Those in the fragrance industry will no doubt be aware that The International Fragrance Association (IFRA) has recently announced the launch of the consultation on the IFRA Standards that will be part of the 49th Amendment. The consultation will close on July 21st, 2019 after which, depending on the outcome and comments received, IFRA will publish the newly revised standards around mid-August.
The 49th Amendment includes a full review of the existing IFRA classes resulting in this changing from 22 distinct “classes” across 11 “categories” to 18 distinct “classes” across 12 “categories”. At the heart of the changes is also a revised methodology of the Quantitative Risk Assessment for fragrance ingredients (referred to as QRA2).
Due to the scale of the changes, both in terms of the QRA2 and new IFRA categories, the implementation period is expected to be longer than usual. The timelines are part of the consultation and so subject to change but are currently quoted as 13 months after publication for new creations and 25 months after publication for existing fragrance compounds.
The ProductVision system is already capable of handling the new IFRA classes and once the 49th Amendment has been published ASD will actively contact any affected customers and help them implement the changes. The flexibility of the ProductVision software enables both the IFRA 48th and IFRA 49th limits to be calculated simultaneously thus allowing comparison between the new and previous limits so customers can quickly assess the impact of the changes. Any customers wanting to get their hands on these changes before the official publication should contact their support representative.