INCI Nomenclature: the purpose and the process

INCI Nomenclature: the purpose and the process

23 Oct 2019, 16:00 - 16:45

Technical Seminars Theater

INCI stands for International Nomenclature Cosmetic Ingredients and is a globally recognized nomenclature system for ingredients used in cosmetic products around the world. In many regions, INCI names are required for the ingredient labeling of cosmetics and personal care products.

This presentation will explain the U.S. regulatory framework for ingredient labeling; the emergence of the INCI nomenclature system; and the INCI application process and publication of INCI names.

INCI application “hints” and examples for some of the science-based conventions that have emerged to facilitate the creation of this unique and informative naming system will also be presented.


  • Joanne Nikitakis


    Director of Cosmetic Chemistry

    Personal Care Products Council

    Joanne Nikitakis is a member of the science team at the Personal Care Products Council as the Director of Cosmetic Chemistry.  In her role, she...

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