With more than 1700 members, the SEPAWA® is one of Europe‘s largest professional associations for the detergent/cleaner, cosmetic and perfume industry. The trade association sees itself as a communication platform for experts from the industry, universities and authorities.

The SEPAWA® enables the close exchange between science and application, resulting in technical and economic progress. 


Our industry needs committed and well-trained professionals. For this reason, the SEPAWA actively contributes to the promotion of qualified young scientists.

Besides the annual awarding of prizes for outstanding dissertations, the SEPAWA® also supports chemistry lessons in schools by issuing experimental kits.

Furthermore, in 2016, an endowment professorship was established at the University of Ostwestfalen-Lippe/Germany.

The SEPAWA® CONGRESSconnects the GDCH Detergent Chemistry with its "European Detergents Conference" (EDC), the German Corporation of Perfumers (DGP) and the German Association for Scientific and Applied Cosmetics (DGK). These associations jointly design the annual lecture program of the SEPAWA® CONGRESS.

The History

The SEPAWA® is a professional association with a long tradition, whose origin dates back to the year 1755.
Even back then, soap production required qualified specialist knowledge in order to produce bars of soap and pleasantly scented toilet soaps from fats and oils by the action of alkalis.

The development of innovative synthetic raw materials for detergents, the application of new industrial manufacturing processes and the increasing importance of environmental protection and sustainability were the dominant themes later on.


SEPAWA® is an independent trade association with personal members. There are additional options for companies to have corporate and sponsorship memberships.The SEPAWA® Board is supported by the advisory board and the scientific advisory board.

To represent all interests and offer a wide platform, there are six specialist groups and an integrated society that regularly organize lectures and workshops:

Outside of Germany, there are the following sections, which organize Independent events

The Board

1st. Chairman

Dr. Hans Jürgen Scholz


Dr. Erik Brückner


Dr. Gerhard Merkle

Board Member

Michael Fender

Board Member

Holger Plate

Board Member

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Lademann

Board Member

Prof. Dr. André Laschewsky

Honorary Chairmen

Dr. Klaus Henning †

The SEPAWA® Executive Board is supported by advisory boards and the extended Advisory Board.

Advisory Board

Together with the Executive Board, the heads of the specialist groups as well as the foreign sections form the SEPAWA® Advisory Board. The Advisory Board performs statutory tasks and appoints the Scientific Advisory Board, which has an advisory function.

Dr. Bessler, Cornelius

Dr. Döring, Ralf

Dr. Diaz, Edison

Englund, Björn

Gitzi, Rudolf

Göllner, Benjamin

Dr. Herbrich, Thomas

Prof. Dr. Kimmel, Tobias

Dr. Sigloch, Michael

Wittouck, Jef

Wulfinghoff, Astrid

Scientific Advisory Board

The Scientific Advisory Board has an advisory function.

Bach, Armin

Dr. Bastigkeit, Thorsten

Dr. Beine, Alfred-Horst

Prof. Dr. Bockmühl, Dirk

Boehme, Corinna

Dr. Bohnen, Jürgen

Dr. Chojnacki, Pawel

Dr. Diaz, Edison

Prof. Dr. Gassenmeier, Thomas

Dr. Heinrich, Thomas

Herzog, Gisela

Dr. Koch, Herbert

Dr. Kropfgans, Martin

Kuschnereit, Ralf

Dr. Maienschein, Vera

Dr. Müller, Stefan

Prof. Dr. Pein-Hackelbusch, Miriam

Dr. Ptock, Arne

Dr. Schmidt, Kati

Dr. Top, Michael

Dr. Weber, Andrea

Dr. Wilhelm, Klaus-Peter

Dr. Wilsch-Irrgang, Anneliese

Prof. Dr. Wittern, Klaus-Peter