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IFRA and Cosmetics Europe welcome European Parliament’s support for the CLP revision

  • Last updated: October 4, 2023

Brussels, 4 October 2023 – The International Fragrance Association (IFRA) and Cosmetics Europe today welcomed the European Parliament’s support for the revision of the Regulation on the Classification, Labeling and Packaging of Chemical Substances and Mixtures (CLP). 

Changes to the CLP appreciated by IFRA and Cosmetics Europe include the classification of renewable substances of botanical origin and the grouping of substances. The adoption of the Parliament position means that a key part of the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability (CSS) is falling into place.

“IFRA and Cosmetics Europe together welcome the adoption of the European Parliament position. It represents a significant advance over the draft text originally proposed by the European Commission in December last year”, said Aurelie Perrichet, Regional Director for Europe at IFRA.

“The changes that Members of the European Parliament brought to the draft Regulation – specifically through specific provisions for the classification of renewable substances of botanical origin – are essential to supporting the future of the natural ingredients used in cosmetics and fragrances”, said John Chave, Director General of Cosmetics Europe. “These play an essential role in meeting the EU’s own ambition to boost the bio- and circular economies”.

“The European Parliament recognized that the grouping of chemical substances should be based on science and be in line with the provisions laid down by the REACH regulation”, said Ms Perrichet.

“We see it as essential that provisions and principles proposed by the European Parliament remain reflected in the final text following the trilogues”, said Mr Chave. “The EU Council recognized the need for carefully crafted provisions for the classification of ‘complex substances (containing more than one constituent) when they adopted their position in June 2023. Now, we trust that a fair and workable compromise can be reached in the negotiations between the Institutions”.

IFRA and Cosmetics Europe will continue to work with stakeholders to make sure that the interlocking pieces of legislation under the CSS are consistent and form a solid foundation for our sectors. This will ensure that consumers across Europe can continue to enjoy safe and sustainable fragrances and cosmetics.


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The International Fragrance Association

Charles de Lusignan, Global Communications Director

cdelusignan@ifrafragrance.org; +32484781176

Cosmetics Europe

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

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.

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.

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