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July 9, 2010

The Council Blasts EWG’s Document on Fragrances

A new report alleging that many popular perfumes contain “secret” ingredients that could cause harm to consumers “grossly misrepresents the science on fragrance ingredients and presents a distorted picture of how they are regulated and labeled,” according to the Personal Care Product Council’s chief scientist John Bailey.

The document titled “Not So Sexy: The Health Risks of Secret Chemicals in Fragrance”—released by the U.S.-based Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and the Environmental Working Group (EWG), along with

The safety of fine fragrance ingredients is a hot button issue right now in the industry.
the Canadian-based Environmental Defense—does a disservice to consumers looking for full and accurate information and advice about the products they purchase, said Bailey.

“The validity of the report is seriously undermined by its failure to include quantitative measurements of the ‘secret’ ingredients it purported to find. Such measurements are a fundamental element of toxicological risk assessments. Without them, it is impossible to make valid judgments about potential risks,” he added.

According to The Council, the report also erroneously alleges that many of the materials “revealed” in their testing have not been assessed for safety, while in fact, most of the ingredients have been the subject of a safety assessment by one or more authoritative bodies.

Usage standards for fragrance are set based on the recommendations of a scientific panel of toxicologists, dermatologists, pathologists and environmental scientists that is overseen by the Research Institute for Fragrance Materials (RIFM), the research arm of the International Fragrance Association (IFRA). The RIFM database contains a significant volume of information on fragrance materials, said The Council in a press statement.

2010 Emerging Issues Conference Set for Oct. 5 in Santa Monica, CA

Regulations being considered in California have an impact on every manufacturer and consumer in the U.S. Water, waste, air, packaging, ingredients, recycling and new technology are just a few hot topics in the industry. Therefore, the Personal Care Product Council will host its annual Emerging Issues Conference on Oct. 5 at Le Merigot, JW Marriott Hotel, Santa Monica, CA, to focus on the many challenges on the horizon for the industry.
More info: www.personalcarecouncil.org
“Fragrance materials and other cosmetic ingredients are tested for their potential to cause sensitization and allergic reactions. When these tests identify substances that may be sensitizing agents, manufacturers take the appropriate steps to formulate in a manner that minimizes the chances of sensitization and allergic reaction. Many of these substances have been used for decades, and much is known about them. The actual occurrence of sensitization in the marketplace is quite low,” he added.

Bailey also noted that the studies relied upon in the allegations are not directly relevant to human exposure, and many of the laboratory tests that have been done were completed under conditions that are not directly applicable to the use of these ingredients in cosmetic products.
More info: www.personalcarecouncil.org

From A to Z (And Beyond) With the CPSC in September

Go from A to Z (and beyond) on the latest regulations with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on Sept. 23-24 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Bethesda, MD. This day-and-a-half conference will provide participants with a thorough understanding of the regulations administered by the U.S. CPSC, according to the event host, the Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA), which has a block of rooms reserved at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda for the occasion.

The first day will focus on the basic laws and regulations, while the second day will cover international requirements and the future of the commission. The event will also feature industry experts whowill discuss and provide updates on international consumer product regulations such as the Global Harmonized System (GHS) of Chemical Classification and Labeling and the Canadian Consumer Chemicals & Containers Regulation (CCCR) and will conclude with a panel discussion featuring former commission staff, a consumer group representative and staff from Capitol Hill.
More info: www.cspa.org
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