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International Fragrance Association Notifies 50th Amendment

IFRA announced the notification of the 50th Amendment to the IFRA Standards, which includes regulatory updates for fragrances.

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July 29, 2021

by Percefoni Doufou-Shafiq, Ph.D., senior regulatory specialist, UL’s Materials and Supply Chain division

On June 30, 2021, the International Fragrance Association (IFRA) announced the notification of the 50th Amendment to the IFRA Standards.

The International Fragrance Association (IFRA), which represents the interests of the fragrance industry and promotes the safe use of fragrances in consumer products, sets a self-regulatory system used by almost 90% of the global fragrance industry. The rules for safe use include the application of IFRA Standards for several fragrance ingredients by either prohibition, concentration restrictions and/or restriction of fragrance materials depending on the product or other conditions on the type of materials (specifications).

The 50th Amendment includes:

  • Prohibition standard for the use of substance mintlactone (CAS 13341-72-5) as a fragrance ingredient
  • The Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for handling Amendments to the IFRA Code of Practice – 50th Amendment
  • An updated Index of IFRA Standards that includes the Mintlactone Prohibition Standard according to the 50th Amendment

The implementation dates for the 50th Amendment are:

  • Two months after the June 30, 2021 Notification for new creations
  • 13 months after the June 30, 2021 Notification for existing creations

The implementation dates include a four-week timeline for information exchange about pre-mixtures (bases) between manufacturers of fragrance mixtures. It should be noted that the above implementation dates refer only to the supply of fragrance mixtures and not to the finished products.

UL’s ChemAdvisor™ Regulatory Database is being updated to reflect the changes in standards and will be available for the October (2021-4) release.


IFRA website:
50th Amendment documents


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