This KPI covers International Fragrance Association (IFRA) compliance, and beyond, for fragrances in final formulations.

For this KPI, fragrances are defined as mixtures of aroma compounds that enhance or alter the consumer experience of products.  These mixtures may be of natural or synthetic origin.

  • For B and C, fragrances uses in products must comply at the time of production with the prohibitions, restrictions,and specifications set forth by the most recent IFRA Standards.
  • For C, restrictions that go beyond IFRA compliance further limit the use or concentration of potential sensitizers and allergens in final formulations.
  • For D, the list of 26 allergens is defined as those identified by the Scientific Committee for Consumer Safety (SCCS/1459/11) which are currently listed in Annex III, entries 67-2, int eh EU Cosmetic Products Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009.  For this response option, these ingredients must NOT be present above the threshold levels listed int he EU regulation (0.001% in leave-on products, 0.01% in rinse-off products).


International Fragrance Association (IFRA) Standards:  IFRA, the international trade association for the fragrance industry, establishes standards for fragrance ingredient use in various consumer products which result in different types of exposures. These standards are used by industry to manage risk regarding fragrance ingredient use.

SCCS/1459/11:  The Scientific Committee on Consumers Safety (SCCS) Opinion on Fragrance Allergens in Cosmetic Products was adopted by the SCCS on June 26-27 at its 15th plenary meeting. This opinion provides the background and scientific information that was used to assess the 26 allergens that require disclosure on pack when used in cosmetic products above specific concentrations.

EU Cosmetic Products Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009:  REGULATION (EC) No 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 November 2009 on Cosmetic Products (Recast) provides the regulatory requirements for cosmetic products for sale in the EU.  Aspects of regulation include safety justification, maintenance of a product information file, and restriction of hazardous ingredients.


Fragrance and flavor: Defined by SCCS: “Fragrance and flavour substances are organic compounds with characteristic, usually pleasant, odours. They are ubiquitously used in perfumes and other perfumed cosmetic products, but also in detergents, fabric softeners, and other household products where fragrance may be used to mask unpleasant odours from raw materials.” Fragrances can be composed of natural and/or synthetic ingredients.

Allergen: A substance that causes an altered specific reactivity in the immune system resulting from recognition of an allergen by immune cells.