Benefits to gain from your CTFA Membership:

  • The CTFA monitors international regulatory developments and keeps Members updated on the Self Regulatory Control of cosmetics.
  • The CTFA provides technical expertise and advice on ingredients, labelling, packaging and product claims.
  • The CTFA publishes and distributes the Cosmetic Compendium with all the Codes of Practice and requirements for composition, labelling, safety and advertising of cosmetic products in South Africa. The CTFA provides the means for dissemination of information on standards set up by working groups/committees. These working groups/committees consist of cosmetic industry experts and SABS (South African Bureau of Standards).
  • The CTFA extends invitations to Members for seminars, conferences, workshops, information days, breakfasts, lectures or talks.
  • The CTFA liaises with Government, The Department of Health and the South African Bureau of Standards on product, raw material and packaging regulations.
  • The CTFA liaises with the South African Revenue Services and Customs and Excise on Ad Valorem Excise Duty. Through extensive negotiations by The CTFA Ad Valorem was reduced from 37.5% to 15% in 1997 – then to 10% a year later and to 2.5% in 2000.
  • The CTFA liaises with the Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa.
  • The CTFA maintains relationships with and makes representations to the appropriate South African and relevant international governments, legislative or other regulatory bodies, Chambers of Commerce or Trade Associations with regard to matters affecting the interests of the industry.
  • The CTFA is a member of Cosmetics Europe, the Personal Care Association (previously known as Colipa) and has representation on the ISO Cosmetics Committees.
  • The CTFA assists exporters with the issuing of Certificates of Free Sale.


Full Members

This category includes:-

Brand owner manufacturers, Distributors, Importers and Exporters of finished goods and Contract Packers who manufacture and produce cosmetic products for clients.

Associate Members

This category includes:-

Suppliers of raw materials, packaging etc., and companies or associations affiliated to the cosmetic industry who do not produce or distribute cosmetic products.

Retail Members

This category includes:-

Retail chains.


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