The International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists (IFSCC) is delighted to welcome the Society of Cosmetic Scientists, Nigeria (NICOS) as its 50th Member Society. This follows the unanimous approval of their application at the IFSCC 2020 Council Meeting held virtually on Tuesday 20th October.
“Please join me in welcoming NICOS to the IFSCC,” said IFSCC then President Emanuele Piras. “This is the result of extraordinary work driven mainly by our friend and colleague Grace Abamba who has devoted all her energy to making this happen.”
Inspired by the rapidly expanding Nigerian cosmetic market, NICOS founders Grace Abamba (President, NICOS) and Olusola Ojo (Vice President, NICOS) registered the Society formally earlier this year.
On joining the IFSCC Grace Abamba commented: "NICOS is proud to become the 50th member of the IFSCC! This milestone has been achieved at a turbulent time for Nigeria but it is important to celebrate it as we hope for a brighter future. Personal care and beauty is really important to Nigerians and this is reflected in the growing value of the market. With the contributions of many, it is an honour to lead this pioneering effort as we work to support the new burst of creativity and drive in cosmetic science within Nigeria and the diaspora.” 

NICOS is the third African Society to join IFSCC. The others are the Société Centre et Ouest Africaine de Cosmetologie (SCOAC)/Society of Central and West Africa and the Society of Cosmetic Chemists South Africa (COSCHEM).
Emanuele Piras continued: “I feel extremely proud of being in charge when the newest Society comes from Africa. It is a great sign of a positive globalisation for our organisation. I truly hope to meet the members of the Nigerian Society of Cosmetic Chemists next year at the IFSCC Conference in Cancun, Mexico.”

About The IFSCC
Founded in 1959 by 7 societies of cosmetic science, the IFSCC has grown to 50 Member Societies in 80 Countries representing more than 16,000 individual scientists. Its mission is to support the global community of cosmetic scientists through the dissemination of scientific findings, educational offerings and an annual scientific Congress or Conference at which IFSCC awards and prizes are presented. 
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