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FMA Study: Fragrance Residues from Candles

Posted: August 13, 2007

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The study was designed and the data were gathered in less than six months so that the IFRA Board and Science Committee could evaluate the data. The final draft report of the study was accepted and approved by the working group in January 2005. As a result the 6 month suspension of the cinnamic aldehyde and eugenol Standards published in the 38th Amendment were continued with previous Standards reinserted until publication of the new Standards incorporating the FMA data. RIFM incorporated the data from the study into the QRA model and new standards for cinnamic aldehyde and eugenol were published as part of the 40th Amendment in May 2006. The Standards now read "Due to negligible skin contact, the concentration of the fragrance ingredient should not exceed the usual concentration of the fragrance compound in the finished product." This translates into 5% for cinnamic aldehyde since that is what the data support. The FMA wishes to thank RIFM for writing up the findings of the FMA study into the publication we announce in this article. 

The FMA is pleased to have taken this initiative which fills a gap in the science of fragrance materials safety.

"Skin contact transfer of three fragrance residues from candles to human hands", Api A., Breadbenner A., McGowan M., Niemiera D., Parker L., Renskers K., Selim S., Sgaramella R., Signorelli R., Tefrow S, and Troy W. (2002) Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology 48, 279-283.