International Cosmetic Ingredient Nomenclature Committee (INC)

The International Cosmetic Ingredient Nomenclature Committee (INC), sponsored by PCPC, is comprised of dedicated scientists from industry, academia, regulatory authorities and sister associations who volunteer their time to serve the global cosmetics industry community. The INC is charged with the responsibility of designating INCI names. INCI names are uniform, systematic names internationally recognized to identify cosmetic ingredients. In the United States and many countries around the world, INCI names are referenced by regulation for ingredient labeling cosmetic products. As part of the process of coining INCI names, the INC oversees the continued development of the INCI nomenclature system and assures the integrity of the information related to INCI names that is published in the International Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary and Handbook.

Members of the INC convene approximately five times a year for two-day sessions to review applications for new INCI names and petitions for INCI name changes. Applications are addressed in date order, and INCI names are designated on a consensus basis in accordance with the conventions developed since the nomenclature effort was initiated in the 1970s. The INC also participates in web-based conferencing to review monograph development for INCI names. Additionally, the INC responds to other matters related to The Dictionary, nomenclature development and international nomenclature harmonization.


Mike Fevola, Ph.D., Inolex, Chairman
Aaron Brown, Ph.D., Stepan, Vice-Chair
Eric Abrutyn, consultant
Jim Anderson, consultant
Agustina Gentile, Ph.D., Unilever
Mindy Goldstein, Ph.D., consultant
Euen Gunn, Vogue Int’l
Greg Hillebrand, Ph.D., University of Cincinnati
Jolanta Idkowiak-Baldys, Ph.D., L’Oreal
Laurie Joseph, Ph.D., Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Robert Lochhead, Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi
Alexander Lorestani, Ph.D., Geltor, Inc
Shawn McConaughy, Ph.D., P&G
Stanley Milstein, Ph.D., consultant
Dan Nowlan, Ph.D., Estee Lauder Companies
John Sanzone, consultant
Mike Starch, consultant
David Story, Kao Brands
Krishnan Tamaraselvy, Ph.D., Lubrizol
Willem van der Wilden, Ph.D., consultant

Liaison Members:

Bart Heldreth, Ph.D., Cosmetic Ingredient Review
Georgios Manikas, Ph.D., European Commission
Stephanie Shubat, U.S. Adopted Names Council
Ryuji Sugai, Japan Cosmetic Industry Association
Colleen Sutton, Ph.D., Health Canada
Rajeshwar Verma, Ph.D., U.S. Food & Drug Administration
Steven Wolfgang, Ph.D, U.S. Food & Drug Administration

Staff Liaison:

Joanne Nikitakis, PCPC
Alex Peterson, Ph.D., PCPC
Oluwaseyitan Owoeye, PCPC


Biotech Subcommittee:

Mindy Goldstein, Chair
Agustina Gentile
Alex Lorestani
John Sanzone
Ryuji Sugai
Laurie Joseph
Wim van der Wilden
Anne Young

GenChem Subcommittee:

Jim Anderson, Chair
Aaron Brown
Eric Abrutyn
Euen Gunn
Dan Nowlan
Dave Story
Steve Wolfgang

Polymer Subcommittee:

Mike Starch, Chair
Eric Abrutyn
Mike Fevola
Hubert Lam
Bob Lochhead
Shawn McConaughy
KT Selvy