There is never a shortage of professional industry organizations in any industry. The cosmetic industry is no different. Every single organization promises that all it takes is a payment of the yearly fee and this will open the doors to better business opportunities. For most SME's memberships become expensive. They can not afford to join every organization. This leads organizations to become competitive. Let us take a look at the various cosmetic organization that exists in our industry. These organizations are not limited to one country and can be found globally.
The International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists is a worldwide federation dedicated to international cooperation in cosmetic science and technology.
As of 2020, there are 49 Societies representing 79 countries that have met the high standards of scientific and educational qualifications of the IFSCC and, as members, support the organization’s aims and programs. This is organization is dedicated to the advancement of cosmetic science, the federation strives to increase and disseminate scientific information through meetings and publications. By promoting research in cosmetic science and industry, and by setting high ethical, professional and educational standards, the IFSCC reaches its goal of improving the qualifications of cosmetic scientists. The number of individual members in the Federation now exceeds 16,000 and we are still growing. These individuals primarily work in the Personal Care and Cosmetic Science Industry. Individuals that work in Biological Science, Chemical Development, Chemical Engineering are encouraged to join. They have an opportunity to learn about the application of their knowledge to the Cosmetic Industry. In reality, there is a significant amount of marketing and sales specialists that join the organization. This is especially true in North America where many companies have their sales employees join the organization to give them a better understanding of cosmetic science.
Personal Care Product Councils and Associations
The Personal Care Products Councils and Associations are professional trade associations representing cosmetic and personal care products companies and serving as the voice on scientific, legal, regulatory, legislative and international issues. In the USA there is the PCPC Personal Care Product Councils. PCPC’s 600 member companies represent more than 90 percent of the U.S. beauty industry, including some of the most beloved brands in beauty and personal care. The PCPS supports companies that manufacture, distribute and supply personal care products in the U.S. In Canada, the Cosmetic Alliance represents more than 150-member companies who manufacture, distribute, and supply personal care products marketed in Canada. These companies are involved in the production of products that essential to living better, healthier lives and include everything from soap, shampoo, and toothpaste to moisturizer, lipstick, and sunscreen. There are similar councils in the EU, UK and Japan. These associations are heavily focused on regulation support and on finished cosmetic products. They are not business-focused like a Cluster would be.
Global Cosmetics Cluster (formerly known as Cosmetics Clusters – the international network) is the first international clusters network dedicated to innovation in cosmetics, composed of 25 members from 15 countries. Clusters are essential to promote economic growth, as well as support and access to innovation. A cluster can form partnerships with other organizations. A cluster can create projects that connect the various individual clusters.
What is a Cluster?
The success of a region within in the industry is not determined by the individual success of single company but as innovations that are produced by the entire regional industry as a whole.
Benefits of a Cluster
Professional guilds are focused on the direct sub-industry sectors like manufacturing, packaging or artisan product development. There are a plethora of organizations that promote the artistic craft of soaps and perfumery. These organizations are more focused directly on their subsector or craft. They do not have a larger scope of the entire industry. They attract smaller companies and often have smaller fees.
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.
Take notice that each organization has a unique place in the industry. Each has a value that they can bring to a company. Is it not more productive to form partnerships where each organization specializes in their strengths. Is it not more beneficial to promote each other. The wise old saying that a fist is stronger than 5 separated fingers. Let us form a hand in creating partnerships throughout with various parts of the industry. No more competition. Let us promote each other. The Global Cluster acting as an overall guide that connects the various organizations and encourages partnerships. Let us celebrate science with the IFSCC, and let personal care organizations focus on regulatory issues. No one organization can be successful at everything. If we form partnerships our success will be enjoyed by all the companies across. Organizations should not be in the business of solely selling memberships. This model leaves little incentive for organizers to do events after their salaries are paid. Membership fees are of value as they can provide a base for an organization to compensate its employees. Too many organizations rely on volunteers that do not have long term vision or passion for the cause. Organizations should work to make companies money. They should show a direct connection to membership fees and companies' financial growth. They should provide as much support as possible, as fast as possible in a world that functions 24/7.
Canadian Cosmetic Cluster Team
Uniting Canadian Cosmetics and Bringing it to the World