Become an NBIPA Registered Distributor

Becoming an NBIPA Registered Distributor is a show of your commitment to supplying Namibian Beauty Industry Professionals with the best professional products and equipment.

The NBIPA believes that product distributors are an essential element of the beauty industry. If we, as an industry hope to achieve the Vision, Mission, Goals and Objectives of the NBIPA, it is important that the products & equipment our salons are supplied with conform to the highest quality and safety standards. As a registered NBIPA distributor, you are responsible for ensuring that what you sell is safe, ethical, and exclusively professional.

The NBIPA does not consider importers of “grey” Asian manufactured cosmetics as “professional” suppliers.

  • Manufacturing standards in many Asian countries do not exist, and are most often not in compliance with US & EU health & safety standards.
  • Fraudulent and / or fake SDS and product labels do not reflect the true contents of products.
  • In many cases, industrial chemicals are repackaged and sold as cosmetics, often as a knock-off of a legitimate brand (counterfeit).
  • Counterfeit product manufacturers are known to be linked to organised crime syndicates, including human trafficking – which the NBIPA does not support.
  • Asian manufacturers are required by law to test all cosmetics on animals – also something that the NBIPA does not support.

By importing and selling products from sources that participate in unethical practices and infringe on human rights, we believe that your enterprise is in support of these practices. When you buy products manufactured by these suppliers and their sub-distributors, you are directly funding their illegal activities, and profiting from them. We want no part in that.

Mandatory requirements:

As a distributor to the professional beauty trades, it is essential that you have extensive knowledge of the work that the professionals you sell to do. It is also imperative that you are able to provide product training for the products you sell. For this reason, we require all distributors to be holders of the relevant beauty industry qualifications for the trade(s) they supply to.

In the event that the owner of the distribution company is not a beauty industry professional, the distributor is required to employ or be business partners with a qualified beauty industry professional who is:

  • an NBIPA Member
  • a qualified beauty industry professional and educator to each of the trades they supply to.

Your employee / business partner will act in an advisory capacity to ensure that your business remains compliant with the NBIPA’s Rules & Regulations.

In addition to the above, the NBIPA requires all registered distributors to meet the following criteria:

  • The operation must be a formally registered business entity.
  • Have in their possession the SDS for all cosmetic preparations they supply in both hard copy and digital format. SDS are checked to ensure the authenticity thereof. In the event that a product’s SDS is suspected to be fraudulent, the NBIPA may request that the products be analysed at an appointed laboratory at the cost of the distributor.
  • Authorization from either the manufacturer or African Authorized Distributor proving that they are permitted to resell the professional product lines they carry, and authorization to provide the relevant brand’s education services on their behalf.
  • May not supply goods or equipment intended for professional use directly to the general public.

How to Apply:

  • Click the button to the application form below
  • E-mail the required supporting documentation to us separately OR upload the files when completing the form.
  • We will review your application at the next NBIPA Committee Meeting scheduled to take place following receipt of your application.
  • You will be notified by e-mail of the approval or rejection of your application
  • All successful applicants are subject to a mandatory inspection of premises and facilities by an NBIPA appointed inspector.