IFRA Standards – 49th Amendment

dataEssence provides a complete solution to fully manage the IFRA 49th Amendment to develop compliant products, based on the specific applications the fragrance needs to work in.

Who is IFRA?

The International Fragrance Association (IFRA) is a self-regulatory body that has represented the interest of the fragrance industry since 1973. It is a globally recognized association that promotes the safety and benefits of fragrances while setting rules that are compulsory for all of its members.

IFRA, sets the standards for how much fragrance may be used in a particular application, like soap or candles. The IFRA Standards are a set of rules and regulations for the use of fragrance materials, and a baseline for the industry.

IFRA organizes the different applications in which a fragrance may be used into distinct categories and lists the maximum usage percentage of a specific fragrance for each category.

What’s New With the 49th Amendment?

The 49th Amendment of IFRA Standards brings relevant modifications to the existing regulatory framework of IFRA standard. The main modifications are consequences of the implementation of a new scientific approach for determining the safe use of fragrance ingredients.

These improvements specifically relate to the revised methodology of quantitative risk assessment for fragrance ingredients (QRA2), which includes the revision of the safety assessment factors (SAFs) and the new method to assess systemic toxicity based on aggregate exposure model.

As a result of these improvements:

  • All new and existing IFRA standards for the dermal sensitization endpoint are now based on QRA2 and include 12 categories.
  • The IFRA categories for systemic toxicity have been harmonized with the IFRA categories for QRA2.

The new product categorization is achieved by grouping consumer product types based on functional type, area of use and whether they are rinse-off or leave-on applications.

As a consequence of the new methodology and categorisation system, many IFRA standards have been revised by the 49th Amendement and 25 new standards have been issued.

IFRA 49th Amendment Implementation

On January 10, 2020, the International Fragrance Association (IFRA) announced the notification of the 49th Amendment to its Standards.

The deadlines for entry in force with regards to the Implementation of the 49th Amendment to the IFRA Guidelines are as follows:

• 10th May, 2021: Entry into force for new formulations
• 10th May, 2022: Compliance of existing formulations created before 10th May 2021

Anything you make and sell on or after May 10, 2022, must be made in accordance with the IFRA 49 guidelines to be compliant.

Managing IFRA standards with dataEssence

dataEssence provides a complete solution to ease the implementation of the 49th amendment. IFRA Standards can be fully managed as all applicable data from the IFRA standards to help determine the appropriate product categories are incorporated.

The complex rules for IFRA limits for ingredients and formulations can easily be calculated and certificates will automatically be generated so you can be confident you develop IFRA compliant fragrances, based on the specific applications the fragrance needs to work in.

Want to know more?

If you would like to find out more about how we can provide you with training and software for creating your own IFRA 49th certificate for your product range please do get in touch for a demonstration. We’ll be more than happy to help!

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