International Fragrance Association Refutes Activists' Claims of Link Between Health Problems and Fragrance Ingredients

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 General News J E 4
BRUSSELS, June 30, 2010 A statement has been published byUS-based activist organization, the Cancer Prevention Coalition, which IFRA(International Fragrance Association) believe to be misleading.

The press release suggests links between fragrance ingredients and healthproblems, which IFRA strongly contest. It also makes what IFRA believe to beinaccurate statements regarding the fragrance industry's global IFRA SafetyProgram, designed and implemented to ensure the safe enjoyment of fragrances.

"This is the third activist report in recent weeks to attempt to smearthe fragrance industry with what we believe to be unfounded claims about thesafety of fragrance ingredients and we find this unacceptable," saysJean-Pierre Houri, President of the International Fragrance Association(IFRA).

IFRA set up a global safety program as long ago as 1973. This programinvolves the industry assessing the safety of materials and either banningthem or setting so-called 'Safe Use Levels' based on the review of studies oftheir potential effects on people and the environment. It is a voluntaryprogram and a very strict one. IFRA regulates more materials than anyregulatory or governmental body in the world. IFRA can do this because aswell as caring about the art of fragrance creation, they also care about thescience. The scientific program led by the Research Institute for FragranceMaterials (RIFM) has been active since 1966.

If the established processes identify a material that could be of concernit is reviewed by an independent Expert Panel. For most of the materials, thesafety review is showing no concern and therefore no risk managementmeasurement becomes necessary - thus the number of materials on which IFRAhas set restrictions is much lower than those in use. We believe that anyaction needs to be comprehensive and timely to ensure the continued safeenjoyment of fragrances and IFRA can often act faster than governmentalbodies.

IFRA refute what they perceive to be scaremongering claims made in thepress release by Dr Epstein and believe they undermine the well establishedand worldwide respected IFRA Safety Program and the scientific research doneby RIFM.

For a full statement on the Epstein press release go to

Epstein press release:



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