ICMAD's History

1974 to 2011- ICMAD grows from 8 to more than 650 members, becoming the largest cosmetic trade association in the world in member companies. 

Early in 1974, a group of small cosmetic manufacturers became concerned over proposals by the FDA to publish regulations requiring ingredient listings on cosmetic products.

Representing only eight companies, these men and women succeeded in founding an association that for the first time represented the “little guy” before the FDA.

The group included Richard Solomon and Herb Wilson of R.H. Cosmetics, Hal Lightman of Irma Shorell, Harold Salzman of Paramount Cosmetics, Al Goren of Ambix Laboratories, Evelyn Marshall of Evelyn Marshall Cosmetics, Bob Storman of Chromex Chemical, Jerry Wetzel of Syd Simons and Jerry Michell of Balm Barr.

After several preliminary meetings with influental Congressmen and FDA personnel in Washington, it was decided to call an organizational meeting in New York City on April 29, 1974.  More than 50 persons attended that first session of the C.I.T.P.C. (Cosmetic Independents to Protect Consumers) as it was then called.  Shortly thereafter the present name, ICMAD, was deemed to be more apt and the association offically took that title.

The purpose of that first meeting was to:

1.  Inform the attendees of what had been learned in the Washington meeting. 

2.  Discuss what steps should be taken to ensure rational legislation for all cosmetic companies large and small.

3.  To form an organization with membership large enough to show the FDA and Congress that ICMAD is a substantial group of concerned cosmetic companies whose livelihood and existence depends upon “fair” regulations. 

Without funds and with all expenses met by loans from the founding companies, the new ICMAD made an immediate impact by challenging the ingredient labeling laws.  ICMAD pursued its cuase in the District of Columbia Court (1975) where the attempt to block the legislation lost.  The case went to the United States Court of Appeals (1976) where ICMAD lost on a 2 to 1 split decision.  In 1978 the United States Supreme Court refused to upset the appeals court.

The legal consensus was that ICMAD lost on a technicality- one of timeliness- not of substance. There was unanimity that the small cosmetic companies had not been given Due Process of Law.

After that bitter struggle, ICMAD was determined to continue to protect the rights and integrity of the small cosmetics manufacturers and distributors and to challenge every situation that threatened those rights.

Today, ICMAD is international recognized as the watchdog association of the cosmetics industry and provides a full list of vital and essential services to its membership.

From that small group of 8 companies in 1974, more than a thousand companies have affiliated with ICMAD since its inception.  Although some of these companies are no longer members for a variety of reasons, current membership remains above 650 and is growing steadily as the advantages of belonging to ICMAD continue to increase.