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Download Member ApplicationNew SCC Members may register online or download a writable .PDF membership application and email to Colleen Daddino at All major credit cards are accepted. Please use this form to type all your information. Once complete, please save the file on your computer, then email Colleen Daddino at or fax it to (212) 668-1504. The Society prefers typed applications over handwritten for ease of processing. Incomplete applications will delay the processing of your membership.

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CEP Courses for 2018

From courses scheduled in conjunction with chapters’ Suppliers’ Days to free webinars, the SCC has something for members at all levels in their careers: seasoned professionals, young professionals, students and those in need of a refresher on certain topics. CEP instructors provide attendees with critical knowledge enabling them to advance their professional development. Courses scheduled in the National Office are held in a “board-room style” setting, providing an incredible instructor-to-student ratio and opportunities for increased interaction.

While we encourage you to register for any course that interests you, as a guide please note that courses marked NextGen are primarily geared toward young professionals, students and those who are new or looking for a refresher on certain topics. You can learn more about NextGen here.

Please view course agendas below to further guide your registration.

Upcoming SCC National CEP Courses & Webinars:

Basic and Advanced Skin Science (2-Day Course)
August 14 & 15, 2018 (9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Eastern Time)
Held at Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott

Instructed by professors Dr. Randy Wickett and Dr. K.P. Ananth, this course is filled with 2 days worth of content focusing on Skin Science that will provide the latest information to students, early careerists, and experienced professionals. You can decide whether to attend one day or both!

Day 1: Basic Skin Science NextGen  – Tuesday, August 14th

This course is designed to provide a basic introduction to the structure and function of skin, skin measurement methods and some basic effects of skin care products for those new to the skincare field. It will also serve as detailed introduction to prepare students to study more advanced topics in skin care science presented in the Advanced Skin Science course.

Day 2: Advanced Skin Science – Wednesday, August 15th

This Advanced Skin Science course will cover topics in skin biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology. It is assumed that the student will already have basic knowledge of biochemistry and skin structure, function and physiology. It is designed to bring the Skin Care Scientist up to date on topic. The goal of the course is to bring the student up to date on skin research of importance to the cosmetic industry.

To register for the ‘Basic Skin Science’, ‘Advanced Skin Science’ or both CEP Courses, please CLICK HERE

Cosmetic Formulations with Lab Day (2-Day Course)
1st day classroom / 2nd day lab
October 22 – 23, 2018
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Central Time (Monday) / 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM (Tuesday)
Held at the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio

Instructed by Art Georgalas and Mark Chandler, this course will be of value to those unfamiliar with cosmetic product formulation, and also of use to those who have been in the industry for a while and would like to add breadth and depth to their formulation knowledge. The course will begin with a scan of cosmetic raw materials, then off to studying one of the more challenging but eminently relevant topics – emulsions. Such subjects as how emulsions break, what to do to fix them, effective formulation strategies (including overcoming those challenging situations), and manufacturing of emulsions. This will be followed by a discussion of such specific topics as sunscreens, color cosmetics, and toiletries.

There will be instruction on the formulation of all sorts of cleansing products as well as hair care formulation basics. Interesting discussions on preservation and enhancing efficacy of formulations will also take place. A new feature of this course will be the opportunity of the participants to put this newfound knowledge into practice in the lab at the fantastic University of Toledo facility.

To register for the ‘Cosmetics Formulations’ CEP Course, please CLICK HERE 

Guidelines to Skin Absorption Studies
October 30, 2018 (9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Eastern Time)
Held at Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott

Instructed by Dr. Nava Dayan, this one-day seminar will describe the importance of evaluating skin absorption of compounds from topically applied formulations and explain the method fundamentals. A section dedicated to the location of the skin microbiome in the skin will further address newer science trends.

The In vitro skin absorption testing is part of recommended regulatory guidelines in the USA and the EU and of global interest to assess safety of exposure to chemicals when applied topically. The Personal Care Product Council (PCPC), the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) and the Scientific Committee of Consumer Products (SCCP) – have all issued guidelines to assess absorption of compounds from topically applied formulations. The objective of these guidelines is to obtain quantitative and/or qualitative information on the amounts of chemicals that may penetrate the skin during “real-time” use. In the process of validation and adoption of methods to comply with REACH and the 7th amendment, OECD guidelines 428 were fully adopted by the EU Commission. The implications of skin penetration of compounds into and through the skin are of key importance in terms of systemic exposure, site of activity in the skin and potential adverse reactions.

To register for the ‘Guidelines to Skin Absorption Studies’ CEP Course, please CLICK HERE

Organic Chemistry for Cosmetic Chemists NextGen
November 14, 2018 (9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Eastern Time)
Held at Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott

Instructed by Tony O’Lenick, this course offers a review of the concepts of organic chemistry applied to raw materials the formulator uses every day. Understanding the chemistry makes understanding the application in formulation easier.

All too often I am asked – Organic Chemistry Who needs it?- Because for many of us, organic chemistry is a subject from long ago and far away. For others, it is a topic we have learned on the job, having come from other academic fields into our industry. Regardless of which of the two describes your particular situation, the answer to the question “Who needs it?” is we all do. Organic chemistry employs a language that allows us to clearly and precisely define our products, raw materials and processes used to make them. – Tony O’Lenick

To register for the ‘Organic Chemistry for Cosmetic Chemists’ CEP Course, please CLICK HERE

Chapter Courses

Will be added shortly




Aerosol Technology 101 NextGen
April 10, 2018 (9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Central Time)
Held in conjunction with the Midwest Chapter’s TEAMWORKS

Instructed by Colleen Rocafort; BASF, this is a ‘Back to Basics’ course in aerosol technology. Attendees will learn how an aerosol system works, basic componentry utilized, State and Federal regulations that directly affect aerosol products; and general formulation considerations to be addressed when developing, formulating, and testing prototype aerosols for use in the Personal Care market. Professionals who wish to develop an understanding of aerosol technology as well as those who are actively involved in the development, filling and testing of Personal Care aerosol products would be interested in this course.

International Regulatory Update
April 10, 2018 (9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Central Time)
Held in conjunction with the Midwest Chapter’s TEAMWORKS

Instructed by David Steinberg & Mo Lovelace; Steinberg & Associates, this course will focus on the changes of the regulations of cosmetics in Canada, the European Union, Japan, and China. Amongst the topics under Europe will be an overview of the recent changes to the EU Regulations and opinions which may lead to more changes, and a review of REACH and its impact on both raw material suppliers and cosmetic manufacturers as of May 30, 2018. The topics covered about Japan include the definitions of cosmetics and quasi-drugs and how they are regulated, and updates of these regulations. China regulations will be about proposed changes, additional approved ingredients, and animal testing. Canada will cover changes to their Hot List, and proposed changes to how sunscreens pilot program is doing and Sel-Care Framework. EVERYONE should attend this course as these changes reflect critical issues for ingredient suppliers, formulators, and marketers of cosmetics.

WEBINAR: Using Decision Tree Reasoning to Establish the Safety of Aroma Chemicals
May 03, 2018 (starting at 3:00 PM Eastern Time)
Free & Offered Exclusively to SCC Members

Instructed by Steve Herman – Fragrance safety is a critical priority for the personal care industry, and the cutting edge scientific approach used by the fragrance industry has application for any exploration of chemical safety.

Safety testing at RIFM (Research Institute for Fragrance Materials) has continuously evolved in response to advances in basic applied science. Starting in 2000 a series of guidance documents established the science behind different aspects of RIFM’s safety assessment program. In 2015 a new criteria document provided a unified decision tree structure for all RIFM evaluations, incorporating read-across techniques, in silico tools, the addition of TCC (Threshold of Toxicological Concern) and clearly defined end points for different concerns (skin, environmental, respiratory). This webinar will review the work leading up to the new criteria and will explain in detail the current decision tree process.

Fundamentals of Using Colorants in
Cosmetics and Personal Care Products 
May 14, 2018 (9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Eastern Time)
Held in conjunction with the New York Chapter’s Suppliers’ Day

Instructed by Kelly Dobos; Sun Chemical Corporation, this course will explain how the incorporation of color in cosmetic and personal care products is part art and part science. What seems like a simple and fun exercise in pigment blending is reliant on a complex set of decisions. Factors such as the regulatory environment, cost, and stability as well as physical and chemical properties of each colorant all play an essential role in determining success in product development. This course will cover numerous topics including color theory, the regulatory environment and color quality control. This course is designed for the novice cosmetic chemists working with pigments and dyes but also skin care chemists as the lines between color cosmetics and skin care continue blur.

Speaking the Language – Basics in Scientific Terminology for the Cosmetics Industry NextGen
May 14, 2018 (9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Eastern Time)
Held in conjunction with the New York Chapter’s Suppliers’ Day

Instructed by Nava Dayan, Ph.D.; Dr. Nava Dayan LLC, this CEP course is aimed at providing key fundamental knowledge in layman language to scientific terms used in our industry. Such can be related to skin biochemistry; chemistry and physics. It will cover: definition of key words, skin structure and function, major cells and components, structure of genes, meaning of expression, definition and role of cytokines, enzymes and receptors. A special focus will be provided to skin aging as well as utilization of “omics” technologies (such as genomics, proteomics, lipidomics) and to the skin microbiome. All professionals in the cosmetic and personal care industry: Marketing/Sales, Beginners in the industry, Advanced chemists who wish to refresh their memory, Production/ QC/QA/ Regulatory, Supply chain, Professionals with a background in Physics and Chemistry who wish to strengthen their knowledge in biology and Formulation chemists.

Scale Up and Processing Cosmetic Formulations
May 14, 2018 (9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Eastern Time)
Held in conjunction with the New York Chapter’s Suppliers’ Day

Instructed by David Yacko; formerly Vice President of Research and Development at the Estee Lauder Companies, Inc., this CEP course is a popular course among our membership.  In the cosmetic industry, it is imperative that new products get from the bench to manufacturing as quickly as possible. This is the job of the Process Development Engineer and the process is called scale up.  The talk will discuss the different aspects of scale up: heat transfer, addition rates and energy input as it pertains to batch size and different equipment. This course is for anyone involved in: Developing products on the bench, Scaling up cosmetic products, First production batches, Regular production of batches and Suppliers of raw materials to the cosmetic industry.

WEBINAR: Principles of Emulsion Aesthetic Design
May 23, 2018 (starting at 3:00 PM Eastern Time)
Free & Offered Exclusively to SCC Members

Instructed by Mark Chandler – Getting the aesthetics of a skin care emulsion correct can be as important to the success of a product as clinical performance. Adding or swapping a single ingredient often is not the answer to tailoring a formulation to a specific market and application. The formulator must lay out a plan, knowing how to change the variable most important to adapting the aesthetics for a particular audience. (Registration details submitted via email to SCC Members ONLY)