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IFRA’s fifth testing cycle gives latest fragrance formulations the all clear

By Andrew McDougall , 08-Jun-2011
Last updated on 08-Jun-2011 at 12:19 GMT2011-06-08T12:19:56Z

The latest cycle of the IFRA Compliance Programme has shown that of all of the fragrance formulations tested are compliant with its Code of Practice.

A test sample of fifty fragranced products, chosen at random from a selection of 450 marketed products from ten different countries, were all tested in IFRA’s fifth cycle between May 2010 and May 2011 and found no IFRA banned substances in any of the selected products.

Pierre Sivac, IFRA President, said: “This fifth cycle of our Compliance Programme has once again demonstrated that the Standards are adhered to by IFRA members and the fragrance industry at large.”

Safety of fragrances

The IFRA Compliance Programme focuses on the safety of fragranced consumer products by ensuring that the IFRA Code of Practice is fully adhered to and applied.

It involves the analysis of a variety of consumer products for the presence of fragrance ingredients regulated by IFRA Standards.

The Code of Practice applies to the manufacture and handling of all fragrance materials, for all types of applications and contains the full set of IFRA Standards. Abiding by the IFRA Code of Practice is a prerequisite for all fragrance supplier companies that are members of IFRA.

Setting industry policies

Our objective at IFRA is to ensure the safety of fragrance products for the consumer and the environment,” explained Sivac.

We look to achieve this by thoroughly researching ingredients through the industry’s research center, RIFM and by setting industry policy based on the outcome of exhaustive reviews of the results by an independent panel of experts.”

The products tested in this cycle, which include fine fragrances, body care products and household products were analysed by an independent body, Eurofins Scientific, an international group of laboratories providing a range of testing and support services to the consumer products industries as well as governments, and were given the all clear.

“Our industry has collectively undertaken the responsibility of enacting this Compliance Program to ensure that the IFRA Standards are respected and I am very pleased that the results of this latest cycle show 100 per cent compliance,” Sivac concluded.

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