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FMA Recap: Fragrance in Tough Times
By: Jeb Gleason-Allured, Editor
Posted: April 20, 2009
Michael Carlos, Givaudan.
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During the event, FMA honored Kenneth Schrankel (formerly of IFF) for his contributions to the fragrance industry. In his acceptance, Schrankel discussed the value of cooperation among member companies in the interest of the industry. He thanked friends and colleagues for their work in key endeavors such as the advancement of qualitative risk assessment.
“My work in the industry as a volunteer for FMA has been a wonderful experience," he said. "I’ve always looked out for the industry, but I also looked out for IFF. I fully understood that if we didn’t stand together we’d fall ... Safety and regulatory concerns continue to expand due to continued pressures from consumers, NGOs and governments, [requiring] ever increasing vigilance."
Schrankel highlighted the need for the fragrance industry to have a seat at the table whenever its fate is being considered. "If you’re not part of the discussion," he noted, "it’s extremely unlikely you’ll be part of the solution." He added that emergency fixes are insufficient and can cause unintended consequences for the increasingly complex future. Schrankel urged a commitment by colleagues to developing the next generation of regulatory experts in a spirit of sound science and cooperation.
Finally, he thanked his wife and family for their patience throughout his career.