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The International Fragrance Association (IFRA) will assume the fragrance-related regulatory and advocacy activities of the European Flavour & Fragrance Association (EFFA), effective January 1. At a time when a number of regional organizations, including US-based Fragrance Materials Association, are facing booming regulatory-related costs, IFRA's move seeks "sharper specialization at a time of increasingly difficult challenges facing the fragrance industry," in addition to an expansion of its advocacy and communication initiatives.
According to the announcement, "The eight national European associations will now become direct members of IFRA and an EU steering committee will be formed to guide the activities of the new department. This committee will consist of, among others, representatives of the national fragrance associations and direct members of IFRA." Meanwhile, the REACH task force and groups focused on specific EU issues (cosmetics, detergents and air care) will continue under the new IFRA European affairs department.
Two thirds of EFFA's current staff will remain with the rechristened European Flavours Association. Cristina Arregui, REACH manager, will move to the new IFRA EU affairs department.
Of the move, EFFA president Christian Solomon said, “The scope of EFFA will change. The membership felt that both sectors, flavors and fragrance, would be better served by dedicated association teams specializing in each area.”