Trade Associations and Organizations

Beauty Cluster Barcelona
Located in Barcelona, the Beauty Cluster is a consortium of companies with the aim to promote the exchange of ideas and knowledge within the beauty industry.

Cosmetic Ingredient Review
This is an organization in the United States that reviews and assesses the safety of chemicals used in cosmetics. It was developed by the Personal Care Products Council in the 1970s, but operates as an independent entity without bias.

Cosmetics Europe – The Personal Care Organization
With over 4,000 company members, Cosmetics Europe works closely with policy makers on regulatory and scientific affairs. It used to be known as COLIPA (The European Cosmetics Association).

Cosmetic, Toiletry & Perfumery Association (CTPA)
The CTPA is a UK based association that represents companies in the personal care industry. It actively works with Cosmetics Europe as well as with government departments in the UK that are responsible for monitoring the safety and supply of cosmetics in the UK.

Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors (ICMAD)
The ICMAD is a trade association in the United States specifically targeted at entrepreneurs in the personal care industry.

Personal Care Products Council (PCPC)
The PCPC is a national trade association in the United States for manufacturers of cosmetic products and specialty ingredients. It is a very important organization at the national and international level. Their website contains an ingredient database of all registered INCI ingredients, which requires registration and payment.

Regulatory Bodies

Food & Drug Administration

Health Canada


Cosmetic Science Websites

Chemist's Corner
This is great website dedicated to Cosmetic Chemists, which contains a blog chock-full of information.

This website covers the latest news in the regulatory scene in Asia.

L'Observatoire des Cosmétiques
A very well maintained website with interesting articles, although much of the content requires payment.

Scientific Spectator
This website contains a section dedicated to personal care with access to technical information and free book downloads.

The SpecialChem site contains a lot of information about ingredients, which can be found in the ingredient database.

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