IFRA Investigates Alleged Non-compliance With Standards

Oct 26, 2011, 09:10 ET from IFRA

BRUSSELS, October 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

It has been publicly alleged that a finished product on the market contains a fragrance material that has been banned by the International Fragrance Association (IFRA) through its global Standards.

IFRA has been in contact with the fragrance compound supplier in question to investigate the circumstances surrounding the presence of the fragrance material and whether or not it constitutes a case of non-compliance to the IFRA Code of Practice*.

"According to the procedures of our Compliance Program** we will now investigate the matter using an independent laboratory to establish the facts and consider appropriate action if required," said Pierre Sivac, IFRA President.

Notes to Editors:

*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.

The majority of client companies (including producers of toiletries and household products) expect their fragrances to comply with IFRA Standards as set out in the Code. Amendments to the Code, if required, are issued annually, based on new scientific developments. These contain either new usage restrictions or revisions of existing usage restrictions. The IFRA Code of Practice is distributed worldwide and is in the hands of all member associations and their member companies, in addition to governmental regulatory bodies and many other stakeholders. It is also available to all on our website: http://www.ifraorg.org

**The IFRA Compliance Program focuses on the safety of fragranced consumer products by ensuring that the IFRA Code of Practice is fully applied and adhered to. It involves the analysis of a variety of consumer products for the presence of fragrance ingredients regulated by IFRA Standards. The product analysis is defined in specific procedures and is executed completely independently by Eurofins Scientific, a leading international group of laboratories following strict internal procedures to ensure confidentiality and impartiality.

The products are selected at random from the different categories - fragrance, cosmetics and toiletries and household and detergents - from ten randomly selected IFRA member countries each year.

The Compliance Program is an integral part of the IFRA Code of Practice, which is a comprehensive document that supports the IFRA commitment to provide products that are safe for use by the consumer and to the environment.