About the Dutch Cosmetics Association

The NCV is the association of manufacturers and importers of cosmetics (products for personal care). This includes not only products for daily care, such as deodorant, shampoo and toothpaste, but also products that can change appearance, like make-up and hair dyes. The NCV was founded in 1950.

The NCV represents the common interests of Dutch cosmetic industry (it is the voice of the industry), both at national and international level and provides a variety of services for its members.

Approximately 100 companies are member. They cover almost all sectors of cosmetics, such as mass and selective brands, professional hair care, and nail care. Members are manufacturers (full members), ingredient suppliers and suppliers of services (associate members).

The NCV Board is composed entirely of representatives of member companies. The Board and members of NCV fulfil a crucial role in the work of the organisation. They determine the association’s policy and play an important role in the provision of information.

Most of the work of representation and services is carried out by a secretariat of 6 staff members. The focus of our work centres on scientific, regulatory and legislative issues. We have a constant dialogue with the Dutch and European (via Cosmetics Europe) Government and receive advance notice of many changes which will affect the composition, labelling, advertising claims, legal status, manufacturing and distribution of the industry's products. This information is passed on to members who in turn have an opportunity through the NCV to suggest ways in which proposals can be modified to accommodate both the regulators and industry.

The NCV stands for

  • Representing and promoting the strengths of a well-regulated industry
  • Promoting best practices by working with all stakeholders to ensure that high quality cosmetic products are made to the highest possible safety standards
  • Providing scientific strength and a credible coordinated voice to the Dutch government, the EU authorities (through our European Association, Cosmetics Europe), the media and other key stakeholders
  • Providing an information service to members on legislative developments that are likely to impact on their businesses, not only through the monthly members' newsletter and relevant guidance documents, but also by organising meetings and conferences
  • Assisting members with individual help and advice
  • Providing export advice in relation to regulatory requirements and promoting export opportunities
  • Maximising the opportunities for companies to innovate and provide consumers with the choice they demand

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