American Cosmetics Manufacturers Association

  • ACMA is an association of cosmetic manufacturers and distributors with offices in Washington, DC.
  • ACMA offers a free membership package that allows members to create their own “Free Sale Certificate” .
  • ACMA issues “Free Sale Certificate” for members when the importing country requires more verification .
  • ACMA has extensive experience in document processing, and the latest information on cosmetic export requirements for major countries and markets .
  • ACMA helps you get the documentation you need to export your products - fast, reliably and inexpensively!.
  • ACMA cuts through red-tape at embassies and government agencies .
  • ACMA stays up to date on international documentation requirements .
  • ACMA has trusted partners who expedite the legalization process .
  • ACMA processes documents swiftly and gets them back to you FAST .
  • ACMA charges the lowest possible rates .
  • ACMA members can use our online forms to generate export documents .
  • ACMA charges NO annual fee for membership .
  • ACMA members can use our online forms to create Free Sale Certificates .
  • ACMA can certify a company-issued Free Sale Certificate when the importing country requires more verification .
  • ACMA certificates can be verified online and are trusted world-wide .
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What is ACMA?

ACMA is an association of cosmetic manufacturers and distributors with offices in Washington, DC. Among other things, ACMA processes export documents for American manufactured cosmetics

ACMA has extensive experience in document processing, and the latest information on export requirements world-wide .

ACMA helps you get the documentation you need to export your products - fast, reliably and inexpensively!

ACMA History

Based in the heart of Washington, D.C., ACMA is perfectly placed to assist American cosmetic manufacturers and distributors as they prepare to market their US products in foreign countries. Not ready to export? ACMA's website offers a host of resources, articles and the latest information on cosmetics regulation in the US; learn about best practices, FDA regulations and the newest research into the science of beauty and personal care!

ACMA Location Benefits

Based in the heart of Washington, D.C., ACMA is perfectly placed to assist American cosmetic manufacturers and distributors as they prepare to market their US products in foreign countries

  • ACMA charges NO membership fee to access its' services Read More..
  • ACMA members can use our forms to generate export documents. Read More..
  • ACMA certificates can be verified online and are trusted world-wide. Read More..
  • ACMA cuts through red-tape at embassies and government agencies Read More..
  • ACMA stays up to date on international documentation requirements Read More..
  • ACMA has trusted partners who expedite the legalization process Read More..
  • ACMA processes documents swiftly and gets them back to you FAST Read More..
  • ACMA charges the lowest possible rates Read More..

Not ready to export? ACMA's website offers a host of resources, articles and the latest information on cosmetics regulation in the US; learn about best practices, FDA regulations and the newest research into the science of beauty and personal care!

Join ACMA today and use our forms to create Free Sale Certificates and other certificates for FREE.


Good Manufacturing Practices for Cosmetics


  • Are You Ready to Go Global?
  • Cosmetic use is on the rise among both men and women world-wide, and the demand for new products and brands is growing!

  • Leading the Industry!
  • From our offices in Washington, DC, ACMA works on maintaining good working relationships with embassies and government agencies, with the result that ACMA certification is recognized and trusted world-wide.

  • Certificate of Free Sale
  • ACMA helps companies create Certificates of Free Sale quickly and easily!

  • Quality and reliability
  • ACMA leads the field when it comes to certification of the quality management practices of US cosmetics manufacturers!

  • What We Do
  • ACMA helps US manufacturers export cosmetic products worldwide!

  • GMP
  • Get your certification in Good Manufacturing Practices from ACMA!

  • Expedited Service
  • ACMA gets the job done FAST! Documents are legalized quickly and efficiently and returned in a matter of days!

  • Experienced Professionals
  • ACMA stays up to date with all laws and regulations relating to cosmetic products and export

  • International Knowledge
  • If you’re ready to expand your market, partner with ACMA to get export documents certified and legalized - ACMA knows the world!

Our Services

Create a Free Sale Certificate!

A Free Sale Certificate (sometimes called a Certificate of Free Sale, or CFS) is a document that attests that the listed cosmetic products are identical or equivalent to products freely sold throughout the United States.

ACMA issues and certifies Free Sale Certificates for cosmetic products; ACMA certification is recognized throughout the world.

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Get Your GMP Certification!

Some export markets require evidence that Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) were followed in the creation, packaging and distribution of the products. ACMA issues and certifies GMP Certificates for cosmetic and personal care products, based upon supporting documentation and reporting.

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Are Your Products Certified BSE-FREE?

To protect against bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), also known as "mad cow disease," cosmetics may not be manufactured from, processed with, or otherwise contain, prohibited cattle materials. ACMA issues BSE-Free Certificates for cosmetic products, based upon supporting documentation and reporting.

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ACMA's Mission

As an association of American cosmetic manufacturers, ACMA seeks to assist manufacturers with the export of high-quality products identical to those freely sold throughout the United States.

New Rules for the European Union

As of July 2013, new regulations go into effect for personal care and cosmetic products sold in the EU.
Check out our handy guide to the latest rules and regulations!

International Standards & Regulations

US Standards & Regulations

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Good Manufacturing Practices Made Easy!

Export Questions Answered:

Where you can use them, what they are, and lots of other helpful information!

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