Update to our IFRA Guide for the upcoming 49th Amendment changes for fragrance standards
by Lebermuth, on Jan 09, 2020
The International Fragrance Association (IFRA) Code of Practice will soon implement changes to its 49th Amendment beginning January 10, 2020 when they release the Letter of Notification.
WHAT IS THIS AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
The IFRA Code of Practice is the fragrance industry’s commitment to providing products that are safe for consumers and respect the environment. The IFRA Standards form the basis of the Code of Practice and is the globally recognized self-regulated management system for the safe use of fragrance materials.
The underlying exposure and endpoint model for the QRA is continuously being refined, forming the next evaluation of QRA 2. The update will expand the major IFRA categories from 11 to 12, with inclusion of some subcategories, which will bring the final total to 16. Due to these expansions, fragrance companies will need to make several changes in order to continue to provide IFRA certificates, as not all products in the current 11 categories will stay in the same category within QRA 2.
Due to the scope of the changes in this Amendment, the typical 14 – 19 month transitional compliance period for existing fragrance creations has been extended to 25 months, and the 2 – 7 month compliance period for new creations has been extended to 13 months after the date of the Letter of Notification which will be released on January 10, 2020 (step 6 of the process). The Consultation Phase (step 5 of the process) ended as of July 21, 2019.
Any data collected will now be submitted to the Expert Panel for Fragrance Safety for evaluation. If there are no substantial comments, we can expect the Letter of Notification to be sent to a member organization as early as the first week of September 2019.
These changes will not only affect Lebermuth, but the entire fragrance industry. Lebermuth has already begun planning in preparation for the Letter of Notification.