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Smells Good—But is it Safe?

By: Steve Herman
Posted: February 6, 2013, from the March 2013 issue of GCI Magazine.

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It is important to know, the IFRA guidelines are but the tip of the iceberg for ensuring safety and regulatory compliance for fragrances. REACH, CARB, the Safe Cosmetics Act, different country standards and even detailed company standards for multinationals all enter the equation. RIFM is currently revamping its criteria to take into account the latest science, using every possible tool to ensure the safety of every fragrance for every application and for every consumer. It is a daunting and never-ending task—and one to which the industry is deeply committed.

References

  1. www.ifraorg.org
  2. http://rifm.org/doc/QRAInfoJuly2011.pdf
  3. www.gcimagazine.com/business/management/regulation/106763708.html
  4. http://ec.europa.eu/health/scientific_committees/consumer_safety/docs/sccs_o_102.pdf

(All accessed Jan 10, 2013)

Steve Herman is president of Diffusion LLC, a consulting company specializing in regulatory issues, intellectual property, and technology development and transfer. He is a principal in PJS Partners, offering formulation, marketing and technology solutions for the personal care and fragrance industry. He is the New York Society of Cosmetic Chemist’s 2013 chapter chairman and an adjunct professor in the Fairleigh Dickinson University Masters in Cosmetic Science program. He is also a Fellow in the Society of Cosmetic Chemists.