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Cosmetics Europe and IFRA welcome the agreement on the CLP revision

  • Last updated: December 6, 2023

Brussels, 6 December 2023 - Cosmetics Europe and the International Fragrance Association (IFRA) welcomed the provisional agreement between the European Parliament and the Council on the revision of the Regulation on the Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Chemical Substances and Mixtures (CLP), reached yesterday following the trilogue discussions.

“We highly appreciate the recognition by the co-legislators of the need for specific provisions for the classification rules of substances with more than one constituent (‘MOCS’) extracted from plants or plant parts. This is a key development to support the future of the natural ingredients used in cosmetics and fragrances, which goes hand in hand with the EU’s objective to boost the bioeconomy”, said John Chave, Director General, Cosmetics Europe.

Maintaining the classification rules as they currently stand within CLP for these natural substances was critical, to avoid the overclassification of a number of natural substances, with a cascading effect on their continued use and authorization in cosmetic products.

A review clause has also been inserted in the final agreement, so that the European Commission presents a scientific report to the European Parliament and Council within the next 5 years.

“The agreement reached today also enshrines the need for clear scientific reasoning for the grouping of substances for harmonised classification and labelling”, said Aurelie Perrichet, Regional Director for Europe, IFRA. “We welcome this, to operationalise the grouping approach while preserving legal certainty. This is a critical point for our sector, given the anticipated impact of group restrictions on the perfumer’s palette”.

The CLP revision is the first completed building block of the EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability (CSS). The CSS will be complemented by other important milestones for our sectors, such as the revision of REACH and the review of the Cosmetics Products Regulation.


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Cosmetics Europe

Media representatives should address their questions to media@cosmeticseurope.eu

The International Fragrance Association

Charles de Lusignan, Global Communications Director

cdelusignan@ifrafragrance.org; +32484781176

About Cosmetics Europe

Cosmetics Europe is the European trade association for the cosmetics and personal care industry. Our members include cosmetics and personal care manufacturers, and also associations representing our industry at national level, right across Europe.

For more than 50 years, Cosmetics Europe has been the authoritative voice of the cosmetics and personal care industry in Europe. Our industry is closely regulated at European level, and for decades we have worked closely with policy makers to ensure that European regulation is as appropriate and effective as possible. As a consequence, our understanding of regulatory processes and how they impact our industry is unrivalled.

Membership of Cosmetics Europe allows associations and companies to truly help shape the regulatory and policy landscape within which our industry must operate.

About the International Fragrance Association

The International Fragrance Association, founded in 1973, represents the interests of the fragrance industry worldwide. IFRA comprises seven multinational Regular Members and 23 national associations in four global regions representing hundreds of small and medium-sized fragrance ingredient manufacturers, as well as supporting members. Its mission is to promote the safe use of fragrance for everyone’s enjoyment.

Fragrances are a key platform technology used by consumer goods companies – for fine fragrances, personal care products, household care and more.

IFRA’s flagship safe use program, the IFRA Standards, applies safety management measures based on scientific assessment and the evaluations of an independent Expert Panel. The program is at the heart of the IFRA Code of Practice, which applies to all IFRA members globally, including members of IFRA’s national associations. The Code also requires members to abide by local, national and international regulation, and to apply good manufacturing practices.

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