In response to a recent release, "Right to Know: Exposing Toxic Fragrance Chemicals Report," ICMAD issued the following statement:
ICMAD and its member fragrance companies are committed to the industry's long history of developing and manufacturing products that are safe for consumers to use and enjoy. ICMAD and the Fragrance Creators Association support the notion that safety and quality in fragrance products is a top priority and the public should have access to accurate information about fragrances used in everyday products. That information should come from reliable, valid, scientific methods that have been reviewed by the scientific community.
The fragrance industry is well regulated in the U.S. to ensure consumer protection and safety. Three distinct agencies: Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) work in cooperation to oversee fragrance products along with thorough evaluation by the Research Institute for Fragrance Materials (RIFM).
The RIFM's research is reviewed by an independent, international panel of experts comprised of dermatologists, pathologists, toxicologists, and environmental and respiratory scientists who have no commercial ties to the fragrance industry. This panel formulates the International Fragrance Association's (IFRA's) safety standards, which guide the industry in the safe use of fragrance ingredients. ICMAD member companies follow this internationally-recognized, scientifically-sound standard and remain committed to providing safe fragranced products for consumers to use and enjoy.
A new bill introduced by Rep. Jan Schakowsky (Democrat-IL), The Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2018, would ban certain chemicals from retail and professional salon products. H.R. 6903 also calls for the full disclosure of all ingredients included in beauty and personal care products including fragrances.