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Around the world, IFRA works in partnership with policymakers, regulators and other stakeholders to develop fair and workable regulation that promotes the safe use and enjoyment of fragrance ingredients.

We seek to educate and inform these groups about our business and its needs, to listen to their views, and engage in constructive dialog.

Our four regions and our Regular and National Association members work to develop relations and partnerships with policymakers, regulators and other stakeholders at a local level, with global coordination - an industry speaking with one voice, but many accents.

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IFRA and IOFI publish Nagoya Protocol guidance

IFRA and its partners at the International Organization of the Flavor Industry (IOFI) have published joint guidance on the Nagoya Protocol for companies in the fragrance and flavor industries.

The Guidance Document helps companies comply with regulations on Access and Benefit Sharing rules, with a focus on Brazil, the European Union, India, South Africa and Switzerland.

IFRA and IOFI also held a joint webinar to introduce the guidance.

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IFRA gives cautious welcomes to new EU chemicals strategy

The International Fragrance Association has given a cautious welcome to the publication of a new EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability (CSS), signaling its willingness to contribute to plans that support environmental protection and innovation and that are based on sound science.

As the voice of fragrance manufacturers and suppliers, IFRA is committed to consumer safety and to sustainable development across their many dimensions by continuously looking to create truly sustainable and innovative solutions.

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IFRA has also joined a cross-industry call to the European Commission not to overhaul the European Union's chemical rules.

A letter to Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, coordinated by the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) and co-signed by IFRA and 17 other industry associations, says that the development of the Chemical Strategy for Sustainability should not lead to a root-and-branch rethink of the EU's REACH chemicals legislation.

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Read our statement on the CSS roadmap »

Our industry's key role in the fight against coronavirus

The global fragrance industry is calling on governments to include factories manufacturing fragrance as ‘critical infrastructure’ or ‘essential business’ in combating the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and therefore exempt these facilities from measures that would restrict access to employees and close operations.

The global fragrance industry, represented by The International Fragrance Association (IFRA), has issued a statement highlighting the needs being met by the industry during this pandemic, which cannot be done remotely, and which require the day-to-day presence of specialist personnel.

Digital means and mandatory product information

IFRA Europe is among the signatories of a joint letter to the European Commission on digital means and mandatory product information.

IFRA Europe signed the letter with a group of consumer-facing industry sectors, supported by retailers. The letter outlines the opportunities that digitalization can bring to the European Union's citizens and businesses and calls for further action and leadership from the European Commission to make Europe fit for the digital age.

Reaffirming our commitment to making safety decisions without animal testing

The fragrance industry is fully supportive of and engaged in the pursuit of alternatives to animal testing. We actively help to shape a future in which the safety of people and the protection of the environment can be assured without the use of animal testing.

We are committed to the use of reliable new approach methodologies (NAM) and to foster the technical know-how that would ideally result in the elimination of animal experiments.

The fragrance industry and aromatherapy

The word ‘aromatherapy’ has become a generic and far-reaching term for a new global trend with loosely defined applications. There is no clear definition of aromatherapy and cultural and regional differences exist regarding its interpretation and uses.

IFRA launches Benzyl Salicylate consortium

IFRA is launching a consortium to prepare an SCCS dossier for Benzyl Salicylate and invites potential participants to express their interest by close of business on Friday 19 June 2020.

This dossier has been requested by the European Commission in the context of suspected endocrine disruptors (EDs) in cosmetic products.

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