Members of the DGK, mostly chemists and chartered engineers, work in research and development of the cosmetics and raw materials industry as well as in other scientific fields, namely dermatology, pharmacy, toxicology and microbiology.
The DGK’s strength lies in their exclusively scientific orientation which allows for a neutral work and opinions on cosmetics-related topics, free from scientific considerations.
The Society currently counts 750 active members with the trend rising, of which approximately 170 members engage in 10 different specialist groups. The DGK is an active member of the “International Federation of the Societies of Cosmetic Chemists (IFSCC)”.
The International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists is a worldwide federation dedicated to international cooperation in cosmetic science and technology.
Interest in the formation of such an organisation crystallized in Paris in 1956 and culminated in the birth of the federation in Brussels, Belgium on September 8, 1959. At that time there were only 8 countries entering the Federation.
Today, 47 Societies representing 57 countries have met the high standards of scientific and educational qualifications of the IFSCC and, as members, support the organization's aims and programs. The number of individual members in the Federation now exceeds 15,000 and is still growing.
The IFSCC continues to grow as the cosmetic industry expands worldwide. As new societies develop in Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America, they will be welcomed into the Federation as they qualify for membership.