Labeling

    - EU Guide

    -Selling in the U.S.



  • Marketing

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

    - Beauty Reference Guide

    - CITY Awards

    - Young Designers


  • Events

    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.

  • Are You Ready to Import into the USA? | The US cosmetics market is evaluated at $12 Billion. While the opportunities are plenty, starting out with a realistic objective and following the proper path to ensure legislative and regulatory compliance are keys to achieving success. What needs to be registered with the FDA? What claims can you make and does your labeling adhere to current laws? What is the distribution landscape like? Who are the key players and what are the realistic expectations and costs of doing business in the US? Walk away with a clear understanding of what you need to do first and a checklist developed by PBA & ICMAD.
  • 42nd Annual Meeting and CITY Awards | Join ICMAD for its 42nd Annual Meeting and the announcement of the 2015 Cosmetic Innovators of the Year, the CITY Winners. A brief Annual Meeting and Election of the Board of Directors will take place at 8 p.m.
  • Knowledge is Power: What You Need to Protect Your Business | Join us for the annual ICMAD Breakfast at Cosmoprof North America. Learn about industry updates from around the world, pending U.S. legislation, California hot-button issues, Asia on the horizon, the EU and much more.
  • Are Your Marketing Claims Getting Unwanted Attention? | Today's science and technology allows for more effective solutions and product features than ever but also creates challenges and confusion when companies communicate them. Product marketing claims are important for differentiation and the businesses bottom-line. However, it's important to understand the guidelines associated with making claims. This session will give you the tools and perspective to keep you on the positive side of the marketing claims debate.
  • Bring Your Product to Market | This unique, one-day course, will provide attendees with the tools necessary to bring their cosmetic products to market, while ensuring compliance with U.S. regulatory requirements. Price for this event is: $995 For more information visit: http://j.mp/NSFCosmeticsLV
  • Bring Your Product to Market: Regulatory Requirements to Launch | This unique, one-day course, will provide attendees with the tools necessary to bring their cosmetic products to market, while ensuring compliance with U.S. regulatory requirements.
  • 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.