The European Candle Manufacturers Association, ECMA, was founded on 1 January 2021, after the former AECM (Association of European Candle Manufacturers) and ECA (European Candle Association) decided to form a new joint association representing the entire European candle industry.
ECMA is an International Non-Profit Association, governed by the Belgian Companies and Associations Code. Its registered office is located at 188A Avenue de Tervueren (postbox 4), 1150 Brussels.
The ECMA members are companies producing candles in Europe, associations representing the candle industry’s interest at regional level in Europe, as well as entities that supply goods and services to the candle industry.
ECMA represents candle makers, their national associations and suppliers to the industry. As the European candle industry´s collective voice, ECMA ensures a continuous exchange of information with authorities, non-governmental organizations, the media and other relevant stakeholders and guarantees that its members´ interests are heard and understood.
ECMA promotes the safe use of candles, increases the knowledge and safety of candles and takes an active role in developing the regulatory and standardisation environment. ECMA advocates the interests of the industry, represents its membership towards relevant stakeholders and policy makers, assists with legal compliance and customer specific requirements, promotes fair competition and is committed to increase the sustainability aspect of the industry.
The association has the following major objectives:
Contract Candles & Diffusers Ltd.
Candles Scandinavia AB
Histoire de Bougies SAS
Bolsius International BV
Gala Group GmbH
Spaas Kaarsen NV
At this point in time, ECMA has implemented the following Committees and Working Groups:
The Technical Committee is the forum to discuss any relevant questions that members have regarding relevant legislation, standardisation or technical issues. It provides the analysis of legislative proposals that are of concern to the candle industry and develops positions and guidance documents.
The Working Group works on the scope, concept, setup and implementation of a quality mark for candles which is supposed to focus on consumer expectations and should be respected in all or at least most European countries. This could be an entirely new quality mark or the improvement of an existing quality mark so that it meets the defined scope and concept.