EU Regulations influencing the fragrance industry

January 10, 2018

Article by Helena Eixarch and David Andrew on pages 38-46, Perfumer & Flavorist magazine, November 2017.

With consumer safety at the forefront of product development, EU and global regulations facing fragrances in cosmetics can offer robust and dynamic research methods for an evolving label.

The safety of cosmetic products containing fragrances marketed in the EU is accomplished through the application of both voluntary and legally binding measures (the IFRA Code of Practice and the EU Cosmetics Regulation, respectively). Restrictions on the usage of fragrance ingredients stated in both texts do not always coincide, with the (legally binding) Cosmetics Regulation often being more restrictive than the IFRA Code of Practice. Therefore, following the IFRA recommendations, although intended to ensure product safety, does not fully guarantee regulatory compliance of a fragrance in the EU, as fragrance houses wishing to sell their products in the EU must also ensure full compliance with the provisions of the Cosmetics Regulation.

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