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

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Aims and Constitution

The main object of the Society is to advance the science of cosmetics. It does this by attracting membership among highly qualified individuals with both academic and industrial experience in the field of cosmetics and related sciences, as well as through its activities including publications, educational programmes and scientific meetings.

The Aims of the Society are:

  • 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 Society activities and encourage participation throughout the profession


The Society consists of individuals and does not admit corporate membership. It was first formed on
7 October 1948 and has grown steadily from that date. It is one of the original members of the International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists (IFSCC) formed in 1959 which now numbers 48 societies.

The management of the Society is vested in the Council, which consists of the President, the Immediate Past President, the Vice-President, the Honorary Secretary, the Honorary Treasurer, and at least nine ordinary members. The policies formed by the Council are supported by active committees: General Purposes, Scientific Programmes, Education, Membership, International Journal, Publicity and Recruitment, Social and the Regional Development Groups.

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