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A Brief History of the IFSCC

The IFSCC is a truly a worldwide federation dedicated to international cooperation in cosmetic science and technology. Interest in the formation of such an organisation crystallized in Paris in 1956 and culminated in the birth of the federation in Brussels, Belgium on September 8, 1959. At that time there were only 8 countries entering the Federation.

Today, 46 countries have met the high standards of scientific and educational qualifications of the IFSCC and, as members, support the organization’s aims and programs. The number of individual members in the Federation now exceeds 15,000 and are still growing

The IFSCC continues to grow as the cosmetic industry expands worldwide. As new Societies develop in Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America, they will be welcomed into the Federation as they qualify for membership.

IFSCC Activities
The IFSCC is committed to advancing the knowledge of cosmetic science and to encouraging the dissemination of this knowledge through international meetings. It encourages a strong, cooperative exchange of information among its societies and their members.

The major meetings of the IFSCC are the Congress, held during even-numbered years. The Congress usually lasts 3-4 days and, in recent years, has drawn 1,500 or more delegates. The IFSCC Congress continues to be one of the most popular international meetings in the cosmetic industry.

In the late 1970s, the IFSCC decided to host a smaller, 2-day meeting between congresses. Attendance at these meetings has averaged about 300 delegates.


The IFSCC publishes monographs on key subjects. Subjects currently available are Principles of Product Evaluation, Stability Testing, Rheology, Emulsions and Emulsification, Microbiology, Antiperspirants and Deodorants, Microemulsions, Raw Material Analysis, Analysis of Polymers. A quarterly IFSCC Magazine is sent to every member of every IFSCC Society which incorporates scientific papers, news on member societies and other information.

IFSCC Governance
The Federation has a bicameral governing body consisting of a Praesidium and a Council of delegates from member societies. The Council and Praesidium meet annually in the fall. The Council elects the officers of the Federation who in turn make up the Praesidium. The Praesidium also meets every spring, usually in Europe.

The head office of the IFSCC constitutes the Secretariat of the Federation. This office is maintained in the cooperation with the British Society of Cosmetic Scientists. The administrative executive of this office is the Secretary General of the IFSCC, Mrs. Lorna K. Weston, who is assisted by Mrs Gem Bektas.

The IFSCC actively pursues all means to further its aims of encouraging international communication and cooperation in the science and technology of the cosmetic industry. It welcomes contributions from its member societies toward achieving these aims.

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