The Society of Cosmetic Scientists promotes education, research and collaboration to advance the science of cosmetics

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Membership of the Society

Membership is open to those applicants who agree with the aims of the Society, have the necessary qualifications and who, in the opinion of Council, are acceptable.

AIMS OF THE SOCIETY

  • To advance the science of cosmetics and toiletries
  • To provide the means for the dissemination and interchange of knowledge pertinent to cosmetic and related sciences
  • To promote high ethical standards in cosmetic science
  • To improve the professional status of members
  • To encourage education and research in cosmetic and related sciences
  • To ensure the long-term viability of the Society
  • To maximise the accessibility of the Society activities and encourage participation throughout the profession


Membership consists of the following grades:

Honorary Members
Members - A Grade
Members - B Grade
Associate Members
Students
Affiliates

Honorary Members

Upon the recommendation of the Council of the Society, the Society may, by a majority vote in the General Meeting, elect as Honorary Members such persons as may be deemed worthy by virtue of services rendered to the Society or of scientific value in the cosmetic and allied fields. Each Honorary Member shall be entitled to take part in all the Society's activities.

Members - A Grade

At the date of their election A Members must possess the following qualifications:

A degree granted by a British University in Cosmetic Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Pharmacy, Medicine, Biology, Physics or related sciences or an equivalent of such degrees as recognised by Council. Advice on degree equivalents will be sought from other scientific bodies, eg University of London, Royal Society of Chemistry, Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain.
At least three years of experience essentially devoted to some scientific aspect(s) of cosmetics and/or technologically closely related products.

Members - B Grade

At the date of their election B Members must possess the following qualifications:

The Diploma in Cosmetic Science awarded by the Society.
At least three years of experience essentially devoted to some scientific aspect(s) of cosmetics and/or technologically closely related products.
OR To have been Associate Members of the Society for a total of at least five years and to be able to demonstrate an acceptable level of experience essentially devoted to some scientific aspect(s) of cosmetics and/or technologically closely related products.

Associate Members

At the time of their election Associate Members must possess one of the following qualifications:

A degree granted by a British University in Cosmetic Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Pharmacy, Medicine, Biology, Physics or related sciences or an equivalent of such degrees as recognised by Council, with no experience essentially devoted to some scientific aspect(s) of cosmetics and/or technologically closely related products.
The Diploma in Cosmetic Science awarded by the Society with no experience essentially devoted to some scientific aspect(s) of cosmetics and/or technologically closely related products.
BTEC Higher Certificate or BTEC Higher Diploma in an appropriate scientific subject, or a recognised equivalent, together with at least one year of experience essentially devoted to some scientific aspect(s) of cosmetics and/or technologically closely related products.
An educational standard in two scientific subjects of the General Certificate of Education, Advanced Level, or a recognised equivalent of such qualifications, together with at least three years of experience essentially devoted to some scientific aspect(s) of cosmetics and/or technologically closely related products.
An educational standard in two scientific subjects of the General Certificate of Secondary Education, or a recognised equivalent of such qualifications, together with at least five years of experience essentially devoted to some scientific aspect(s) of cosmetics and/or technologically closely related products.
At least seven years' experience relevant to cosmetics, toiletries or closely related products.
Any other qualifications which, in the opinion of Council, makes the candidate worthy of Associate Membership.

Students

Student are defined as:

Those pursuing the Society's Diploma or other Cosmetic Science related course ultimately leading to Associate Membership of the Society.
Those who, in the opinion of the Membership Committee, have gained the required academic qualifications and who are gaining, or actively seeking to gain, approved experience in order to qualify for admission to Membership or Associate Membership of the Society.
At the time of their election to Student Membership, Students must have a minimum of two scientific subjects of the General Certificate of Secondary Education, or a recognised equivalent.

Membership of this grade is temporary: it covers only the period that a candidate for Associate Membership is under education. All Student Memberships are reviewed at the end of the course. Re-election is only permitted if the Membership Committee is satisfied of the Student's ultimate intention to become a member: all Bye-Laws concerning Student Membership are subject to the discretion of Council.

Affiliates

Affiliated are defined as:

Those who do not fulfil the criteria of any of the established grades of membership but are actively involved in the cosmetic or allied industries and, in the opinion of Council, are relevant candidates for affiliation to the Society.

Disclaimer: Membership of the Society does not imply an endorsement of the individual or company they work for or its products by the Society of Cosmetic Scientists, nor does it constitution a recommendation.


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